Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Yummy Kway Teow!

When I lived abroad there were certain Malaysian dishes I craved from time to time...some of these were Roti Canai, Hameediyah's Fried Chicken, Thosai, Chinese Pancakes, Rojak...I suppose the list could go on for a bit...but today I want to focus on Char Kway Teow...translated this literally means fried flat noodles...and this it just what the dish is...with a few additions of course! This dish is traditionally made with wide flat noodles fried together in pork fat with dark soy sauce, chilli, prawns, cockles, scrambled egg, bean sprouts and chives in a wok over extremely high heat. However, thesedays there are many variations where you can get mixed veggies, chicken, chinese sausage, or fishcake added to it.

It sounds simple enough...and yet I cannot tell you how hard it is to find a really good kway teow. To me the perfect kway teow is a mixture of smoky, sweet and spicy flavors...with the egg and bean sprouts giving it a more neutral base. It shouldn't be too oily and the noodles should not be lumped together...when this happens the result is often bland tasting noodles that have not been tossed properly in all the flavors...sadly I have yet to find a good kway teow stall in KL...in Penang however, a tiny place on Swatow(mind the spelling) Lane is my stall of choice. When I last went back to Penang though they had moved all the stalls into a shiny new hawker center...the only problem with this is I can't find my regular kway teow stall!

1 comment:

Sharon said...

Penang is definitely the place for great Char Kway Teow. Next time your're there, try Kek Seng coffee shop (near Komtar). The Char Kway Teow there is one of my favourites and their Lobak is fantastic too. (You know the secret to great Char Kway Teow is to cook it on a charcoal fire, right?)

When I get my cravings for Char Kway Teow and can't make it to Penang, I go to:

1) La Manila Cafe, Mid Valley Megamall (near GSC cinemas)
2) Little Penang Village, Mid Valley Megamall or KLCC
3) Corner coffee shop in SS23, Taman SEA

All the above serve pretty decent Char Kway Teow.

Oh dear, all this talk about Char Kway Teow is making my mouth water (wiping drool off my chin..) :)