Fried Carrot Cake - Toa Payoh

Whenever I mention Carrot Cake in Toa Payoh to my foodie friends, they immediately think of the famous stall located in Toa Payoh Lorong 1 (recipient of Makansutra Street Food Masters 2008 award).

Fried Carrot Cake - Blk 22 Lor 7 Toa Payoh Fried Carrot Cake @ S$2.50 / S$3

My family's favourite Fried Carrot Cake stall is located in Toa Payoh Lorong 7. We've been patronizing this stall for at least 15 years. We like the carrot cake here because the carrot cake is tasty and soft unlike the harder and blander ones sold at some other hawker stalls. I also like the chili that they use to fry the carrot cake with and would usually ask for a plate of "White Carrot Cake" with more chili.

For the uninitiated, Carrot Cake in the Asian context is actually steamed savoury radish cake and not the sweet baked dessert that was popularised in America. It is called carrot cake because the Chinese name for Radish is "White Carrot". Most Fried Carrot Cake stalls sell both "White Carrot Cake" and "Black Carrot Cake". The only differentiating factor is that the latter is fried with sweet dark soya sauce.

Xin Ji Fried Carrot Cake (Toa Payoh)
The stall is run by a middle-aged couple. They make their own carrot cake which is probably why the texture is so unlike the factory-made ones readily available in the many foodcourts that dot the island. If you're ever in that part of town, this is a Must-Try!

Xin Ji Fried Carrot Cake Block 22 Toa Payoh Lorong 7, #01-60, Singapore 310022