Char Kuey Teow Recipe (炒粿條/Penang Fried Flat Noodles)

Authentic Penang Char Kuey Teow with step-by-step recipe guide. Char Kuey Teow is a famous Penang hawker food. The best Char Kuey Teow recipe on the web.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Malaysian
Keyword Char Kuey Teow
Servings 4 people
Calories 739 kcal


Chili Paste:

  • 1 oz. seeded dried red chiles, soak in water
  • 2 fresh red chilies, seeded
  • 3 small shallots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 pinch salt

Sauce (mix and blend well):

Other Ingredients:

  • 12 shelled prawn, submerge in ice cold water plus 2 tablespoons sugar for 30 minutes
  • 1 lb. fresh flat rice noodles, completely loosened and no clumps
  • 1 lb. bloody cockles, extract the cockles by opening its shell
  • 2 Chinese sausages, sliced diagonally
  • 1 bunch fresh bean sprouts, rinsed with cold water and drained
  • 1 bunch Chinese chives, removed about 1-inch of the bottom section and cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped finely


  1. Grind all the ingredients of the chili paste using a mini food processor until fine. Heat up a wok with 1 teaspoon oil and stir-fry the chili paste until aromatic. Dish out and set aside.
  2. Clean the wok thoroughly and heat it over high flame until it starts to smoke. Add 2 tablespoons oil/lard into the wok and add half the portion of chopped garlic into the wok and do a quick stir.
  3. Transfer six (6) prawn out of water and half the sausage slices into the wok. Make a few quick stirs with the spatula until the prawn starts to change color and you smell the aroma of the Chinese sausage.
  4. Add half the bean sprouts into the wok.
  5. Immediately follow by 8 oz. or half portion of the flat noodles.
  6. Add 2 1/2 tablespoons of the sauce into the wok and stir vigorously to blend well. Using the spatula, push the noodles to one side, and add a little oil on the empty area and crack an egg on it. Use the spatula to break the egg yolk and stir to blend with the egg white. Flip the noodles and cover the egg, and wait for about 15 seconds.
  7. Add about 1/2 tablespoon of chili paste (if you like it spicy, add more) and some cockle clams into the wok.
  8. Continue to stir-fry and make sure the egg is cooked through. Add chives, do a couple of quick stirs, dish out and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Repeat the same and make another serving of Char Kuey Teow using the remaining ingredients. Please take note of the proper sequence of the cooking process. This is how it's done by Char Kuey Teow hawkers in Penang, an art that I love watching since I was a child. Also, a great plate of authentic Penang Char Kuey Teow should be medium brown in color. It shouldn't be too dark with too much dark soy sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Char Kuey Teow Recipe (炒粿條/Penang Fried Flat Noodles)
Amount Per Serving (4 people)
Calories 739 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 2809mg 117%
Potassium 521mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 114g 38%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 6g
Protein 34g 68%
Vitamin A 47.9%
Vitamin C 42.6%
Calcium 10.8%
Iron 122.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.