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A Healthy Char Kuey Teow Recipe? Yes, We’re Serious!

Who doesn’t love a steaming plate of char kuey teow? It’s delicious and flavourful; just thinking about it is enough to make the mouth water. Unfortunately, like everything else that we love to indulge in, it may not be the healthiest dish.

But this is where we swoop in to save the day (and your health). We’ve created a healthy version of this popular local dish so you won’t have to feel guilty when you get that char kuey teow craving. Just whip up this simple and healthy dish, and enjoy!

Serves 4


Char Kuey Teow:

    • 3 tbsp coconut oil
    • 4-5 shallots, sliced
    • ½ tsp brown sugar
    • 1 tbsp garlic, finely chopped
    • 1 chilli, deseeded and sliced
    • 12 fresh prawns
    • 2 tbsp spring onion, sliced
    • 2 eggs
    • 150g barley green flat noodles
    • 3 tbsp *dark soya sauce (recipe given below – to be prepared beforehand)
    • 2 tbsp tamari
    • 1 cup fresh beansprouts
    • Black pepper to taste


Dark Soya Sauce:

  • 1.5 cubes / tbsp sea salted vegetable bouillon powder
  • 2 ½ tbsp molasses
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ inch fresh minced ginger
  • 2 cups water
  • Black pepper

Method (for Dark Soya Sauce):

  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Once it reaches a boil, lower the heat. Simmer until liquid is reduced to half. It will thicken and will look very much like dark soya sauce.
  3. Strain the liquid to remove any particles.
  4. Allow the sauce to cool before pouring into a sterilised jar or bottle. Keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Char Kuey Teow:

  1. Cook noodles according to instructions. Drain the cooked noodles and rinse with cool water to prevent further cooking. Toss in 1 tbsp coconut oil to prevent the noodles from sticking together.
  2. In a pan, add the remaining oil (2 tbsp) and allow to heat on low heat before adding in the shallots and sugar. Continually mix and allow the shallots to slightly caramelize.
  3. Add the garlic and chilli. Saute for 1 minute.
  4. Add the prawns and spring onions. Once the prawns are cooked, add in the noodles. Give everything a good toss, and add in the dark soya sauce and tamari.
  5. Break the eggs in one at a time and stir to break them up.
  6. Turn the heat off. Mix in the beansprouts.
  7. Plate the noodles and garnish with spring onions. Serve with sliced lime, coriander, and chopped chilli in tamari.


 Nutritional Value

PurelyB Char Kuey Teow (1 serve)
Malaysia Char Kuey Teow (385g)

How about preparing this healthy char kuey teow for your family or friends?