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Char Kuey Teow

Char Kuey Teow/Char Kway Teow (炒粿條)

A plate of hot-off-the-wok Penang Char Kuey Teow (fried flat noodles) with shrimp and cockles/bloody clams (circled), with a cup of Kopi-O (dark coffee).

For readers who are not familiar with Malaysian street food, Char Kuey Teow is one of the most popular street food in Malaysia. It’s also a much-recommended dish at Malaysian restaurants in the United States. To read more about the origin of this dish, please click here

If you wanted to learn more about the fabulous street food offered in Malaysia and their recipes, please check out my following posts:

  1. An Insider’s Guide to Penang Hawker Food
  2. Penang Char Hor Fun
  3. Penang Hokkien Mee 1 and 2.
  4. Photoblog: Introducing Penang Hawkers

Now what is that one food that you constantly miss from your hometown?

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36 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. Lydia

    Oh, Penang hawker food….my favorite is mee goreng — I still get cravings even though it’s been 10 years since I last visited Penang.

  2. Lucy Bites

    My favorite Char Koay Teow stall is the one at the corner coffee shop along Burmah Rd, same row as Baskin Robbins. The uncle fry his CKT on charcoal fire and it tastes really good. I never fail to eat there everytime I go back to Penang.

  3. Danielle

    This is going to sound weird, but I miss pho. I live in my hometown still (NYC), but my favorite pho place closed down a few years ago and I haven’t been able to find another great one yet.

  4. veron

    I don’t understand why the Philippines do not have more hawker food. Now I really want to visit Malaysia! Something tells me I’ll be in food heaven just eating from Penang hawkers.

  5. mycookinghut

    Definitely one of the dishes that I will not miss when I go to Penang!
    The one dish that I miss from my hometown, which I am going to write on my blog following the one that I posted on the 21/10/07. Check it out!

  6. Vicki

    A Chicago-style hot dog. No, wait, I lived in the suburbs – a Portillo’s Italian beef sandwich with giardineira. Argh. I miss home.

  7. lucia

    oohh!! i just had a plate of hot-off-the-wok char koay teow today during my office lunch hour. yummy!

    yep char koay teow is indeed very popular in penang. in fact all those out of penang who came to penang will usually never miss trying penang’s char koay teow.

    long live char koay teow!

  8. Chasing-Rainbows

    Teh tarik! Roti Bakar! Siu Mai! Har Kow! Char Siu! Siu Yok! Hokkien Mee! “Kong Foo Yin Yong”!

    So many, I’ve lost count.

    Ur photo make me feel HUNGRY!!!

  9. "Joe" who is constantly craving

    omg..i havent had this for ages..too high contents of fat n n n ..everything else!

    best eaten with raw cockles..

  10. Nate 2.0

    hmm, I miss ahi limu poke – cubes of sashimi-grade tuna fish marinated in soy sauce and sesame oil, sprinkled with some chopped seaweed.

    I miss Penang-style CKT as well, but Penang’s not my hometown.

  11. wie

    Oyster omelette (o-cien) sold at Newton Circus food court in Singapore. Hokkien char kway teow is also pretty up there.

    My all time favorite dish is Hainanese Chicken Rice but this one is much easier to make. I think this dish is different from one restaurant to another or from one family to another. I love my mom’s the best (of course!) but recently I had managed to learn how to make it according to my likings. =D

  12. Su Nam

    Oh yeah! Char koay teow! I’m from Penang and now living in KL. Can’t find a decent plate here, much less charcoal-fried. Any idea where to find good CKT in KL?

    CKT, cendol, hokkien mee (THE penang prawn mee), chee cheong fun, mee goreng mamak, oh cien, laksa (both Assam and Thai)… Oh God… my stomach’s rumbling…

    Everytime in Penang, I’d just drop my bags, eat like a hungry ghost THEN visit my Dad! Explains why I’d gain nearly 2kgs when I come back to KL!

  13. Alison

    would you please post an authentic recipe for the char kway teow?

    Thanks so much! I love your recipes!

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