Hawker centers are such a pervasive part of Singapore culture and with stalls found almost at any corner of the city state, one has to stand out. Stall "No.18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow" is one of those that prides itself with its many cut-out positive newspaper reviews pasted at the stall front. Perhaps the one thing that I find particularly amusing is the signboard above the stall that reads "Hallelujah! Charismatic cooking."
The char kway teow here is famous and popular, as evidenced by the line during peak hours. The small bites of crispy pork lard are a nice sinful treat. The fish cakes are lovely. There is also a generous amount of cockles- almost every spoonful of noodle into my mouth has a piece of cockle in it, which is my favorite indulgence. The fried noodles is moist and flavorful with a good depth.
Over at the "Double Happy Bak Kut Teh" stall, the first thing we notice is the darker color of the pork ribs soup compared to the clear soup that is typical of Singapore-style bak kut teh. The darker color makes the soup tastier but still not as intense as the herb and spice-focused Malaysian-style bak kut teh. An order for 2 people comes in a claypot. The pork ribs are tender and lean, but still enough with some occasional fat to help render the pork during the cooking process to make the meat tender.
Zion Riverside Food Centre
70 Zion Road
No.18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow #01-17
Double Happy Bak Kut Teh #01-29