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Comfort food like no other 'kaoy teow kung fu'

Updated: Jul 2, 2023

Slippery-smooth egg-laced noodles in a bowl of steaming tasty goodness best describes his Cantonese dish. Cooksilky smooth noodles are easy to master and packed with flavours and textures. It is one of the most comforting dishes I’ve eaten on my travels.

A bowl of eggy soup, chicken, and spring onions
Comfort food like no other 'kaoy teow kung fu'

The story

The soup with many names, 'kaoy teow kung fu' and 'wat dan hor’ to name two. In a nutshell it's fried flat rice noodles in egg gravy. It is popular in the southeast of China, as well as in Singapore and Malaysia. A similar dish is fried 'bee hoon' but vermicelli is used instead. I first tried it in Penang, Malaysia. I conviced the family to return the next day for round two. I felt like I was eating two of my all time favorite dishes at the same time—Chinese chicken and corn soup, and Thai drunk noodles.


The Recipe – Kaoy teow kung fu

Ingredients for noodles:

500g flat rice noodles (kuey teow)

2 eggs, beaten

1 tbsp thick Soy Sauce

1 tbsp vegetable oil

Heat oil in the pan. Add eggs, noodles and soy sauce. Fry until crisp. Set aside.

Ingredients for gravy:

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1 onion, chopped

Golf ball size of fresh ginger, sliced

Handful of prawns

Chicken meat, stripes

2 bowl mix veges (bak choy/chinese cabbage/baby corn/carrot)

2 cups chicken stock

1 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tsp (or more) light soy sauce

Salt and pepper

2 tbsp oil

2 tbsp corn flour

1/2 cup water

2 egg whites, beaten lightly

Mix the corn flour and water in a bowl before adding to the broth.


Heat oil over medium heat. Add crushed garlic, sliced ginger, chopped onion and fry until golden. Add chicken and prawns. Add oyster sauce, light soy sauce, pepper and chicken stock. Let it simmer for few minutes. Add vegetables and corn flour mixture. Bring to boil and slowly pour in the beaten eggs using a whisk. Season.

To serve

Place the noodle in the serving plate and pour the gravy on top.

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