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Kampar Chee Cheong Fun - Perak MFF #5

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Chee Cheong Fun in Kampar is a bit different....

It is THICK and FLAT with good rice flavour.... not starchy, translucent, gummy or elastic.
It is steamed with dried shrimp and chinese chives (not spring onions), although there is the option for plain noodles.
It is served with an option of at least 5 condiments of which includes Red Sweet Sauce, Curry, Chilli Sauce, Pickled Green Chilli and Shrimp Paste... not counting the usual oil and soy sauce

Choices of condiments.. not compulsory to have it all together

There was once, I saw a stall in USJ displaying "Kampar Chee Cheong Fun". Happily I went over and said, one plate with Curry, Sweet Sauce and Har Kou. The lady looked at me... weird face. She showed me, her sauces....Brown sweet sauce and chilli sauce ONLY!

Blehhhhhhhhhhhhhh... Klang valley sauces leh! I asked her, why did she display the name Kampar CCF since there's no Kampar condiments.. she said it's made by a Kampar fella! I don't know whether should I laugh or cry. I canceled my order. Later I saw the CCF is the thin type that I suspect is mass produced

You can just drizzle "cooked" oil and soy sauce over this. I love mine with minimal seasonings.

In Kampar, some do sell the thin type of CCF, I think that is factory made and they just resell it. Hawkers who made it from scratch, yes, we Kamparians love such hawkers, always makes it thick. During my teenage years, there were at least 4 CCF hawkers who made it from scratch. The one at market next to the famous Hum Dan Fun, Ming Kee (the man on the bicycle with a straw hat, and the wife who pushes a trolley around Aston Settlement with an even bigger straw hat), Ah Ngan and Keng Yew (Both of them rotate between ACS secondary school and Princess theater). All these stalls serve their homemade thick CCF with the same condiments. All lovely and tasty!

Nowadays... it's left to just 3 if I'm not mistaken. Don't count Hong Kong CCF.

or have it with EVERYTHING. It's always your choice

Like most Kampar food, we love curry with it. Some stalls serve a plain curry sauce, some add long beans and puffy pork rind ( 猪皮Chu Pei) ,flat tofu puffs and some boil the fishballs, fishcakes in the curry to flavour it. But no matter what, it's a mild curry sauce that is delicious. Fried fishballs, stuffed beancurd skins and all sort of fried fishcakes are options to add on. And one can always just have the noodles without anything else.

This type of CCF is not eaten fresh from the steamer, but best left around for a few hours. The texture firms up to a better and 'cleaner' mouthfeel. Fresh thick CCF will be mushy and sticky. Now if you've eaten Ming Kee's CCF in the morning sold by the husband on the bicycle and then later in the afternoon around 4pm, you eat the ones sold by the wife with the trolley.. you will totally taste the difference. I totally love the wife's of which doesn't taste that soft. But then again, it's a matter of personal taste.

For my attempt.. I tried it with 2 brands of flour. Alagappas and Erawan.
If you can't wait and want to eat it soon, then use Alagappas.
If you can wait, then you can use Erawan.
Of if you have a packet of old rice flour, better still, use that. From what I heard from my noodle making friend, old rice is always preferred for noodle making because the texture is less mushy and sticky.
Although you might be using the same brand of rice flour, if the expiry date is far (like 18months away), the texture might not be the same as the one that is near expiry. It happened to me when I made Pak Tong Gou. Old rice flour did taste better.

And I didn't use a cloth to steam it. It cannot be steamed direct on the pan since we need the chives to be seen... I improvised it with... baking paper!

Kampar Chee Cheong Fun
Tasted and recreated by WendyinKK 
Serves 4

150gm rice flour
30gm wheat starch*
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp oil
540ml water

2 Tbsp Chinese Chives, sliced
2 Tbsp Dried shrimp, rinsed and chopped

1. Mix everything and leave it around for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
2. Prepare a steamer/wok and put in water to boil.
3. Fully line a 8 inch square pan with non stick baking paper.
4. Place the tray into the boiling steamer. Stir the batter and put 3/4cup of batter into the tray.  Sprinkle some chopped dried shrimp and chinese chives over.
5. Cover the steamer and steam it for 8-10 minutes.
6. Remove tray from steamer and place on your kitchen counter.
7. Place a big plate over the tray, flip the tray together with the pan (wear kitchen mittens or use towels to protect your hand)
8. Remove the tray and peel away the paper. (Now you can steam the next noodle sheet by fitting this paper back into the tray)
9. Leave it to cool for a minute and generously brush some oil over.
10.Fold the noodle sheet. Leave it for at least 4 hours before serving. (You can steam it the night before for breakfast the next morning)

To serve.
Use a chopping motion and cut the noodles to about 5-8mm wide. Top with your preferred condiments.

*I tried making with cornstarch and wheat starch. Wheat starch has better resilience than cornstarch. I haven't tried tapioca starch, but it might work just as good, or maybe better.

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

25 lovely notes:

Kit Wai August 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM  

wendy , i'm so hungry now ! hahaha ...

Quay Po Cooks August 6, 2013 at 11:34 AM  

Wendy, this post makes me want to drive to Kampar now to have it. So far, I have not found one as good in KL. One of my Perak's yummy favorites.

Mel August 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM  

It is now lunch time....and looking at your post, it is a torture to me. Your CCF is so inviting and delicious and this I want lots of curry drench into it! Oh, so yummy! Well, Quaypo driving back to Kampar is so much nearer than me.
And thanks for the tips on rice flour. I better go and buy few packets of rice flour to keep first.

Veronica Ng August 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM  

Every time I am in Kampar I must have this. There is this CCF stall operates by the Chong brothers which I loved most. Choice of sweet sauce or the curry chi pei and also the must-have pickled green chillies. Wendy, your CCF looks so delicious.

LEY August 6, 2013 at 1:03 PM  

Wendy,you are really amazing, all kinda of food also know how to DIY. Bravo

Daphne Chua,  August 6, 2013 at 1:59 PM  

Kampar CCF sounds a little like Trg laksam. Also made of rice flour and it's thicker than CCF/ hor fun. I also love CCF with curry but hvnt tried it with har-kou.

Anonymous,  August 6, 2013 at 2:22 PM  

Ohhh no.......pls stop posting Kampar food, i really missssssssss. All are my favourites

**Anderson Mama**

Fern @ To Food With Love August 6, 2013 at 6:03 PM  

I saw your CCF photo and had to stop and drool at it! Looks so good....I have to try it with curry next time, sounds delicious!

Samantha Cheah August 6, 2013 at 8:12 PM  

Thanks to Wendy for sharing this post !! my dad 'Ah Ngan Kor' and my late uncle 'Keng Yew's name mentioned them in ur blog...tat's a privilege for them & me.....TQ TQ !! it's reminds me this Kampar Style CCF... I grew up by watching how my grandma, dad & my late mommy prepared this daily at the kitchen plus selling it at stall near Lok Kung Cinema...lots of memories. Now my cousin brother taking over the business of selling CCF in the corner of the coffeeshop near Target Supermarket in the morning and also can find him selling CCF at Yew Fatt minimarket, Bdr Baru Kpr in the afternoon.

Rosamundwo August 6, 2013 at 9:46 PM  

I use corn starch to make my chee cheung fun, yesterday i tried scraping out from cloth can make very thinly


cquek August 6, 2013 at 11:59 PM  

self made- wow! cool! i must try it out

Chef and Sommelier August 7, 2013 at 11:41 AM  

Hats off, Wendy! You even make your own CCF at home?! :D

ivy sew August 7, 2013 at 2:56 PM  

Wendy, you are really mo tak teng! I salute you :)

Phong Hong August 8, 2013 at 2:49 PM  

Wendy, I love CCF! But have never had the Kampar version. One day must make a trip down to Kampar and eat!

Cheryl August 9, 2013 at 7:33 PM  

Thanks for this Wendy. My family love CCF.

I'll give this a try but, do you also have the recipe for the mild curry that goes with this CCF?

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Shu Han August 12, 2013 at 10:16 PM  

I have never heard of, let aloen tried kampar chee cheong fun. But if it is like what you described- good rice flavour and with the addition of delicious dried shrimps and yummy sauce- I[m sure I'm going to love this! So going to make this :) Just need that curry sauce recipe now x

WendyinKK @ Table for 2..... or more August 12, 2013 at 10:58 PM  

Cheryl and ShuHan,
You can use the same curry sauce for the Kampar Lor Mai Farn, omit the milk.
Or use the one from the jicama rice rolls, without the rice flour and lesser sugar.
All the CCF stalls have slight variations to their curry sauce

KayC,  August 28, 2013 at 8:53 AM  

Hi Wendy!
Just love your blog. The pics always make me drool.
What is nonstick baking paper?
Also what is wheat starch?

WendyinKK @ Table for 2..... or more August 28, 2013 at 12:03 PM  

Kay C,
1. It's a baking paper that doesn't stick
2. It's starch made from wheat
You can get both from either Tesco or Jusco

KayC,  August 28, 2013 at 3:09 PM  

Thanks, Wendy.
I'm from Singapore - will check out Phoon Huat for the supplies.
Do you know how to make the dark red tim cheong to go with the chee cheong fun?

MOMMYOF2,  January 26, 2014 at 2:01 PM  


WendyinKK February 9, 2014 at 12:40 AM  

You can try rice flour + cornstarch. But not glutinous rice flour

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