Have you tried preparing Cantonese Wat Tan Hor using Kailan instead of Choy Sum?  For me, yes, ever since I prepared this Thai noodle [Rad Nah [Thai Flat Noodles in Gravy], I have been switching these 2 vegetables whenever I cook flat rice noodles.  Love the crunchy, bright green leaves in the gravy. Simply delicious eventhough there are no prawns. It is good, my husband has got used to it, never  ask why I am not using Choy Sum for the gravy when cooking  this noodle ‘Char Hor Fun’ in Hokkien dialect.

This a simple and easy to prepare noodle dish.  If you think a plate of this you eat at the stall isn’t enough to fill your stomach, why not make this at home?  Awesome.  You can also serve this meat/vegetable gravy over plain rice as a One Dish Meal.


[serves 3]

600 gm flat rice noodles – loosen up with a pair of chopsticks

200 gm lean pork – sliced

a bunch of kailan – washed and break into pieces

some sliced cut carrots

1 tbsp chopped garlic

3 bowls water

2-3 eggs – lightly beaten

2 tbsp cornstarch + 2 tbsp water [thickening]


2 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tbsp light soy sauce

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp msg or chicken stock granules

  1. Soak kailan in water with a pinch of bicarbonate soda for 10 minutes.  Rinse, drain and break into pieces.
  2. Marinate meat slices with some light soy sauce, dash of pepper and some cornstarch.
  3. Heat a non stick wok with a teaspoon of oil [need little oil as the flat noodles are oily],  add in noodles, spread out evenly so that the noodles will be a little charred [fragrance] or has the so called ‘wok hei’.  Seasoned with 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce.  Stir fry to mix well, dish up on serving platter.
  4. Using the same wok, add in 1 tablespoon of oil, saute garlic until aromatic.  Add in meat slices.  Fry until it turns white.  Add in water.
  5. Bring to boil, add seasoning to taste, boil for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add in kailan and carrots.  Stir to mix well, thicken with cornstarch water.
  7. Lower heat, pour in eggs.  Need not stir the gravy.  Off heat.
  8. Scoop over fried noodles.  Serve immediately with cut chillies or sambal belacan.


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