Penang Hokkien Char (福建炒)
Penang Hokkien Char Noodles recipe
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
Did you watch The Amazing Race Penang episode last night? Catch it here if you’d missed it.
I haven’t been home to Penang since last June so I have been craving all sorts of Penang hawker/street food, including Penang Hokkien Char—a stir-fried noodles dish in a savory sauce and served with a dollop of sambal belacan at hawker centers.
A similar dish found in Malaysia is KL Hokkien Mee (check out the guest post by Citrus and Candy), which is thick noodles in a very dark-color sauce commonly found in KL and its surrounding areas. Penang Hokkien Char consists of a medley of yellow noodles and rice vemicelli, in a lighter sauce. I love eating Hokkien Char, flavoring the noodles with the pungent and spicy sambal belacan, it’s very tasty.
Penang Hokkien Char is usually served by Char Hor Fun hawkers, meaning you probably won’t find a stand-alone hawker stall selling only Hokkien Char, but if the hawker sells Char Hor Fun, it’s very likely that he/she also offers Hokkien Char, E-Fu Noodles, and others noodle dishes. So, be on the lookout for Char Hor Fun vendors if you wish to try this dish in Penang.
This is my easy Penang Hokkien Char recipe and you can get my sambal belacan recipe here. Enjoy!