Char Kway Teow


Char Kway Teow by Vivienne (@bentovivlove)


Char kway teow is a stir fried Chinese-inspired rice noodle dish from Maritime Southeast Asia. In Hokkien and Teochew, Char means “stir-fried” and kway teow refers to flat rice noodles. 




  • 5 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 dashes ground pepper powder


  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 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 (optional)
  • 2 Chinese sausages, sliced diagonally
  • 1 bunch fresh bean sprouts, rinsed with cold water and drained
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 bunch Chinese chives, removed about 1-inch of the bottom section and cut into 2-inch lengths



  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Add half the bean sprouts into the wok.
  4. Immediately follow by 8 oz. or half portion of the flat noodles.
  5. 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.
  6. Add about 1/2 tablespoon of chili paste (if you like it spicy, add more) and some cockle clams into the wok.
  7. 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.