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It might be a little obvious, but HK char siew noodles refer to Hong Kong Char Siew Noodles, which will serve as our dish of the day.
We’ll just say this – if you like your noodles savoury and a little bit of sauce, then you’ll definitely enjoy this meal. Let’s take a look at just what this healthy noodle dish has to offer!
What is HK Char Siew Noodle
Hong Kong Char Siew Noodle is a dish of few simple ingredients, but the most important one would be the char siew slices that serve as the savoury topping.Char Siew, alternatively spelt as ‘Char Siu’, is a subtype of Cantonese roasted pork meat.
Usually, the char siew contains some fats in it, providing a mix of textures within a single slice. If you are lucky enough to have your roasted pork slices fresh out of the oven, then you’ll be biting down on the crispy exterior of char siew meat and the soft fats filled with delicious pork oil in it.
Remember how we talked about char siew noodles being a healthy and nutritious dish? These sliced pork pieces are served with wonton noodles and some vegetables, so you get to have carbohydrates, protein and fibre all in one meal!
If you have your noodles dry, you will usually get a bowl of soup on the side, filled with vegetables such as choy sum or kai lan.While usually served dry, with some sauce to mix the noodles in at the bottom of the plate, you may also find your dish served as a soup dish. The soup version isn’t too much different, but the taste is going to be exactly how you picture wonton noodle soup to be like!
Origins of Char Siew
When we talk about the history of char siew, we have to talk about the origins of the name, “char siew” itself. The Cantonese word ‘Char Siew’ can be literally translated to ‘fork-roasted’, which refers to the way that the pork meat cuts are prepared!
Often, the pork cuts – either the loin, belly or shoulder area are sliced into a long strip and skewered onto a long fork before being seasoned to produce a sticky sweet and slightly salty taste.
Typically, char siew dishes were found in restaurants serving meat dishes in Hong Kong, but today, they are found in many other places in the Asian region.
You might find these establishments in Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, or even in Japan where it’s served a little differently!
Today, char siew is commonly served with noodles, becoming what is now known as char siew noodles.
Types of HK Char Siew Noodle
You might find the type of vegetables served with your noodles a little different from one stall to another, but there isn’t much else that is different when it comes to this dish.
Sometimes, you’d also find a sweet, red sauce poured over your roasted meat instead of the salty brown sauce, but the red sauce is more commonly seen when the char siew is paired with plain rice.
Where you can find these noodles, you’ll see that you can get an add-on of another type of roasted pork – the crispy golden pork belly slices. Having both char siew and crispy pork belly served together on your plate of noodles is going to be absolutely heavenly!
Where to Find HK Char Siew Noodle in Malaysia
Looking for delicious char siew noodles in Malaysia? Look no further than Good Taste Restaurant which has multiple branches throughout Klang Valley and Kuala Lumpur!
Alternatively, Roasted Chef House (Subang Jaya) also provides a good variety of meat-based dishes, including the HK char siew noodles that we featured in our dish of the day!