I don't think I have seen it in any restaurants in Seoul. Getting the ingredients - Dark soy sauce and sweet soy sauce and thick flat rice noodles (more than 1 cm width) can be rather tricky. But thankfully I brought the dark soy sauce from Singapore, bought some sweet soy sauce from the Foreign Food Mart in Itaewon and found the thick rice noodles from Lotte Mart. Another important ingredient I almost forget to mention is the Chinese sweet preserved sausage, Lap Chiong. I got mine in vacuum packed from Bee Cheng Hiang which specialises in delicious Ba Gua(bbq pork slices).
Typical Char Kway Teow in Singapore also comes with scrambled egg, bean sprouts, cockles, lard and sambal chilli. It is usually very greasy. Usually it is served with fresh lime halves and sometimes on a banana leaf.
I'm not a big fan of cockles and lard. I hate greasy food. So my recipe is written in my own style which is non greasy and healthy. You can add seafood and chives to this dish if you like.
Homemade Char Kway Teow ( Singapore Famous Fried Rice Noodles )
Ingredients for 2-3 servings, you'll need:
200g of Rice Flat Noodle Stick, usually comes in a dried form
2 garlic cloves, minced
100g of Chicken skinless thigh meat, diced
4 cups of bean sprouts, roots removed
1/2 Chinese Sausage, sliced thinly
1 tablespoon of Kecap Manis, sweet black soy sauce
2-3 tablespoons of dark soy sauce
2 tablespoons of light soy sauce
1 tablespoon of sambal chilli
3 tablespoons of olive oil
White pepper and Salt
First cook the rice noodles in salted boiling water for 2 mins, until slightly soft. Do not overcook. Under cooking is the key of this recipe. Then drain and rinse the noodles under cold running water for 1 min. Drain the noodles and toss with a tablespoon of olive oil
Heat 2 tablespoon of olive oil in a wok under medium-high heat. Fry garlic and chicken dices for 1 min. Add sliced Chinese Sausage and stir the wok mixture for another 30 seconds. Now, add the noodles and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Stir in Kecap Mains, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce and sambal chilli and mix thoroughly. Stir in the bean sprouts and cook the noodles for another 1 min. Season with white pepper and salt.
Serve the noodles hot with fresh lime halves. Give a quick squeeze to the lime over the noodles before eating.