This one-pan Homestyle Char Koay Teow with fish cakes and bean sprouts is perfect for a crowd. A time saver and very tasty indeed!
Although Char Koay Teow is best prepared in individual portions, it is not always possible or convenient in a home kitchen. Most of the time, I would prepare this Homestyle Char Koay Teow for 4 servings all at one go. This way, everyone in the family gets to sit down and eat at the same time.
I like to prepare this for lunch on Sunday after church as it takes only 15 minutes to cook. I usually prepare the ingredients before I leave for church so that I have it all ready when I get home. In this version, I kept it simple by using fish cakes and bean sprouts. You can use shrimps, eggs, Chinese chives, and chai sim if preferred.
To make it look more appetizing, I sprinkle some thinly sliced green onions and chopped cilantro. These two ingredients are optional but it provides some color contrast which is always nice. I like it spicy and so I enjoyed my portion with a side of Sambal Belacan. If you do not have sambal belacan, you can also serve it with cut chili padi or red chilies in soy sauce.
Unless you have a huge and well seasoned wok, using a large non-stick pan works well for this recipe. With a non-stick pan, you do not have to worry about the large amount of koay teow sticking to the bottom of the wok.
- 2 lbs fresh koay teow (fresh flat-cut rice noodles) (900g)
- 4 tbsp vegetable oil
- 3 cloves garlic (minced)
- 8 oz fish cakes (sliced) (225g)
- 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp fish sauce
- ½ tsp ground pepper
- 6 oz bean sprouts (trimmed) (170g)
- 3 green onions (thinly sliced)
- A few sprigs cilantro (chopped) (optional)
- Remove koay teow from packaging and place in a microwave safe dish. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Remove from microwave and loosened up koay teow. Set aside.
- In a large non-stick pan, heat vegetable oil. Saute minced garlic for 30 seconds. Add fish cakes and continue to fry for 3 minutes.
- Add koay teow, dark soy sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, and pepper. Stir to get everything well mixed and coated with sauce. This should take about 3 minutes.
- Add bean sprouts and continue to stir for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Sprinkle sliced green onions and cilantro on the top.
- Remove and serve immediately.
I hope you will give this Homestyle Char Koay Teow a try. It is simple, tasty, and easy to prepare. Great for any meal of the day!