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Penang Char Koay Teow Recipe: Malaysia’s Signature Dish

delicious Kway Teow from Southeast AsiaChar Koay Teow, which literally translates to “stir-fried rice cake strips” or “flat fried noodles” is a dish found all over Southeast Asia and we have a great recipe.

Our Asia-crazy Sandra Scott just returned from a tour of Malaysia and brings back this delicious recipe for Char Koay Teow, the signature dish of Penang, Malaysia. It’s a popular dish that can be found throughout Southeast Asia.


Recipe courtesy of Chef Teng, Park Royal Hotel
5 ounces of dried flat noodles (preferable rice noodles)

2 tbsp cooking oil

3 peeled garlic cloves finely chopped

1/2 lb prawns, shelled and cleaned (or medium size deveined shrimp)

1/2 lb squid, cleaned with ink sac removed, cut into strips

1 tsp chili paste (to taste)

2 tbsp Koay Teow Sauce (see recipe below)

1/2 oz bean sprouts

2 eggs

2 tbsp chives, diced


Prepare rice noodles by covering with boiling water and let them soak until al dente (about two minutes), drain, rinse with cool water and set aside. Heat cooking oil in the wok, sauté garlic until lightly browned. Add prawns and squid. Sauté for a three or four minutes, add chili paste, bean sprouts, and flat noodles. Stir in Koay Teow Sauce (see below) and fry for two to three minutes. Add eggs. Stir into mix. Sprinkle with chives. Serve.


Koay Teow Sauce

Parkroyal chefs wok up a storm

Parkroyal chefs teach guests to make Penang Char Koay Teow and more at their cooking classes.

This sauce can be made ahead and saved for several days in the refrigerator.

2 tbsp light soy sauce

4 tbsp dark soy sauce

4 tbsp sugar

4 tbsp fish sauce

3 tbsp oyster sauce


Whisk all ingredients together and set aside. This sauce can be made ahead and saved for several days. Ingredients can be adjusted to taste. Refrigerate.


See this alternate Char Kway Teow recipe, this one from Malaysia.

If you like Sandra’s Asia recipes, check out these others:

“Kiping Recipe”

“Lucban Longganisa (traditional Philippine Sausage) Recipe”

“Indian Potato Curry Recipe”

“Sweet Skrimp Kelaguen from Saipan”

“Yee Sang Recipe”





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Bobbie Hasselbring

RFT founder and the website's former editor-in-chief, Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. She's been an award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook.