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Penang Char Kway Teow (Malaysian Noodles with Crab and Sausage) #FoodieExtravaganza

Foodie Extravaganza is where we celebrate obscure food holidays or cook and bake together with the same ingredient or theme each month.

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This month Sue of Palatable Pastime is hosting this month's #FoodieExtravaganza. She asked us to help her celebrate National Noodle Month. Now that is a month I can get behind! Here's the list of our noodle creations...

Years ago, we were obsessed with Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.* And, in the Singapore episode, he visited the hawker stands that serve street food. We were drooling.

So, when I saw fresh dungeness crab, I decided to make my own version of Penang Char Kway Teow, Malaysian noodles with crab and sausage for this event. Yum!

First though, I had to crack and clean the crabs. All that succulent crabmeat was totally worth it. I did have to keep myself from sneaking pieces though. I wanted it all for the dish.

  • dried rice noodles (I used a mixture of flat - like tagliatelle - and thin - like vermicelli)
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed and minced
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons sambal chili paste, to taste
  • 3 sausages (lop chong would be traditional, but I used red pepper-chicken sausages), cut into 1/4" slices
  • 1 to 2 cups fish stock
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 pound shelled, cooked Dungeness crab
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro 
  • lemon wedges for serving

Submerge rice noodles in a large bowl and cover with warm water. Let stand until tender, approximately 30 minutes. Drain and rinse. While the noodles soak, crack and clean crabs if not already done.

Heat a large, flat bottom pan, heat oil. Add onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. Cook until softened and the onions are translucent and beginning to caramelize. Add the sambal chili paste and sausages. Cook until sausages are browned.

Pour in stock and stir in soy sauce. Bring to a simmer. Add the noodles and stir to coat. Cook until the liquid is absorbed and the noodles are soft.

To serve: fold in the cilantro and crab meat. Serve with lemon wedges.

That's a wrap on our noodle event. We'll be back next month, celebrating carrots with Sneha of Sneha's Recipe at the head. Stay tuned....

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  1. Char Kway Teow is one of our favorite Malaysian dishes. It often has a mix of chicken and shrimp, along with the Chinese sausage. I would love your version with crab!

  2. This sounds amazing. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for the substitution for the sausaga.

  3. Many times watching shows help us bring our creativity and food addiction too! This is fantastic take on the Malaysian noodles. Awesome bowl.

  4. Nothing bizarre about this at all. I just need a pile of Dungeness crab!

  5. I always need to have extra crab if I am picking it or I won't have enough for the dish. I can only imagine how delish this was.

  6. I don't think I would have been able to stop myself from sneaking a couple of pieces! This looks wonderful with the combination of crab and sausage. I love the wide rice noodles too.

  7. Wish I could have a bowl of this delicious crab and noodles, yum yum!!

  8. This has my mouth watering. What a flavorful dish - that crab is gorgeous!


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