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Malaysian Char Kway Teow on the Beach

Penang hawkers are famous for their version of Char Kway Teow, rice noodles stir-fried with dark soy sauce, seafood, fish cake, eggs, bean sprouts, chives, and sometimes chili or shrimp paste.

Char Kway Teow, Malaysian fried noodles

Char Kway Teow, Malaysian Fried Noodles, on a beach in Penang (click to enlarge)

This dish reminded me of Pad See Ew, but with a richer flavor (probably from the shrimp paste) and a little more spice. Char kway teow has a reputation for being unhealthy since it’s traditionally fried in pork fat, but now vegetable oil is also common.

In the background is Penang’s Batu Ferringhi beach, and a can of 100plus. 100plus is a lightly sweet, carbonated soda designed to replenish electrolytes and prevent dehydration. In Malaysia it’s used as a remedy for fever, headaches, and even dengue fever!

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