Saturday, January 5, 2008

Char Kway Teow at Whampoa Hawker Centre

In one of the previous post, I mentioned that Whampoa Market has got two stalls opened for dinner. One of them is now opened only from 7am to 3pm :( I don't know why they like this kind of hours, we have so many vegetarian stalls opening at this time slot. The remaining vegetarian stall specialises in Char Kway Teow and other a few other wok-fried dishes like Hor Fan etc. I am glad to find out that they don't serve with eggs - vegan!

We ordered the dark char kway teow and the hor fan. It took a while before we are served as there was only one man at the stall doing all the preparation and cooking.

The hor fan was very different from the usual vegetarian hor fan where you get dark, fire-burned, and dried kway teow served with thick gravy. I ever saw the man at Cong Cong vegetarian stall does his hor fan. He throw the kway teow into the wok and let the oil in the wok catch fire twice, and he does his vegetables and gravy separately. The hor fan from whampoa market looks very "white" and smooth still, I presume he didn't do it the same way. The gravy was also different, it taste a little of chinese herbs and it was more watery instead of thick.


Now for the Char Kway Teow. It was different as well, but I couldn't really describe the taste, except for the mushrooms which were cooked using five spice.

9 comments:

Edanator said...

I agree about some stalls having strange opening hours. My closest stall, which was excellent, closed down a year ago, but a new sign "Vegetarian Restaurant" was put in place. However, for the longest time, I never saw any activity in the stall and assumed they decided not to open after all. I was wrong, of course. They simply had those 7-15 opening hours and I normally only come there at night. I've only visited this stall a three times since, only because of their odd opening hours. If they had been open at night I'd come there at least once a week. They've lost a good client...

dreamy said...

Maybe you can tell them next time you visit them :)

It's very strange why they want these kind of opening hours maybe they think ppl will be doing overtime and eat near their workplace..

Heikki said...

Oh, I miss eating Char Kway Teow! No place to get vegetarian Char Kway Teow in Helsinki. Hmm, I definitely should try to cook it myself...

Edanator said...

My nearest veg stall seems to have closed now... :-(

Jari (travelling-vegan) said...

Ah, I love mushrooms so this last picture looks really interesting. I don't think I've tried Char Kway Teow... or what is it in Mandarin?

Anonymous said...

Wow, the picture you took on the Char Kway Teow looks nice & I feel like ordering a plate. Does it taste as sweet or normal Char Kway Teow taste?

dreamy said...

I didn't knew you know char kway teow Heikki :) It's usually found in Malaysia and Singapore.

Hay.. vegetarian stores seems to be opening all the time and closing too :S

Jari, it's call 炒果条 in chinese.

Hi anonymous,
no it doesn't taste as sweet. It's got a taste different from most char kway teow, but i would rate it so-so.

Heikki said...

Yeah, I was eating it often when I was living in Penang. Non-vegetarian version, though -- I wasn't vegetarian back then...

dreamy said...

Oooo hahaha at 1st I thought you were South east asian or smth :)

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