Quan Ji Cooked Food: Wok hei-laden plates of char kway teow & Hokkien mee with crispy pork lard

While visiting Hougang Hainanese Food Village recently to write my list of best places to eat  , I discovered Quan Ji Cooked Food (泉記熟食) tucked away at a secluded corner. This food stall sells 2 dishes: Hokkien mee and char kway teow— simple and straightforward. Just how I like it.

quan ji cooked food - hawker stall

The stall is headed by 38-year-old Mrs Lu and her husband who have been running it for the past 9 years. Mrs Lu hails from Hainan, China, and had never stepped foot in the kitchen before she took over the business.

quan ji cooked food - hawker owners

Since the previous stall owner wanted to give up the stall, she decided to give it a go. Using just 2 days to learn the ropes, her journey at the beginning was far from a walk in the park.

quan ji cooked food - pork lard

Customers’ feedback was very important to her, and she received them with a positive attitude. After tons of practice, Mrs Lu gradually improved and perfected her cooking skills.

Most of the ingredients here are made from scratch which include the prawn stock, pork lard, chilli, and even the chopped garlic (which they peel themselves by hand).

What I tried at Quan Ji Cooked Food

quan ji cooked food - char kway teow

I was excited to try the Fried Kway Teow (S$4 for small). It was a lovely mess of fried kway teow mee, lup cheong, fish cake, cockles, egg, beansprouts, green vegetables and a generous topping of pork lard chunks.

quan ji cooked food - closeup of char kway teow

To my surprise, the Fried Kway Teow wasn’t as oily as I expected it to be. There was a substantial amount of wok hei infused into this dish which seduced my taste buds, inviting me to go for seconds (and more). Mrs Lu added a generous amount of black sweet sauce, which made the noodles taste slightly sweet. It was totally up my alley although my dining partner preferred it to be more savoury.

quan ji cooked food - collage of food

The pieces of lup cheong and fishcake gave bursts of flavour and texture to the dish. The cockles were plump and fresh, which added briny infusion of the ocean in every bite.

quan ji cooked food - pork lard closeup

My favourite part of the dish were the mini golden nuggets of pork lard which were fried to perfection. The outer crispy crust acted as a protective layer for the creamy fattiness within, revealing its magical flavour in full swing the moment you chew into it.

Mrs Lu had an entire container of freshly-fried lard displayed at the front of her stall, and I was tempted to steal the whole tub!

quan ji cooked food - hokkien mee

I then moved on to the Fried Hokkien Noodle (S$4.50 for small). It was a combination of bee hoon and yellow noodles stir-fried with egg, taugeh, slices of pork belly, a bunch of prawns and sotong.

The fiery looking chilli at the side stood out like a diamond in the rough, and I was slightly intimidated by its outlook.

quan ji cooked food - chilli upclose

quan ji cooked food - noodle toss

I judged it too soon. The heat from the chilli wasn’t as spicy as I had thought, which allowed me to enjoy the full experience of the noodles without the spice stealing its limelight.

I gave the plate of noodles a mini citrus spa by squeezing some calamansi onto the ingredients— this brightened up every element on the plate with its tangy acidity. It also helped to tone down the richness of the dish, allowing me to have more without being overwhelmed by jelak-ness

quan ji cooked food - calamansi squueze

What stood out for me were the shiok pieces of buttery pork belly, which melted in my mouth in an instant. If you’re a lover of lean meat, this is definitely not for you!

quan ji cooked food - pork belly

It worked hand-in-hand together with the fried pork lard pieces, producing different dimensions of deliciousness in the Fried Hokkien Noodle.

quan ji cooked food - seafood

The pieces of prawns were fresh and juicy. Many establishments fall short when preparing sotong, causing them to be chewy and tough. I was glad that Quan Ji Cooked Food does it so well.

Final Thoughts

quan ji cooked food - overview

Mrs Lu told me something that has since been imprinted in my mind. “I believe in one thing, if you put your heart and soul into something, you’ll be rewarded. I’ve given my everything to this stall.”

I thoroughly enjoyed her Hokkien mee and char kway teow which she has executed with such finesse. Her efforts and gung-ho attitude have really worked in her favour.

Moving forward, you’ll see me patronising them very often for sure.

Expected damage: S$4.50 – S$6.50 per pax

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Our Rating: 4.5 / 5

Quan Ji Cooked Food

105 Hougang Ave 1, Hougang Hainanese Village Centre, #02-37, Singapore 530105

Our Rating 4.5/5

Quan Ji Cooked Food

105 Hougang Ave 1, Hougang Hainanese Village Centre, #02-37, Singapore 530105

Operating Hours: 9am - 7pm (Wed to Mon), Closed on Tue

Operating Hours: 9am - 7pm (Wed to Mon), Closed on Tue