Thursday, 3 July 2014

Char Kuey Teow

Char Kuey Teow is a fried flat rice noodles with zero vegetables, seafood such as prawn, squid and shellfish. This is another Chinese dish which taste amazingly fresh and delicious when eaten piping hot. Vegetables are not required in this fried rice noodles preparation as the flat rice noodles have a smooth, soft texture which may spoil with the excess liquid oozing out of vegetables. The flat rice noodles are cooked on high flame quickly but with delicate care. You can buy this type of rice noodles at any Chinese grocery store or in a wet market. In order to elevate the flavor of the dish, I have used a bunch of chives abundantly and bean sprouts also have given a nice crunch as well as counterbalanced the spicy red sambal incorporated in this fried noodles. This is my style of making fried Char Kuey Teow which is spicy and tasty.

Char Kuey Teow

Ingredients :

Flat rice noodles : 1 small packet
Fish balls : 1 small packet
Prawns : some
Chives : a bunch chopped finely
Bean sprouts : 2 handfuls
Lime : half to 1
Light soy sauce : 3 tbsp
Black pepper powder : 1/8 tsp
Salt : as per your taste
Oil : 3 tbsp

Chives, red sambal paste and fish balls
Bean sprouts or Taugeh

Flat rice noodles

Ingredients for making spicy red sambal paste :

Dry red chillies : 6 (adjust accordingly)
Small red onions : 4
Garlic : 5 cloves

Method :

1.Grind all the ingredients mentioned under 'Spicy red sambal' with enough water. Smooth sambal paste is ready and keep aside.

2. In a wide wok on medium high flame, pour 3 tbsp of oil, add sambal paste, fish balls cut into half and prawns. Fry them until the raw smell of sambal dissipates.

3. Make a well in the center of the wok, pour beaten egg with added salt and 1/8 tsp of black pepper powder and a little oil. Leave it undisturbed for 4 minutes. After that, along with finely chopped chives, you may start to scramble the egg quickly with the rest of the mixture in the wok.

4. Lastly, add flat rice noodles, bean sprouts, 3 tbsp of light soy sauce, salt and give quick stir. Mix well, so that the sauce will coat completely on the noodles. Do not add water and only 3-5 minutes of stirring required after adding the noodles. If you further cook the rice noodles, it will be mushy. 

5. Serve piping hot in a plate with freshly squeezed of half lime.

Char Kuey Teow


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