Hi. I’m Bailey, and I’m traveling the world with my parents. I love food… Especially noodles. I love lots of other noodles, so I thought I’d start a series! I’m going to call it, NOODLES AROUND THE WORLD.
I’ve just finished my travels in Malaysia, and they have a noodle dish I really love. It’s called Char Kuay Teow. This will be my first noodle in the series.
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Dish: Char Kuay Teow
Char Kuay Teow is a fried noodle dish, that is quickly fried in a hot wok, with ingredients that include spring onions, bean sprouts, pork, shrimp, red chili paste, and soy sauce for the most part. It’s usually made with a thick noodle, but there are versions that use thinner noodles.
I had this dish for most of my meals in Malaysia. I really love it. It’s really flavorful and I think the best in the family of fried noodles. I’m going to guide you to the places to get Char Kuay Teow in the towns I’ve been.
Place: Jalan Alor^
Jalan Alor is a massive street food market in Kuala Lumpur (Jalan means street in Malay). It is arguably the most touristy sight for food, but the food is still quite local. I love the Char Kuay Teow in small stalls all through Jalan Alor. You can ask any local where it is. They will all know.
Town: Kuala Lumpur ^
Place: Night Market in Jalan Imbi
I don’t know the exact name of this market, but it is just about 5 stalls in a parking lot on Jalan Imbi. Just about as local as it gets! One lady sells Char Kuay Teow, and Char Kuay Teow only. It is probably my favorite Char Kuay Teow in the world! It was just at the corner of our hotel, the Dorsett Kuala Lumpur . 🙂 *Tip: Kids, get your Char Kuay Teow with thick noodles and no bean sprouts anywhere you go. The beansprouts honestly don’t add to the dish, and I prefer to have more noodles rather than bean sprouts. Also, don’t get it spicy if you don’t think you’ll be able to handle it. It’s really spicy.
Place: Gurney Drive Night Market^
There is a daily night market that’s open until 10 pm, right in front of the Gurney Mall. There is one stall that makes just Char Kuay Teow. It has 3 chefs and one order-taker. There is always a long, long line, but they are very productive. This Char Kuay Teow is especially spicy, so it’s hard to eat a whole plate! Just share with your family. 😉
Place: Jessie’s stall
The night my parents and I arrived in Penang, we were tired and hungry. It was super dark, and all the street food stalls were closing. We happened upon one stall that wasn’t quite closed yet, and my dad asked if they were willing to stay open and make us some food. They opened up again just to cook us some food! That was down right great service. The stall is owned by a couple. The lady is named Jessie, and she speaks really good English. We became good customers of hers because we were so thankful for what she did for us, and also because the packaging along with some really good Chow Kuey Teow is super cool! You’ll see when you go. The stall is near the Island Plaza Condo. Go to the 118 entrance, and take a right across the street. Loads of food there, but they are the best. (The fried rice is great, too.)
We don’t have a picture of Nyonya in New York. We do have a video of my favorite Char Kuay Teow in Malaysia here instead. This is the one in Jalan Imbi, near our hotel, the Dorsett Kuala Lumpur.
Town: New York
There aren’t many Malaysian restaurants in the city, and there are certainly no Malaysian street food stalls that I know of. Nyonya on Grand Street in my old neighborhood of Little Italy is my favorite. It was literally downstairs from where I lived, so we went all the time! Their Char Kuey Teow is prepared differently from the way it is served in Malaysia. Doesn’t even taste like the same dish for that matter, but it’s still a great dish worth having. No need to get that non-spicy, by the way, it’s not nearly as spicy as the authentic dish, which is pretty hot!
Thank you for reading my blog, and I hope you get a chance to eat this dish in these places! Make sure to avoid chilis that are in there! Hopefully, this blog helped you!
Did you like this dish? Please comment below to let us know if you have tried this before.