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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Fun Chai 粉仔 @ Sliced Noodles with Long Beans - Breakie in Kampar - Perak MFF #3

This is the other noodle from Tall Man@ Gou Lou from Kampar's morning market. Yesterday I posted his Jicama CCF.

It's a very traditional noodle that is actually homemade by Tall Man. It resembles silver needle noodles, but in a coarser form. People not from Kampar might not enjoy the noodles as much as we do, as most of us grew up eating this. It's something that we can't get elsewhere. It taste something like a short udon.

There is another stall in Kampar that sells this, said to be his relative, but people still throng to his stall because it is the best.

With this being another experimental recipe, it's really quite taxing to reproduce as I did quite a few batches of dough until I find one that is almost like it. I won't say it is exactly because I really don't know what goes into his noodles, except with what I can see from all the times I ate, the shallot and garlic bits..but we can't see flour types. I don't have that type of eye. LOL.

This noodles seems to find its similarity in Pekingnese Long Beans Braised Noodles and knife sliced noodles. Maybe not with rice flour, but there is a resemblance there.

I hope those Kamparians who tried this recipe will find comfort, the comfort from missing the food that we all grew up with, when we had them every so often that these food have become a part of us, the Kamparian. And oh yeah,  the option of curry gravy is there.

Fun Chai
by WendyinKK
Serves :4

Noodle Dough
100gm rice flour
375gm water + 1/3 tsp salt
180gm rice flour (Erawan brand) + 20gm plain flour

1 heaped cup of sectioned long beans
2 cloves garlic, bruised(must) and finely chopped
1/3 tsp salt
½ cup water
1 Tbsp oil

4 shallots, thinly sliced
3 tbsp oil.

3 Tbsp light soy sauce
1 tsp fish sauce
½ tsp oyster sauce
Dark caramel sauce (as needed)
A good dash of white pepper
½ cup water

Make the noodle.
1. Mix water with 100gm rice flour. Cook over medium heat , stirring all the while until it turns thick. Turn off the heat and pour in the rest of the flours. Mix until a big blob of sticky dough forms. Leave it to cool it will not be sticky, but still tacky.
2. Bring a saucepan of water to boil.
3. Oil one side of the cleaver, place some dough on the cleaver and flatten it to about 8mm thick. Use a dough scraper (lightly oiled at the cutting edge) and slice the dough into the boiling water. When the dough strips float, let them simmer for another 10 seconds then use a small strainer and pick them up into a colander. Rinse the noodles under running tap water, set aside. (do this step in small batches)
4. Let the noodles cool down thoroughly before frying.

Prepare the long beans. (if this step is done correctly, the final outcome will be good)
1. Heat wok until very very hot.
2. Put in salt, then the oil.
3. Put in garlic, give it a quick stir (it might burn quickly cos it's very hot) and then put in the long beans. (if it smokes, the better it'll taste)
4. Toss it and cook until some parts of the long beans takes on some minor charring or browning. (it should smell really good, no need all to take on charring, just a few pieces will be good enough)
5. Add in water and simmer on medium heat with the lid off until it softens and water  has almost dried up (add more water if the beans hasn't soften).

Frying the noodle
1. Heat wok and put in oil. Saute the shallots until golden.
2. Pour in noodles and give it a light toss.
3. Pour in long beans and seasonings, lightly toss it, take care not to break the noodles.
4. When the liquid looks absorbed, turn off the heat, let the noodles turn warm in the wok, do not move it.

Preparing the dough

Making the noodles

Get ready to cook!

see the long beans in the first pic, there's some minor charing and that's flavour!

I am submitting this to Malaysian Food Fest Perak Month hosted by WendyinKK of Table for 2 or more


  1. ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.comAugust 4, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Wow, Wendy, I want to order! You are great lah and the pic itself already makes me drooling....

  2. What can I say but THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for this wonderful recipe. I havent had this for decades, you know. I even try searching in the site and not one cookbook had this recipe. I wish I can give you a big hug of thanks. I love this fun chai as I remember I always request my grandma to tar pau for me if she go to market.

  3. hi, I have been reading your blog quite a long time. I always wonder why you have so many recipes that I seldom see or sometimes I never know their existence. Would you mind to share how you discover them?

    By the way, love your pic with Business newspaper as "table cloth".

  4. ivy,
    you can masak urself ler, hehehe

    I don't think there will be any recipe online.. it's never seen out of Kampar

    I grew up eating these, I didn't create this. If you want to know where I get the recipes from, you can refer to my stated source at each recipe

  5. I think i tried this before, but can't remember where.....

    mouth watering.....

    FYI, i m from small town of Kampar.

    **Anderson Mama**


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