Saturday, April 30, 2011

Fried Rice Noodles (Kway Teow) in "Tomato" Sauce

I've been craving for this noodle dish that I loved as a child growing up in Malaysia. I also wanted to whip up something fast and easy when my mom, sister and nephews came over for dinner last Easter weekend. I've had a variant of this noodle dish in Thai restaurants but in this version from my homeland, a few dollops of ketchup are added to the gravy to give it a slightly sweet, tomatoey flavor. Hence the term "tomato sauce" - ketchup is known as "tomato sauce" in Malaysia. This is a quick and delicious meal, not to mention healthy - you get a good dose of carbs, protein and veggies all in one dish.

For the noodles:

Fresh flat rice noodles from your local asian supermarket
2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1 tablespoon cooking oil

Put the oil in a non-stick pan or wok and stir-fry the noodles over medium-high heat. Stir in the dark and light soy sauce and continue stir-frying for about five minutes until the noodles are slightly charred. Then set them aside and make the gravy.


1-2 skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
6-8 shrimps, shelled and deveined
5-6 stalks of Chinese greens (yu-choy in Mandarin, choy-sam in Cantonese, chai-sim in Hokkien), washed and chopped in half
2 stalks of green onions, chopped
2 cloves of minced garlic
1 slice of ginger
1 tablespoon of corn starch and 1 tablespoon of fish sauce for marinading the chicken
1 tablespoon Shiao Xing rice wine (optional)
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
3 tablespoons ketchup
3-4 cups of water or chicken stock
Mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water for thickening the gravy
2 tablespoons cooking oil
Salt and pepper to taste

First coat the chicken with corn starch and fish sauce and let it marinade for a few minutes. The cornstarch will give the chicken a smooth texture and keep them tender.

Heat the oil in a wok or pot on high and then throw in the chicken. Stir-fry until the chicken starts to turn white and then stir in the garlic, ginger and about half of the chopped green onions. (save the other half for garnish later).

Once the garlic and ginger become fragrant, pour in the water/stock. Add the rice wine, oyster sauce, soy sauce and ketchup and bring it to boil. When the sauce is boiling, toss in the shrimp and let it cook for a few minutes (don't overcook the shrimp!).

Season the gravy to taste with some salt and pepper. Then thicken it with the corn starch and water mixture. To finish off the gravy, quickly stir in the greens and take it off the heat. You want the greens to be cooked but still remain crisp.

To serve:
    Spoon the gravy over the noodles and top with some chopped green onions and freshly cut chilies if you like and that's it..easy.


  1. Delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  2. @Eftychia
    Thank you and thanks for stopping by

  3. Hi Kenny...What a great blog! I really love your beef filled green onion pancakes! Looking forward to more of your creations as I am now an official follower.


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  4. @Holly HenryAww thanks Holly..You made my day. I will definitely check out your blog as well.

  5. Pictures are so mouth watering!
    I am going to an Asian supermarket and buy all the ingredients to cook it this weekend.
    Thanks Kenny for the post.

  6. Kenny,

    You should be awarded Datukship for promoting Malaysian cuisine, especially Sarawakian food:)


  7. @FaireneHeh well I just cook what I love to eat...and I loooove malaysian food