How to make Char Kway Teow
Char Kway Teow

How to make Char Kway Teow

Char Kway Teow is our another traditional recipe right from the streets of Malaysia. A difficult recipe to follow, a bit of an art but skillfully perfected by the Malaysian Hawkers. We have taken the liberty to try and master an easy recipe of Char Kway Teow for you.

Level: Easy

Time: 20 mins

Yield: 3

Char Kway Teow Recipe:


1 tablespoon olive/vegetable oil

1 teaspoon minced garlic

200 grams kway teow (wide rice noodle)

1/2 tablespoon sambal chilli

1/2 lup cheong sausage/ Chinese sausage, sliced thinly

40 grams fried fish cake, sliced thinly

10 small prawns/shrimp

80 grams bean sprouts

3 stalks Chinese chives (koo chye) cut to 5 cm (2 inch) length

2 heaped tbsp fresh cockle meat

2 tbsp cockle juice

1 egg


1 tbsp dark soy sauce to taste

1 1/2 tbsp kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) to taste

1/2 tsp fish sauce to taste


Char Kway Teow
Char Kway Teow


  • Mix all ingredients of sauce in a bowl.
  • Heat water in a large bowl and add the whole packet of noodles to it.
  • After cooking the noodles, carefully measure out 500g/1 lb noodles into a heatproof bowl. Separate noodles stuck together.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large non-stick skillet over high heat.
  • Add shrimp and cook for 1 1/2 minutes until just cooked through, then remove into a bowl
  • Add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil then add egg and cook, to make a thick omelette. Once set, chop it up roughly using a wooden spoon. Then remove it in a bowl.
  • Add Chinese sausage and fish cake, and cook for 1 minute until sausage is caramelised, then add to bowl.
  • Add bean sprouts and Chinese chives, stir fry briefly to mix everything, wait for beans to wilt and then remove in a bowl.
  • Add lard, add garlic then immediately add noodles. Fold gently 4 times using a spatula to disperse the oil through noodles.
  • Tip all the other ingredients back and fold gently twice, then pour all the sauce over.
  • Gently toss 5-6 times till the sauce mixes, pausing in between to allow the noodles to have a chance to caramelise on the edges a bit.
  • Remove from stove and serve immediately.

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