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Char Kway Teow

Fried Kway Teow is the most ubiquitous hawker food you will come across in Penang. It is said that you have not truly tasted a part of Penang until you have tried Fried Kway Teow. And indeed foodies in the know will tell you that there are many versions of Fried Kway Teow in Malaysia and Singapore, but many will attest that the Penang version is the gold standard. Every hawker centre or food court in Penang worth its salt will have Fried Kway Teow served on the premises. Fried Kway Teow is essentially a Chinese creation and “kway teow” is a Hokkien reference to the broad flat rice noodles used in preparing this dish.

The cooking methods of Fried Kway Teow is seemingly straight forward as minced garlic is stir fried with sliced Chinese sausages, bean sprouts, fresh prawns, cockles, chives, eggs and a dash of soy sauce and chilli paste. However, the tasty Penang version is difficult to replicate as it is the skillful cooks that use high heat and dexterous maneuverings of the heavy, well used, cast iron wok to quickly stir fry the wonderfully fresh ingredients so that the noodle does not come out too dry nor too wet and with a suitably charred flavour.

Authentic Fried Kway Teow will have tiny cubes of crunchy deep fried lard to infuse aroma, taste and texture to the dish. There are also variants of Fried Kway Teow with duck egg, Mantis prawns and even some served with a sprinkling of cooked crab meat. You can request for a mild or a spicy version of this dish, and the hawker will adjust the amount of chilli paste accordingly. Due to its popularity and the multi-cultural population of the island, there will be some hawkers that serve Fried Kway Teow without lard and Chinese sausages to cater to Muslims. Expect to pay RM3.50 to RM4.50 for a standard plate of Fried Kway Teow. Any special requests, such as added prawns, Mantis prawns or duck egg, will come at a small premium.

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