Street Food - Carrot Cake

May 31, 2012 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Street Food - Carrot Cake

Also Known As:
Carrot Cake, Fried Carrot Cake, Chai Tow Kway, Chai Tow Kueh, Chye Tow Kway, Chye Tow Kueh, Chai Tau Kway, Chai Tau Kueh, Kueh Kak



Average Price Per Serving:
SGD $2 - $6



Description:
The name of this dish, Carrot Cake, is a misnomer, as there are no carrots in the dish, and it has no relation whatsoever to the western style pastry dessert.


Carrot Cake is a Teochew dish, made with shredded white chinese radish (Daikon) and rice flour. The resulting radish cake (daikon cake), is then steamed.

For the actual Carrot Cake dish, the steamed radish cake is chopped into small cubes, and stir-fried with eggs, preserved radish (Chai Poh), minced garlic, fish sauce and chili.

From this point, there are 2 variations on Carrot Cake.

In Carrot Cake (White), the eggs are used to form a crispy outer crust around the radish cake. It takes great skill to prevent the eggs from overcooking while simultaneously forming an even crust.

As a result, some hawkers tend to just stir-fry the eggs into the mix, similar to how they would make Carrot Cake (Black).

Carrot Cake (White) should be moist inside, with a hint of sweetness. The crust should have a nice crunch with an eggy flavour, with a spicy kick from the chili.

In Carrot Cake (Black), dark sweet soy sauce is added, which results in a sweeter overall taste as compared to Carrot Cake (White).

Carrot Cake (Black) should have an even coating of sauce, and a nice caramelized flavour, with a more pronounced sweetness and the spicy kick from the chili.

Carrot Cake is often served garnished with spring onions (Scallions), bean sprouts or chinese parsley. Some premium versions may include prawns.


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Carrot Cake is one of those typical breakfast foods / guilty pleasures I crave...

These are the top 3 stalls which I feel serve the best Carrot Cake (White) and Carrot Cake (Black) in Singapore.


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Lau Goh Teochew Chye Thow Kway
@ 70 Zion Road #01-26
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 12pm - 2pm, 5pm - 11.45pm, Sun 10am - 3pm, 5pm - 11pm Closed Tue




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Geylang Fried Carrot Cake
@ 209 Hougang Street 21 #01-13
Opening Hours: 9.30am - 5pm Daily




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107 Carrot Cake
@ 107 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4 #01-164
Opening Hours: 4pm - 12am Daily




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Honourable Mention

Tiong Bahru Carrot Cake
@ 448 Clementi Avenue 3 #01-31
Opening Hours: Stall Closed, Chef Retired




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