In Penang, char kuih kak is one of those hawker dishes that you could find in many places. There are available at food courts, kopitiam, and sometimes just random road side stalls. It is also one of my favorite hawker dishes to have when I was growing up on the island.

However, in Klang Valley, you’d usually find these in pasar malam and nowhere else. Not entirely too sure why.

char kuih kak stall at pasar malam Meru, Klang
char kuih kak stall at pasar malam Meru, Klang

For those who aren’t familiar with this dish, char kuih kak is basically fried rice cake, usually done in a fairly huge flat frying pan with plenty of dark soy sauce, preserved turnip, garlic, egg, chili if you want it spicy, and sometimes (preferably) with bean sprouts too.

There are also places that gets a little fancy by adding seafood such as squid or prawns.

The dish is fairly simple, and the key to how good they taste lies purely on the consistency of the rice cake on not being too hard or too soft, and of course, the all illusive “wok hei”.

Wok hei is usually accomplished by frying with very high heat to a point where exterior of the cake/noodle/kuih teow starts to get burnt, giving that slightly charred & caramelized taste, while leaving the interior done just right without being overcooked.

other pasar malam snacks for dinner
other pasar malam snacks for dinner

If you’ve never tried this char kuih kak dish before, give it a chance the next time you head to pasar malam, or whenever you’re in Penang. 🙂

location of pasar malam meru

Address:
Pasar Malam Meru
Jalan Kedah (Off Jalan Meru)
Meru, Klang
GPS3.065763, 101.450976
Hours: Thursdays 5 to 9pm

KY eats – Pasar Malam Char Kuih Kak
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6 thoughts on “KY eats – Pasar Malam Char Kuih Kak

  • January 28, 2022 at 5:53 pm
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    I love this!!! Only a couple of places here selling this, dunno if they are still around…after the pandemic!

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    • January 29, 2022 at 10:11 am
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      suituapui: glad to know it’s there at sibu too!

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    • February 2, 2022 at 4:43 pm
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      Monica: most definitely 😀

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  • February 7, 2022 at 4:56 pm
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    the last time I had CKK was at Penang, 2 years ago *sob*sob
    I like mine with lots of choy poh, yum!

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    • February 8, 2022 at 10:22 am
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      Choi Yen: time to make another visit.. after omnicron is over.. :/

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