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Chee Cheong Fun (Steamed Rice Noodle Roll)

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This is one quick dish that you can prepare for an easy lunch – the Chee Cheong Fun (豬腸粉). It is literally translated as pork intestine noodles in Chinese because the rice noodle rolls resemble to pork chitterlings. The rice noodles are traditionally made with rice flour mixture, spread a thin layer on a cheese cloth, steam to become a thin layer of noodle then roll it up, similar to pork chitterlings.  

Back home, there was always an old uncle riding a motorbike with big mobile food cart on the bike, calling out “Chee Cheong Fun” around my neighborhood. My family always couldn’t resist not to order from the uncle. The specialty for the Chee Cheong Fun in my hometown, Klang and Kuala Lumpur is the additional ingredients such as the stuffed tofu/vegetables (釀豆腐), meat balls, bean curds are added to compliment the dish. In different area like Penang, the rice noodle are served as simple as mixing it just with shrimp paste.

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Ipoh Shredded Chicken Hor Fun (鸡丝河粉)

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Ipoh is famous with its signature dishes of Bean Sprouts Chicken (芽菜雞) and Shredded Chicken Hor Fun (雞丝河粉). You can actually find many of these combination food stalls all over Ipoh. The locals recommended Lou Wong (老黃) or Onn Kee (安記) in the town if you have a chance to pay a visit in Ipoh.

This time I was only preparing the Shredded Chicken Hor Fun or Flat Rice Noodle, and in an easy way. Usually a whole chicken (preferably free range chicken / 土雞) is used by poaching in a hot water bath till cooked, and then cool down in an icy bath. This is the important part to maintain the smoothness and juiciness of the chicken texture. But for a smaller portion I am just using a chicken quarter and breast for cooking.

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Penang Char Kway Teow (炒粿條 Fried Flat Rice Noodle)

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Char Kway Teow (炒粿條, or aka Fried Flat Rice Noodle) is one of the must-order-food when you are visiting the state of Penang, Malaysia. It is sold in almost every part of the city from hotels, malls, restaurants to the hawker stalls. Ask the locals, they would definitely know where to find the best in town. You wouldn’t want to miss this delicious local favorite food.

The Char Kway Teow is stir fried with cockles, prawns, fresh bean sprouts, chives and egg. Add some red chilli paste for an extra kick to the noodle.  Most importantly, the Char Kway Teow is cooked in fiery wok heat with lard (if possible), that makes it so aromatic and fragrant.

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Zha Jiang Mian (炸醬面)

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Zha Jiang Mian (炸醬面) is a traditional dish from Northern China and it is named as the “brown meat sauce noodle” in most Chinese cuisines while Westerners called it “Chinese spaghetti”. Noodle (面) is the main diet for Northern Chinese due to the main crop at Northern China is wheat.  Thus the Chinese uses it to produce the wheat noodle as known as la mian (拉麺) or it is called Ramen in Japan.

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