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Song Chew Char Kway Teow At Bedok Blk 511
By Alfred July 9, 2009
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Song Chew Char Kway Teow At Bedok Blk 511
Fast Facts
Food:
Char Kway Teow (炒粿条)
Type:
Chinese Cuisine
Setting:
Hawker Centre
Price Range:
S$1 - S$5
Rating Range:
6 to 6.9
Location:
Bedok (勿洛)
Food Centre:
Bedok North Blk 511 Food Centre
Recommended For:
Dinner
Reviewed by:
Alfred

If you were to start a food business in a hawker centre, do you prefer to concentrate on selling just 1 kind of food or would you try to diverse that concentration by selling many different varieties?

If you were to sell just 1 kind, your targetted audience will be reduced. If you were to sell more varieties, though you can reach a bigger targetted pool but your quality of food may suffer since you have to spread your concentration among all the food, something akin to ‘jack of all trades and master of none’. So which one is better?

Of course like many other things, there are no absolute answer here. Either situation can turn out good. Mee Pok Tah stalls can make money, Mee Pok cum Hae Mee cum Lor Mee stalls also can make money. Business decisions like this sometime require more than just making the decision. I do wonder will the most successful hawker we can find in the market be also successful if they were to be in another trade, because it is clear that the most successful ones are not those that can only produce delicious food but they can make a lot of right business decisions too.

The fact is whenever I’m in an unfamiliar eating place, I would try to avoid outlets like Char Kway Teow cum Hokkien Mee stall or Chicken Rice cum Western Food kind of stall. Food like Char Kway Teow or Western Food isn’t exactly something that you can have a bad plate and then forget about it. The ‘unhealthiness’ is so great that if I really need to eat one of those high calories meal, I want the best deal possible. And if I were to see a Western Food seller spending half his time chopping chicken, that will undoubtedly make me wonder whether he can give me the best deal.

At first look, Song Chew at Bedok North Street 3 Block 511 Food Centre come across as one of those stalls that are keen to target a big pool of eaters. They sell Lor Mee by day, Char Kway Teow and Laksa by night. Now I already know that their Lor Mee is quite good but yet those kind of food is something people don’t eat at night so they came up with this Char Kuay Teow and Laksa combination at night which I must say is quite mean. One is stir fried and the other is spicy, it’s really one of those combination where you can order one of each and share it with your partner, eat a spoonful of Char Kway Teow and then follow by a spoonful of Laksa soup, slurp!

Now we all know that it is common to see a Hokkien Mee cum Char Kway Teow stall or a Hae Mee cum Mee Pok Tah stall because sellers obviously would like to sell food that has the same cooking method, so they can use the same wok or use the same pot of hot water etc. But yet Song Chew is doing the ultimate! The seller needs to Char the Kway Teow one min and then boil some noodles for Laksa the next. It does seems like he’s doing it for good reasons, so lo and behold I decided to give it a shot.

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Absolutely spot on! It was an above average plate of Char Kway Teow which has hits that seem to be quite effective on my umami. There is enough wok hei, enough wetness, enough sweetness and most importantly, enough delicious lards and fresh hums to go around. It is slightly wetter than what I would expect from a Char Kway Teow but it does have it’s own kind of uniqueness and definitely not too far off from being a killer plate. Would be interesting if it had been that little more dry but yet with the same level of wokheiness. This is a rather safe $2.50 spent and I must also say that the photo doesn’t do justice to the taste, it definitely tasted better than how it looked above.

Price: $2.50

Conclusion: You’ll like this if you like your Char Kway Teow to be a little more wet. Though it’s that tad more wet, the wokheiness and sweetness were not compromised.

Likes: Wokeheiness and sweetness comparable to some of the best Char Kway Teow around.

Dislikes: If only it can go that little more dry.

Address Overall Rating

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Song Chew Fried Kway Teow
Bedok North Market & Food Centre
Blk 511
# 01-34
Bedok North Street 3
Singapore 460511


Food:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Value:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Service:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Ambience:
6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 

Cleanliness:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Overall:
6.75/10 ★★★★★★¾☆☆☆ 


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

wa…. i always prefer char kway teow that is wetter as compare to those dry sticky ones. this one looks good !!!

you have to try the LAKSA and LOR MEE next time….. and see whether the standard is above average too. :)

damn…. if only i stay nearer to Bedok… so many HO LIAOs to eat…….

Posted July 10, 2009
Alfred says:

Well you’re not very far from bedok also, just 15 mins down the PIE la. I am also so far to amk tpy area where there are so much ho liaos. Surely we have our fair share of hits(and misses)!

Posted July 10, 2009
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