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Battle of Taste: Char Kuey Teow vs ‘Wet’ Kuey Teow

The internet was fired up with this “Char Kuey Teow” debate a while ago. Some said it is supposed to be cooked dry since “char” derives from a Chinese word means fried. But, for some Char Kuey Teow stans, the dish has been known for its saucy stir-fried touch.

The Malaysian stir-fried rice noodles, be it Kuey Teow or Kway Tiao… however you spelled it, is undoubtedly an iconic meal for Malaysians of all races.

The aroma of Char Kuey Teow can make us all drool… Char Kuey Teow has a charred smoky aroma as it’s stir-fried over high heat in a well-seasoned Chinese wok. The popular flat rice noodle is usually served with shrimps and shucked cockles.

Fried Kueh Teow
Rock Kafe, Jalan PJS 11/20, Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Business hours: 7am to 10pm, 7am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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If you’re looking for an authentic CHAR Kuey Teow, this restaurant is worth the try! At Fried Kueh Teow, the smoky kiss of the wok on its fried kuey teow will surely leave you wanting for more. Priced at RM6, the dish is served with shucked cockles, shrimps, bean sprouts and chives.

Stir-fried with eggs, the flat rice noodle is undoubtedly flavourful. We like it spicy so we enjoyed it with pickled green chilli. If you’re a big eater, order yourself a big plate priced at RM6.50!

Speed Char Kuey Teow
64, Jalan PJS 2C/2, PJ Seksyen 2C-2D, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Business hours: 6pm to 1am, 6pm to 12am for Saturday.

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Hands down, Speed Char Kuey Teow delivers the best out of the Malay-styled Kuey Teow but we’re calling it the “Wet” Kuey Teow for this write-up. The flat rice noodle is stir-fried over high-temperature with soy sauce, chilli, shrimps, shucked cockles, bean sprouts, and eggs.

A regular Char Kuey Teow with shrimp is priced at RM5. BUT at Speed, you can also get the best combo as low as RM5 for both shrimps and shucked cockles. Priced at RM13, we ordered Char Kuey Teow with lamb, shrimps and shucked cockles and… with a lil’ add on, a sunny side up egg.

It’s Char Kuey Teow was exceptional. Drenched in soy sauce, it was served with a generous amount of minced lamb, shrimps, and shucked cockles. The glistened golden colour flat rice noodle dish is also packed with flavours, giving us no reasons to travel to Penang for it any longer! If you fancy pickled chilli alongside, be sure to pair it with every bite!

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