Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Koay Teow Th'ng aka Flat Noodle Soup (粿條汤)


"Koay Teow" is a type of  flat rice noodle that is made of rice flour. The very thin layer of rice flour mixture is then steamed to thin sheet and laminated with vegetable oil before cutting into flat rice noodle. Flat noodle soup aka koay teow th'ng is one of famous Penang street food. If you dine out for koay teow th'ng, most probably your meal portion is over dosed with MSG. It can't be avoided. Hence, to be at the safe side, I prefer to cook it at home.  


The cooking step is pretty simple and straight forward. Dish blanched koay teow into a bowl. Pour chicken stock over the koay teow. Garnish it with hand-pulled chicken strips, fish balls, lettuce and fried garlic. It's best served with bird's eye chili dips. Viola! I love this type of homey meal.

I'm sharing the dish with PPN#189 (by Ruth from Once Upon A Feast) which is hosted by Helen from Fuss Free Flavours.

27 comments:

Bits of Taste said...

Lovely! I love flat noodle soup to bits!

pigpigscorner said...

Most koay teow th'ng I've had are really tasty, wonder how much msg they put inside!

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

I used to make my stock with anchovies and chicken. Very very sweet and I love mine with lots of bird's eye chilli. Adds to the kick!!!

Anncoo said...

This is my favorite, simple and healthy.

Pam said...

Mmmmm... it looks delicious. I love noodle soup.

Stella said...

This soup looks amazing. I still have not ever made a soup with a pretty clear broth like that. I need to get on that;-)!

Little Inbox said...

Bits of Taste, me too, but I must have the bird's eye chili, hehe...

pigpigscorner, that's what I wonder too. The worst thing is unknown type of MSG is used, not Ajinomoto.

wendy, same like me, bird's eye chili is a must to me.

Little Inbox said...

Anncoo, and it's easy to prepare too, right?

Pam, me too. It's my comfort food.

Stella, in order to have clear broth, you must get the chicken carcass blanched first. Then only add it to the boiling water for slow simmering.

Acquired said...

This sounds right up my street and so simple too, thanks.

TasteHongKong said...

Home-cooked flat noodle soup is great, but honestly I still missed those I tried in Penang, despite of the possible MSG : ).

Ruth Daniels said...

Lovely photos, so well done I can smell the broth! Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

Jen (Tastes of Home) said...

I love kueh teow tng hehe I remember eating kueh teow tng everytime I was in Penang for work at my first job! hehe thanks for bringing back some good memories for me :) Love your photos!

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

Ah! Now that I know ... I think it's the Hokkien and Teochew(?) who spell 湯 as "th'ng" ... !!?? Because there was once, a Singaporean friend spelled "ch'ng th'ng/t'ng" (I don't remember which one) ... I went puzzled on the spot. (I can't understand Hokkien at all, only know a few Teochew lines ... LOL!) That dish of noodles ... I myself have been calling it simply 煮水河粉 or sometimes 煮水粿條, depending who I'm talking to. That name has been stuck with me since I was in standard 1 as I used to have MSG-laden 煮水河粉 almost every day at the school canteen!!! ARGH!

A simple meal like this can satisfy me already. Your hubby is really lucky lar ... =)

tigerfish said...

I want fish ball Kuey Teow Tn'ng right now to warm me up! Were those fishballs homemade? They look good!

Little Inbox said...

Acquired, yes, it is very simple to cook.

TasteHongKong, if you use more chicken carcass to boil the soup, then it will be as sweet as those selling at stalls too.

Hi Ruth, no problem. :P

Little Inbox said...

Jen,I see. I like the way you cook up the noodle soup with roasted duck. Lovely!

Pei-Lin, I'm a Hokkien, and koay teow th'ng is what we Hokkien call it. :)
Oh, now I miss the Ipoh hor fun with chicken. That's delicious!.
Hehe...I must lead him to your comment, just to remind him how lucky he is. :D

tigerfish, no, those fish balls are ready made that I bought from wet market. Will learn to make fish balls, once I'm ready, hehe...

Rasa Malaysia said...

You have no idea how I have missed our Penang Koay Teow Th'ng and fish balls. Nowhere in the world are fish balls so fresh, bouncy, and delicious!!!

Indie.Tea said...

Wow, it looks so tasty. I really love simple noodle soups, and this sounds sounds perfect.

Joanne said...

Mmm I love rice noodles and this soup sounds so incredibly comforting.

Little Corner of Mine said...

I love this! Great with chili padi in soy sauce.

mycookinghut said...

This is something that I haven't eaten for a long time!! Very nicely done!

Mei Teng said...

One of my favourite noodle dish. Comfort food! :)

daphne said...

It's funny how koay teow soup doesnt used to appeal to me when I was growing up- I used to prefer heavy tasting stuff. Now, I LOVE IT. It's my kind of food. Simple yet so delicious- and so much healthier than eating outside!

Libby said...

How beautiful! You've got me wondering how to make fish balls now...

Little Inbox said...

Bee, soon you'll get the chance to eat up to your heart's content. :P

Indie.Tea, thanks for dropping by.

Joanne, yes, it is very comforting. :)

Little Corner of Mine, no oomph without the bird's eye chili, right?

Little Inbox said...

mycookinghut, thanks. You must be missing it right now, hehe...

Mei Teng, oh yes, sure it is.

daphne, the children in my family do not like Koay Teow Th'ng too. They like Hokkien mee (s[icy prawn noodle) more than it. Haha...

Libby, stay tuned. I'll learn how to make fish balls soon. I'll share the recipe here. :)

Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours said...

Lovely lovely, healthy comfort food for winter!

Thanks for taking part in PPN.

The round up is now finally up! Sorry for the delay!

Helen

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