Char Kway Teow / Fried Flat Rice Noodle

November 15, 2013
 Fried Flat Rice Noodle

Its a stressful 2 weeks for everyone at homeand by Monday 18th, 12 noon "We" will be inhaling a good amount of O2 (Oxygen) to fill up our lungs and breathe out, let out a BIG CO2 (Carbon Dioxide)... phew ! What a relief.

"We" as in the parents to 2 kids having their exams.

D will be sitting his last 2 papers today, he has completed his First year in Uni and his summer holiday begins.
...and E will be sitting for her last paper on Monday. And thats it... no more waking up early, dragging her feet in sleep deprivation state of mind, school's out till Feb 2014 (except for 3 days, the following week that she is required to attend school to get her results and report card/ assessment)

Not too sure whether my parents were this tensed when I sat for my exams...perhaps I was to stress to notice.
Char Kway Teow

While kids were busy preparing for their exams, both mom and dad were busy scratching their heads, searching for "what to cook" that will please both, the stressed out kids.

As mentioned before in my earlier post... I have 2 kids with tastebuds pole apart (like North Pole and South Pole)
One loves spicy food; from Indian curries to eating everything with chillies (like sambal, Sriracha etc...) and dislike yellow noodles (he doesn't mind flat rice noodles); 
And the other loves anything and everything tomato based and not spicy food (she dislike curries, loves pasta and noodles...) 

Fresh ingredients for flat noodle stir fry

Having Char Kway Teow(CKT) (loosely translated- flat rice noodle fried on high heat) sounds promising, and to have it cook and serve 1, sounds even better. Then we can either omit, decrease or increase the chilli paste to suit. 
A happy ending...

 Single serve Flat rice noodle stir fry

I am sharing with you, my late mom-in-law's secret recipe to a good Char Kway Teow... 

Char Kway Teow 

(serve 1)
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150 g fresh flat rice noodle (kway teow)
80g beansprout
1 small garlic chopped
1 egg – lightly beaten
1 teaspoon chili paste
1 teaspoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
4-6 fresh prawns (wash, deveined and leave tail intact)
2 tablespoon oil
Handful chives
Golden fried shallots (store-bought)
salt to taste
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in wok and scramble the egg. 
  2. Remove and set aside on a plate.
  3. Heat remaining oil and sauté garlic and chilli paste for 30s. 
  4. Add prawns and give a quick stir fry for another 30s. 
  5. Add flat noodle and sauces. 
  6. Fry on high heat for another 30 seconds. 
  7. Add beansprout, give it  a quick stir and add chives and scrambles egg. 
  8. Remove from heat, transfer on to a plate. 
  9. Garnish with golden fried shallots 
  10. Serve immediately.


  1. My kind of dish! A tasty combination of ingredients.



  2. Hi Lisa
    Nowadays being a parent or as a child is so much different comparing to those olden days.....those days were more relaxed and stress free when in the exams period. And may I order one take away Char kway teow from " My Lemony Kitchen"? chilly please!

    1. hehehe... can order, I've emailed you oledi ;P

  3. i love love love char kway teow! you take such amazing pics, lisa.. i'm practically licking off my comp screen! ^^

  4. Awwww, deep breaths and don't forget to take a few bites of this delicious kway teow! Good luck to your kids :)

    1. Breathing in and taking a few slurp of CKT at the same time ;P

  5. CKT is always a winner! I think my parents were always concerned if I didn't study enough for exams. And they were more anxious than I was when waiting for results :)

    1. I was anxious for my result and now anxious for my kids' :(

  6. Look at the dish - it proves that you cook well even under stress : ). By the way, have a happy break after your kids' exam!

  7. I love your soy sauce plates!!! great blog! xxx

  8. Oh, Lisa..such a juicy, light, colorful and tasty dish! And so exotic! Beautiful!

  9. i often hear when the kids are having exams, it makes the parents feel like having exams too, parents get stressed during their kids exams and relieved when the exams are over..hehe..dont know why it has turned into such situation..parents and kids both having pressure at the same time when it comes to exams :)))

    your plate of ckt certainly will take away the stress out from the kids..nice!