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Bedok Blk 511 Carrot Cake – Still only $1.50!
By Alfred July 24, 2009
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Bedok Blk 511 Carrot Cake – Still only $1.50!
Fast Facts
Carrot Cake (菜頭粿)
Chinese Cuisine
Hawker Centre
Price Range:
S$1 - S$5
Rating Range:
7 to 7.9
Bedok (勿洛)
Food Centre:
Bedok North Blk 511 Food Centre
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For some hawkers, outsourcing of ingredients nowadays seems to be the natural thing to do. The reason is because the making of some ingredients can be a time consuming and labour intensive process, so much so that at the end of the day, they may be left wondering ‘What’s the point?’ after calculating the cost of earning that few more bucks.

As a matter of fact, ‘Outsourcing’ exists in many areas of our lives. Long long time ago, our forefathers were still catching their own fishes and growing their own greens. Then barter trade became effective because it makes sense to concentrate on developing specific skills. When there is a need to make something a benchmark of value, gold standard was invented and so that’s how this era has developed into a currency world.

Quality unfortunately is offsetted in many cases of outsourcing when emphasis is being placed on delivering value more than anything else and so mediocreness became rampant as is the case with mass produced food. Yet for many hawkers, the risks derive from outsourcing are hard to be quantified because they are only doing small scale businesses.

So that is why stalls that still make their own ingredients like fishballs, noodles or carrot cakes are really a gem in the eyes of many customers. Do you guys think some hawkers who die die must make their own ingredients have that little more passion in delivering quality food? Or do you think they actually care more about earning that few bucks more? The truth is most of the time, these hawkers who choose to produce their own ingredients really do have a certain amount of authenticity in their food, at least the diluted flavour which is so commonly found in factory made ingredients is not visible. So what do you guys think? For passion or for more profit?

But however to be fair, certain factory produced ingredients do have some standard and still can be quite shiok. Take for example ingredients like carrot cake, sometimes I do wonder how much better can carrot cake gets since it’s just still the cake of the carrot and also a plate of carrot cake is not all that cake of the carrot that matters but how the seller fries it. And also for food like Char Kway Teow, does it not matters more of how the seller fries it than the quality of noodles or kway teow per se?

This carrot cake stall at Bedok Blk 511 is renting a small space from an evening Cze Char stall to sell carrot cake in the morning because a Cze Char stall obviously doesn’t open in the morning. I do notice that this kind of partnership is becoming more and more popular where stalls are also ‘outsourcing’ their space for their lull period. This kind of arrangement must be a good thing for customers because utilising stalls in this way can infact decrease the overheads for hawkers and lets hope that all these savings are passed on to consumers – fingers crossed!

Now it’s probably for this reason that this particular stall is still selling chai tow kway from $1.50! Forget about the quality, it’ll be hard enough to find a plate of any food for $2 nowadays ok? But yet this stall is dishing out one of the best dark chai tow kway from $1.50, isn’t that a very fantastic deal? Dark chai tow kway is not all about putting the dark soy sauce into the wok only but the timing and the wetness is extremely important. For me this stall has got it right because they actually take the effort to fry the carrot cake till a little crispy before adding the right amount of water and dark soy sauce to form this fantastic texture that can go very very well with your prawn noodle soup or bak chor mee soup. Absolutely a must spend $1.50 if you want to have a fulfilling breakfast in this hawker centre.

Price: $1.50 onwards

Conclusion: This carrot cake is one of the cheapest but yet one of the better ones around. Simply can’t ask for more!

Likes: Crispy and sweet enough.

Dislikes: Would be good if it can go a little more wet.

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Readers' Comment(s) : 2
Lim Boon Tiong says:

wa….. finding a stall that sell $1.50 food is like finding a needle in a hay sack.

Hows the quality for the “white” thai tow kway ?
is it as good as the black sauce one?

Posted July 24, 2009
Alfred says:

Never try before. Will do so in my next trip! Wait for my field report.

Posted July 25, 2009
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