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(Penang) Char Kuey Teow

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Here is the numerously requested Penang 'Char Kuey Teow' recipe. These noodles with its smoky flavour are considered a national favourite of Malaysians and Singaporeans.

Total Time

Preparation 20 mins
Cooking 20 mins

Dish Type

Main

Alternate Names

Malaysian Stir-Fried Rice Noodles, Char Kway Teow, Kuey Teow Goreng, 炒粿条

Cuisines

Malaysian, Singaporean


Ingredients

Servings:
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
1⁄2 tbsp oyster sauce
1⁄2 tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp sugar
1⁄2 tsp pepper
2 tbsp oil
1⁄2 Chinese sausage(s)
1 tbsp chilli paste (cili boh)
1 garlic clove(s)
1⁄2 fish cake
6 prawns
180 g rice noodles
1 egg(s)
bean sprouts
chinese chives

Nutrition per Serving

Calories

587 kcal

Carbs

79 g

Fat

21 g

Protein

18 g

Background

The Chinese term ‘Char kuey teow’ means stir-fried flat rice noodles. It may have originated from China's province Guangdong but various versions of stir-fried rice are found in many Southeast Asian countries. It was sold first by sold by fishermen, farmers and cockle-gatherers throughout Southeast Asia. They used all the leftovers they had to create this dish and sell for extra income. In East Malaysia, char kuey teow is synomous with Penang, a state of Malaysia. Today, char kuey teow is now one of the most popular dishes in Malaysia and Singapore. It may be just another stir-fried noodles recipe, the tips shared below will make or break your dish if you aim to have it just like in the Penang hawker centre.

How to pronounce char kuey teow?

Let us just agree that the pronunciation of char kuey teow itself is already a little tricky for non-Cantonese speakers. Just watch the video here if you want to listen to its correct pronunciation.

How do you make char kuey teow sauce?

Char kuey teow sauce is a special concoction which consist of soy sauce, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, sugar and pepper.

Authentic char kuey teow

Preparing a plate of char kuey teow just like in Penang not only requires the right ingredients but also the correct techniques. I found that it is better to prepare it in small amount, that is one plate at a time unless you have a big wok to work with or you are a true professional. I learned that the noodles would turn soggy when too much sauce is added all at once.

The noodles have to be stir-fried at the highest heat. That is why you need to be fast at stirring the noodles or else they would be burnt. A slightly charred taste is all we need for these noodles to have the smoky flavour for which they are famous for.

How to serve char kuey teow?

You may add chopped preserved vegetables, blood cockles or even fry the noodles using pork lard. You can enjoy it together with some raw 'sambal belacan' and a slice lime or calamansi. Whichever way you like it, a plate of 'Char Kuey Teow' brings the taste of home to every Malaysian especially for those who are abroad.

The recipe for the chili paste 'cili boh' can be found in our extensive library of time-tested recipe ideas.


Food Snaps

Awesome!!! After trying so many recipes.. this is the closest i have gotten. Thanks.
CKT... another one of my guilty pleasures. I guess I am biased to this dish since I come from Penang :)
this is damn good
Thank for the website and youtube.
Delicious!  Just like I remember from when I lived in Malaysia!  :)
My first attempt on Char Kway Teow from inspiration from the street hawkers and also Nyonya Cooking :-)
Very simple dish to cook. Succeed at first try. Just follow the instructions and you're good to go.

How to Prepare

(Penang) Char Kuey Teow Step 1

Step 1 of 6

  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1⁄2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1⁄2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1⁄2 tsp pepper

Mix soy sauce, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, sugar and pepper evenly.

(Penang) Char Kuey Teow Step 2

Step 2 of 6

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1⁄2 Chinese sausage(s)
  • 1 tbsp chilli paste (cili boh)
  • 1 garlic clove(s)

Heat a wok over high heat. To cook 2 plates of char kuey teow, pour oil into wok. Add slices of Chinese sausage, minced garlic and chilli paste. Sauté until fragrant.

(Penang) Char Kuey Teow Step 3

Step 3 of 6

  • 1⁄2 fish cake
  • 6 prawns

Then, sauté prawns and fish cake for about 30 seconds.

(Penang) Char Kuey Teow Step 4

Step 4 of 6

  • 180 g rice noodles
  • 1 egg(s)

Add noodles to wok and quickly stir-fry them while adding few spoonfuls of sauce at a time. Then, add an egg to the noodles.

(Penang) Char Kuey Teow Step 5

Step 5 of 6

  • bean sprouts
  • chinese chives

Finally, add chopped Chinese chives and bean sprouts. Continue stir-frying noodles until vegetables are cooked.

(Penang) Char Kuey Teow Step 6

Step 6 of 6

Serve hot and enjoy as it is or with raw 'sambal belacan'.

Published: March 11, 2016