Char Kway Teow | Flat Rice Noodles with Prawns

char kway teow

Char Kway Teow

Char Kway Teow | Flat Rice Noodles with Prawns

Char Kway Teow is a extremely easy to make street food, that is common in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. I have really liked the versions I have had in Indonesia and Malaysia. This version is a quickie Penang style Char Kway Teow with Prawns.

It is a stir fried noodle dish, using wide, flat and fresh Rice Noodles. I simply love it. The cooking is done in 2 minutes! Traditionally it was sold buy Farmers and Fisherman in the night markets  as a way for them to supplement their income. This version contains only prawns, but other meats are used commonly.

char kway teow recipe


Char Kway Teow | Flat Rice Noodles with Prawns

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Char kway teow

Recipe Name: Char kway teow
Recipe Type:  Noodles
Author: Shana c/o Recipes ‘R’ Simple
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Yield: ( 4 servings)


  • 4 1/2 cup fresh flat rice noodles /kway teow noodles (or use dried – see notes)
  • 16 prawns, peeled and de-veined
  • OPTIONAL to marinate the prawns (1 tsp sesame oil, 1 tsp green chili sauce or green tabasco, 1-2 Tbsp sliced yellow onion (vidalia) or shallots, Pinch turmeric and 1 tsp light soy sauce)
  • 3 tbsp garlic finely chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup bean sprout
  • ¹/3 cup chopped chinese chives
  • 2 tbsp dark soy
  • 1 tbsp light soy
  • 1 tsp chilli paste (see note)
  • 5 Tbsp oil


  • Optional : To add some extra depth to the flavor of the prawns, use the ingredients for marinating and set aside briefly.
  • Heat oil on medium heat in a wok. Carbon Steel Woks are preferred.
  • Add and fry garlic briefly, add prawns and toss 2 minutes on high heat. Prawns should be tender and not overcooked.
  • Add beansprout. Toss briefly. Cook longer if you like them tender.
  • Add beaten egg, to one side of the wok. After setting for 30 seconds, scramble and fry.
  • Add fresh noodles (rinsed once gently and drained). Toss well on high quickly
  • Immediately add the sauces and paste.
  • Mix well, till sauces are evenly distributed and noodles are heated through. Toss the wok to get some flaming action for added flavor.
  • Add chopped chives and serve hot.

Char kway teow

  • Dried Kway Teow Noodles are available more easily, although they may be thinner than the fresh variety. If using dried, soak in cool water (not hot) for 1 hour. Drain well and use. Soaking in hot water will cause noodles to become mushy.
  • If you can not find chinese chives, sing onion green may be used.
  • Chilli paste is made from soaking dried red chillies in very hot water for 30 minutes and then grinding without water to a paste. Sambal Oelek may be used as well, which incorporated fresh red chillies, ginger and garlic. I usually use the simpler chill paste.
  • The staple hawkers/ street vendors make this with the prawns quite fresh but still bland in taste for some. I like to add the simple additional marinade to boost the flavor.
  • I love the flavor fresh and hot from the wok. I do not recommend reheating this dish.
  • The prawns are cooked tender quite quickly using a wok. Do not overcook , this will lead to rubbery prawns.
  • Charcoal cooking gives and authentic smoky flavor to this dish.
  • I like to serve with some flash fried Asian String Beans on the side.

Key Ingredients: Rice Noodle,Prawns, Soy Sauce, Bean sprouts, Chives, Eggs, Oil, Chilli.

Leave a comment if you tried – Char kway teow  .

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2 thoughts on “Char Kway Teow | Flat Rice Noodles with Prawns

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