Malaysian Noodles with Crab and Meatballs

Serves 4

This scrumptious noodle dish is based on one of the most popular noodle-based street foods you’ll find in Penang: Penang Char Kway Teow. 


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Harvest & Honey

Malaysian Noodles with Crab and Meatballs
  • 7 ounces dried rice noodles
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. sambal chili paste 
  • 2 Chinese sausages (lop chong), cut into 1/4-in. slices OR package of Asian-style chicken meatballs (such as the teriyaki and pineapple variety by Aidell’s)
  • 6 scallions, trimmed and cut into 2-in. lengths
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 ounces mung bean sprouts
  • 1/2 pound shelled, cooked crab
  • Cilantro, for garnish

Place the noodles in a large bowl and cover with boiling water. Let them sit for 5 to 8 minutes, or until tender. Drain and rinse with cold water.


Heat a large wok over medium heat. Add the oils and swirl to coat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the sambal; the mixture will probably spatter, so stand back after adding this ingredient.


Next, increase heat to medium-high and add the sausages (or meatballs). Cook, stirring occasionally, until sausages (or meatballs) are light golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the scallions and cook, stirring, until they begin to soften but are still very crisp, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the softened noodles and soy sauce, stirring to coat.


Make a well in pan. Add the eggs. Scramble them gently in the well and then toss with the rest of the ingredients in the pan.


Season with the pepper, 1/4 cup water (or more, if needed), the bean sprouts, and crab. Cook, stirring, until the bean sprouts are tender-crisp, about 2 minutes. Serve garnished with cilantro.

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