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Penang Hokkien Char (福建炒)


Penang Hokkien Char Recipe (福建炒)

6 oz. vermicelli (soaked in warm water until soft, drained)
6 oz. yellow noodles (rinsed with cold water, drained)
6 shrimp (shelled and deveined)
4 fish balls (cut into slices)
2 oz. pork (cut into slices)
2 oz. choy sum/Chinese mustard green (cut into 2-inch lengths)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
4 oz. bean sprouts
2 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoon kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)
3 dashes white pepper powder
2 tablespoons oil
3/4 cup water
Fried shallot crisps


Heat up a wok on high flame/heat and add cooking oil. When the oil is heated, add the minced garlic and stir-fry until aromatic. Add the pork slices, shrimp, fish balls, into the wok and stir-fry until they are half-cooked. Add in the choy sum, bean sprouts, noodles, vermicelli and toss all the ingredients quickly with the spatula. Add the soy sauce, sweet soy sauce (kecap manis), water, pepper powder, and keep stirring until the noodles are cooked through (make sure not to overcooked the noodles). Dish out and garnish with some fried shallot crisps and serve immediately with a dollop of sambal belacan.

Cook’s Note:

In the United States, I can’t find Malaysian thick soy sauce, which is slightly sweet in taste so I often use Indonesian kecap manis as a substitute. If you are in Malaysia, use the local thick soy sauce. If you can’t find kecap manis, you can use Chinese-style dark soy sauce, but you might want to add a pinch of sugar to balance the flavor of this dish.

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      • Peter Kong

        Hi Bee! You can get Ibumie (Har mee flavor) instant noodles in packets in Malaysia. Of course they can’t beat the original but the flavor is there as is. Maybe you can add some extra ingredients to improve the flavor.

        Give it a try if you haven’t tried it before next time you are back in Penang.

  1. This looks soooo delicious. I’ll be in Malaysia in several months and hope to try it. BTW I was inspired by your older post on Roti Jala and made it with my Malaysian chicken curry. Delicious, though when I’m in KL next I have to find one of the roti jala moulds

  2. jeanette

    Next time I go back to Malaysia, I will make it a point to go to Penang. Meanwhile, I will try your recipes. Keep it up. But try the food in Malacca. You will be surprise.

  3. I’m salivating! I’ve never been to Penang, but I can’t resist any kind of Asian noodle dish, especially when it’s full of seafood and sweet soy sauce. Hopefully, one day, I’ll get to Penang and taste it from one of those great hawker stands.

    • Carolyn – me too. I love noodles more than rice, give me noodles and I will take it anytime! Yes, hopefully you will get to visit Penang one day. If you love street food and culture, you would love Penang.

  4. Hi
    I left Penang in year 1994 and missed the food there. Your blog has reminded me the many happenings in Penang especially the Hokkien Mee. I remember the “Hokkien Mee” in Penang is the noodle in prawn soup, and few slice of small prawn and meat.
    And the same is called “Prawn Mee” but bigger piece of prawn. Am I correct?
    (I don’t exactly remember now )

  5. Irene Benny

    Your Blog looks great! I share all those great Penang hawkers food to all my friends. I missed Penang food so much, like you said Noodles are my top choice. Each time I’m in Penang I will go for Noodles Soup or Fried Noodles. Thank you for the recipe and keep coming!

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