Actually, I went all the way to Old Airport Road Food Centre for Nam Sing Fried Hokkien Mee, not this. But it wasn’t my lucky day as Nam Sing was not opened, and so I settled for this stall, which I had never tried before. The name of this stall was quite interesting, it is believed they had other name before switching the current one ever since they placed a set of Lao Fu Zi figurines in front of their stall, and patrons started calling them Lao Fu Zi Fried Kway Teow.
Lao Fu Zi Fried Kway Teow is quite a famous stall in Singapore, they are almost an icon along with Hong Lim Market & Food Centre’s Outram Park Fried Kway Teow, but that does not necessary mean they are as good.
I went there over a Saturday afternoon, well past lunch time, and there weren’t any queue awaiting, just the odd patrons before me, and it didn’t take long for my order to be ready. Prices starts from $4 (I believe they had just hiked their price from $3 over the last year), and that was what I ordered. I confess for $4 from a hawker centre, it is considered pricey, but they made it up with a generous portion of Chinese sausage and cockles, as well as bean sprouts and fish cake slice. They served two different versions of fried kway teow, white & dark. I had the conventional dark version, I doubt their white version has anything to do with Penang style fried kway teow, I suspect the only difference was the use of the dark sweet sauce, not so much on other ingredients.
As it turned out, Lao Fu Zi’s dark fried kway teow was not as oily as most other vendors’, and came with only a mild sweetness. For $4, I would also expect a lime to provide some extra dimension, but wasn’t given any. I could feel the heat dissipated from the pan onto the noodle, and that was one good factor over their fried kway teow. But nevertheless, for their price and quality, it’s not something worth queueing long period for nor deserving a dedicate visit.
Oh, one sparkle during my visit… While I was eating, the stall was graced by a pair of silver lions, how they danced within such confined alley way and managed to piece together mandarin oranges forming auspicious word and giving out 4D numbers with poker card was simply amazing! Well, I was certainly in for a treat!
老夫子炒粿条 Lao Fu Zi Fried Kway Teow
51 Old Airport Road Food Centre & Shopping Mall
Block 51 Old Airport Road #01-12
Mon-Fri: 10:00-24:00 HR
Sat-Sun: 09:00-24:00 HR