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Malaysian Fried Hokkien Noodles Recipe

Updated on October 30, 2015
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DAY 20, HUB #20

How do you like this hawker style dish?

4.7 stars from 6 ratings of Fried Hokkien Mee (Yellow Noodles)
a closer look ...tempting, isn't it?
a closer look ...tempting, isn't it? | Source

Best Delicacies in Malaysia

In Malaysia, you can find the cheapest and best delicacies in hawker stalls and food court.

Some patrons may not be able to accept the filthy environment especially roadside hawker stalls and open air food court but you can have full assurance that these low profile chefs provide the best hawker cuisine with superb culinary skills.

The commonly loved popular hawker style fried dishes are Fried Kuey Teow (Flat Rice Noodles), Fried Hokkien Mee (Yellow Noodles), Nasi Lemak, Fried Beehun (Rice Vermicelli) and Wanton Mee.

My favorite dish is the Fried Hokkien Mee (Yellow Noodles). I love the taste of chives mixed with prawn and yellow noodles. Unfortunately, not all Chinese restaurants could whip up this dish as tasty as the hawker stalls.

In this article, you will find Fried Hokkien Mee (Yellow Noodles ) recipe which I highly recommended for quick and easy meal that you can have for lunch or dinner.

Why Hokkien Mee?

Fried Hokkien Mee are popularly consume in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore because this dish uses less ingredients which are easy to purchase in wet market, low cost and quick to cook in just 10-15min.


Choose your Seafood.

Fried Hokkien Mee is usually stir fried with 2 large prawns or some cockles or a few slices of fish cakes, while the rest of the ingredients remain unchanged, such as the eggs, bean sprouts with tails, chopped chives and the 3 sauces mixture of light soy sauce, dark soy sauce and oyster sauce.

However, you may have to choose either one of the 3 seafood because the hawker does not include all of them unless you are willing to pay extra money to have them in your Fried Hokkien Mee dish.

You can also request for spicy or non-spicy noodles to accommodate your taste buds.


A brief history

It was rumored that Fried Hokkien Mee ( Yellow Noodles ) also known here locally as “Hokkien Mee” or “Hokkien Char Mee” was first created by the Fujian immigrants from China.

Back then, these immigrants are laborers worked in Malaysia, who earned little income by day.

By evening, they became so idle that they created Fried Hokkien Mee dish in order to earn extra side income.

During the olden days, oil was scarcely available which makes the laborers resort to use pork fat in order to produce oil by heating it up.

When the pork fat started to ooze out the oil, it produces a fragrant aroma that goes well with seafood and flat rice noodles.

Nowadays, you could hardly find any of these hawkers use pork fat because consumers are more aware of the high cholesterol and fats which may induce heart diseases, high blood pressure which are chart toppers illness in the world.


Slurrrp!  Hawker Style Fried Hokkien Mee !
Slurrrp! Hawker Style Fried Hokkien Mee ! | Source

Use Sunflower Oil For Cooking

How to Fry Hawker Style Fried Hokkien Mee

In order to fry “Fried Hokkien Mee; the hawker style, remember to parboil the yellow noodles.

Drain them in a strainer and let the tap water run on them while you shake the strainer to loosen up the flat rice noodles, so that they don’t stick to each other.

For healthier choice, you can replace the seafood with slices of pork, chicken strips, ham or simply omit them.

My kids hated bean sprouts, so I replaced the vegetables with green mustard, kangkong, spinach or Chinese cabbage. Although bean sprouts are much cheaper, a bag of bean sprouts cost $1.50, makes 10 plates of Hokkien Mee! No wonder these hawkers chose bean sprouts to save cost.

Break an egg or 2 to blend it together with the yellow noodles whiles chives or spring onion are optional, depending on your liking.

Tip to take Note:

Do not change the sauces mixture because that is the secret recipe to the tasty Hokkien Mee.


Oily Noodles

oil surface when you boil the noodles
oil surface when you boil the noodles | Source
Transfer to a strainer and run through cool tap water
Transfer to a strainer and run through cool tap water

The disadvantages and how to rectify them

The disadvantages of this dish are it if high in cholesterol and saturated fat due to the oily yellow noodles and usage of pork fat to bring up delicious aroma.

Hence, it is wise to replace the pork fat with corn oil or sunflower oil which is much healthier and low in cholesterol.

Besides that, you can reduce the oil in yellow noodles by rinsing them under running tap water and parboil the noodles in a pot of boiling water to discard the oil and coloring. You will be shock to see the amount of oil floats on the surface of the hot water and the yellow coloring diluted in it too.

Tip to take Note:

Do not boil too long as the noodles may turn too soft and sticky that may result the noodles stick to the base of the wok when you fry them and breaks up into smaller pieces.


Here is the recipe which I saw how the hawker prepared when I requested a take away last week. An awesome experience to watch him “danced along” with the soup ladle, the wok and the big flames “danced” to the rhythm.

The Main Ingredients

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Prawns, carrot strips, onions, chopped garlic and chivesoyster sauce, black soy sauce, light soy sauce, pepper and saltspinacha bag of yellow noodles
Prawns, carrot strips, onions, chopped garlic and chives
Prawns, carrot strips, onions, chopped garlic and chives | Source
oyster sauce, black soy sauce, light soy sauce, pepper and salt
oyster sauce, black soy sauce, light soy sauce, pepper and salt
spinach
spinach
a bag of yellow noodles
a bag of yellow noodles

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 25 min
  • Yields: 3-4 person

Ingredients

  • A bag of yellow noodles ( 400g)
  • A few garlic, chopped
  • ½ Big onion, cut into lengths
  • 3-5 large prawns, remove heads, shells and tails. Cut into quarters.
  • 3 stalks chive, cut into quarters
  • 20 slices of carrots, cut into strips ( optional )
  • 1 egg
  • A handful of bean sprouts, / or any green vegetables ( I used spinach )
  • 1 tbs oyster sauce, mix in a small bowl
  • 1 tbs light soy sauce, mix in a small bowl
  • 2 tbs dark soy sauce, mix in a small bowl
  • 1 tsp salt
  • a few dash of pepper
stir fry the garlic, onion, carrots and chives
stir fry the garlic, onion, carrots and chives | Source
Add in the spinach leaves
Add in the spinach leaves
Throw in the prawns
Throw in the prawns
Add in the parboil yellow noodles
Add in the parboil yellow noodles
Shove aside the noodles. Add in the egg
Shove aside the noodles. Add in the egg
Mix them all
Mix them all

How to boil Yellow Noodles

  • Bring half pot of water to boil.
  • You can also use the wok if you want to.
  • Rinse a packet of yellow noodles into a basin of tap water.
  • Once the boiling water starts to form bubbles, transfer all the yellow noodles into the pot.
  • Use a fork to separate the noodles.
  • Once the noodles turn semi-soft, turn off heat.
  • Quickly pour the all the contents from the pot into a strainer and on the tap.
  • Let the cool water runs through the noodles in order to loosen them .


Step-by-Step Instructions to fry Hawker Style Fried Hokkien Mee

  1. Heat up wok with 2 tabs of oil. Stir fry chopped garlic and onions until fragrant.
  2. Add in carrot strips and chives. Stir fry for 5 minutes until the carrots turn soft.
  3. Add in spinach and continue to stir fry for a couple of minutes.
  4. Add in prawns. Stir fry until the prawns meat turn red pinkish.
  5. Pour in the par-boiled yellow noodles and quickly stir fry so that the noodles do not stick to the sides of the wok.
  6. Shove the noodles aside. Pour in 1 tbs of oil and add in the egg. Quickly mix the egg and noodles together. Keep stirring until all the ingredients are well blend with the noodles.
  7. Add in the 3 mixed sauces, pour in a circle form. Add in 1 tsp of salt a give a generous shake of pepper. Keep stirring until the sauces are well blend with the noodles. Otherwise, some parts of the noodles are still yellow
  8. Turn off heat and transfer to a flat plate. Garnish with fried shallots, chopped spring onions and diced red chilly or your favorite chilli sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 serving 150g
Calories 280
Calories from Fat72
% Daily Value *
Fat 8 g12%
Saturated fat 5 g25%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 3 g1%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 4 g8%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Singapore Fried Hokkien Mee

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    • lilian_sg profile image

      lilian_sg 4 years ago from Singapore

      If you order hokkien mee in Singapore, Penang or KL, you will end up with three different types of noodles!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Yeah agree. Singapore fried noodles doesn't have black sauce while KL has . Penang also no black sauce. All taste yummy, right?

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks for reading.

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      rjsadowski 4 years ago

      Awesome Hub. Your recipe sounds very tasty and the pictures and video are very helpful.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @rjsadowski

      Glad you find the photos delicious. I can guarantee you, this dish is awesome!

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      Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

      YUM! We have this dish in Thailand, too. I haven't had Hokkien Mee for a while. Maybe I'll make it this weekend. Thanks for this lovely hub.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Really? Thailand too? Is there a chinatown in thailand where chinese people flock there? Thanks for reading.

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      I love noodle and this one really, really mouthwatering....I'm so hungry now...

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @agusfanani

      LOL ! Yeah, I'm hungry too. Going to the kitchen now? Wanna join me for a meal?

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      I like the history behind this meal. It does seem to require some previous stir frying experience. I will bookmark this page and attempt this meal whenever I shop at an ethnic store again.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @rasta

      Thanks for reading. I am sure you will like this fried noodle. Best of luck!!

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      Elizabeth Hanks 4 years ago from Queen Creek

      Wow, this meal looks delicious and your recipe is so detailed! I love that you include the history of the meal and the people who created it. Your style of writing, what you include in your articles and all the rich details are really inspiring!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @ellesvoice

      Gee...Thanks for the high comments...You are giving me such great support that I think I could dig out some more local cuisine to share. Greatly appreciated.

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      Elizabeth Hanks 4 years ago from Queen Creek

      I mean it, this looks so incredibly edible! It's not helping that dinner's in the oven and not in my tummy yet, but this is definitely something I'm going to make for the family one night! We love noodles and I'm totally going to use shrimp!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Thanks again. I am sure you are going to fall for this noodle recipe soon when you get them into your tummy.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      peachpurple,

      What an awesome hub! It made me feel so good and hungry to see the Hokkien Char Mee which I often ate while living in Taiwan in the 1970s. It is absolutely delicious and although you can get it in Thailand, it's not as good as the Char Mee I had in Taiwan. I really liked your photos. Voted up and sharing with followers.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Thanks for yr kind comments. Your words made my tummy growling gain! LOL !! Thanks.

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      Rumana 4 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

      Hi peach purple,

      I just love noodles. I have even tried to make it at home, but I am not satisfied with it. Your dish looks very Yummy!!

      Voted up Interesting and Shared!

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      I love eating noodles and this looks simply mouth watering. Thanks for sharing this amazing hub with awesome pics.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @vacation

      thanks

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @ruman

      Thanks for yr comments and sharing. Greatly appreciated. Try again, I am you can reach the right taste. Is it bland? If yes, add in a little more black sauce and the salt. Need to stir well to make sure the salt is well coated with the noodles. Best of luck!!

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      Gable Rhoads 4 years ago from North Dakota

      This looks delicious, peachpurple. Going to pin it to my recipes I plan on cooking - someday. :)

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @gcrhoads

      Thanks for reading. Sincerely hope that you'll enjoy munching.

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      MonaC561 3 years ago

      This brings back memories of living in Asia. Thanks for the recipe!! Can't wait to try it.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks

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      Kenneth C Agudo 3 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

      Yummy!I love eating pasit or "noodles" My mom used to cook it in our breakfast.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love noodles the best

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      jtrader 3 years ago

      Looks yummy. I would like to try this dish with fish cakes.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @jtrader

      thanks for reading

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      I so need to stop engaging in recipes before my lunch hour at work it makes me hungry. Looks tasty you making me feel for noodles now. LOL

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      LOL! all the recipes at hubpages are delicious and tempting too

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      Dale Anderson 2 years ago from The High Seas

      Voted up and Useful. Going to try making this dish. My wife and I like noodles quite a bit so this sounds like something for us. Thanks for sharing.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      &GetitScene

      thanks for your votes, I am sure you and your mrs will love this noodles

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      This is a recipe I want to try very soon - it looks and sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing your recipe for Fried Hokkien Mee. I know my family will love it.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      dear Phyllis Doyle

      thanks for your kind comments. I am sure you will enjoy this noodle recipe. You could add in spicy paste for additional taste

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      Robert Wolfe 2 years ago from Ft. Worth, TX

      Sounds good, I will give it a shot soon!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      rjsezack

      do try to let me know, the sauce is important

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      Tanya Jones 2 years ago from Texas USA

      This looks delish as well. I'm enjoying your recipes.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      dear arachnea

      thanks

      i hope that you will try out someday

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      amazmerizing 2 years ago from PACIFIC NORTHWEST, USA

      MMm new recipes make me hungry!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Lol, you are cute, you can try this noodles on weekends

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I have not ever had those type of noodles but I can tell from the different ingredients and flavorings that it would be delicious. Thanks for your recipe. Happy to share!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Dear peggy

      Yellow noodles are wet noodles bought from wet market

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      I have not tried this Hawker style fried noodles. It sounds like the Pancit dish that we have in the Philippines, the sauce is just different. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Voted up and shared in fb.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Thelma Alberts

      thanks thelme, is pancit dish also stir fried? You can write your country favorite recipes. I love to read yours

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Peach, you sure do create some mighty fine recipe hubs. This looks like a wonderful meal to me. I'd love to be your dinner guest.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      colorfulone

      thanks, i write what comes into my mind, food, Asian food, welcome to my house for dinner.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I would love to try these Malaysian dishes!~

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I would love to try these Malaysian dishes!~

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      Insightful Tiger 2 years ago

      That looks Delicious! I can't wait to try it out. Thanks for adding the bit about making it healthier! I have to get that Oyster sauce.

      While living in China, my favorite dishes came from the outdoor food places. The dishes were oily, but flavorful and plus I was younger and didn't have to worry about my weight as much! LOL

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      Insightful Tiger 2 years ago

      That looks Delicious! I can't wait to try it out. Thanks for adding the bit about making it healthier! I have to get that Oyster sauce.

      While living in China, my favorite dishes came from the outdoor food places. The dishes were oily, but flavorful and plus I was younger and didn't have to worry about my weight as much! LOL

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      rebeccamealey

      oh yes, do try and let me know

      Insightful Tiger

      that is a big problem with chinese cooking, very oily, you need to discard the oil first. Thanks

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      These look delicious, I wish you could come cook for me !!!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      ezzly

      maybe i should post you the hokkien me instead! LOL!

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Your instructions are great and your photos are gorgeous. I like the idea of this dish and now I'm searching for a seafood that would be a good substitute (because I am allergic to shellfish).

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      awesome

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks akriti, have you tried it out yet?

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I have wanted to add to my asian recipes for a little while now, then you come along...thank you. I have been making nasi goreng for several years now, one of my favorites. I will look at more items that you are offering, and build my recipes from there.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks aviannvice, you can try my nasi goreng versions . Hope to read yours too

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