Penang Fried Rice Noodles

40 mins (prep 30)
18 ingredients
makes 4 servings
This streamlined version of a favorite Malaysian street food noodle dish, char kway teow, substitutes Spanish chorizo for the Chinese sausage sometimes used. The smoked paprika that flavors the chorizo may be far from traditional, but it adds another layer of depth to this seductive stir-fry of rice noodles with shrimp, egg, and jicama. There's just enough chile paste for a mild buzz of heat, but not so much that your mouth is on fire. If the jicama seems like a weird Mexican-Malaysian fusion idea, then you probably don't know that jicama is used in Asia, where it's known as Chinese turnip or potato. Its sweet crunch is reminiscent of fresh water chestnuts. Don't expect a supersaucy dish, but rest assured there's enough sauce to coat everything.

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  • 1/2 pound (1/8- to 1/4-inch wide) dried rice stick noodles
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten with a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon chile paste (sambal oelek) or chinese garlic chile paste
  • 3 ounces spanish chorizo, halved lengthwise, casing removed if desired (see cooks' notes), sausage thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 pound jicama, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick matchsticks
  • 1 bunch scallions (greens only), cut crosswise into 1 1/2-inch lengths
  • lime wedges for serving
  • special equipment: a 14-inch wok, preferably flat-bottomed, or a 12-inch heavy skillet


Serving Size (77.31 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 76.12 Calories from Fat 50.49
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5.61g 34.5%
Saturated Fat 0.42g 8.5%
Trans Fat 0.14g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 518.77mg 86.46%
Total Carbohydrate 5.52g 7.35%
Dietary Fiber 2.85 g 45.64%
Sugars 1.18 g %
Protein 1.38g 11.04%
Vitamin A 11.91IU% Vitamin C 11.45mg%
Calcium 8.76mg% Iron 0.56mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
large eggs, peeled and deveined large shrimp, chile paste, spanish chorizo, large garlic cloves, lime wedges, a, special equipment


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