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Hokkien Fried Noodles

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Hokkien fried noodles (Hokkien Char Mee) originated from a hawker (street) food stall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The food stall was owned by a chef named Wong Kian Lee dated all the way back to 1920s. Up until today, the stall is still run by his decedents albeit in a different location and they are still dishing up the same popular and tasty Hokkien noodles. This dish is different from the Singapore version of Hokkien Mee (Hokkien Hae Mee) which originated from Fujian (Hokkien) province of China and does not use any dark soy sauce. Typically, Hokkien noodles is cooked with thick yellow noodles made with eggs and stir-fried in a thick dark soy sauce with ingredients like pork, prawns, calamari, fish cakes, choy sum or cabbage, cooked in a wok on intense charcoal fire. Some pork fat that are fried till crispy golden brown are added during stir-frying and as a garnish when serving. Modern variations include other types of noodles like rice noodles, flat rice noodles and tear drop noodles are also commonly used, depending on individual preferences. In addition, this all-time favourite Hokkien noodles is served at Malaysian chain restaurants and cafes worldwide. For my gluten free version of Hokkien fried noodles, I am using Chang’s Thai style noodles (pad Thai), stir-fried with chicken pieces, king prawns, choy sum and capsicums in a gluten free dark soy sauce. You can use any gluten free noodles according to your liking. This recipe is also dairy free, nut free and egg free.

For the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations, noodles is considered one of the lucky foods to eat during this festive season. The noodles can be cooked in many different ways either fried, boiled or in soups as long as you keep the noodles long and uncut. Long noodles or also called longevity noodles symbolise longevity in age for the person eating the noodles. Check out my other noodles recipes here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 Responses

  1. Anna Johnston
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    Absolutely love noodle dishes and haven’t tried this one, so will add it to my noodle night ‘to cook’ recipes for sure. Thanks for sharing.

    • daphnegoh
      | Reply

      I love noodles dishes too. They are so tasty and easy to prepare. Enjoy the recipe. :)

  2. Charlie Elliott
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    I’ve eaten this in KL before but never made it. It looks amazing!
    Charlie, Distracted

  3. Riz
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    This looks so delicious!!

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