Char Bee Hoon Recipe 炒米粉

Char Bee Hoon 炒米粉

Char Bee Hoon 炒米粉.
There are many ways to char bee hoon and this is the style I’ve cooked for my family for about 2 decades now.

Char Bee Hoon (char 炒 = fry, and bee hoon 米粉 = rice sticks, vermicelli) is a very popular meal prepared by Singaporean housewives for their family especially on days when the wifey runs out of idea cooking 3 dishes 1 soup set dinner. You will frequently see fried bee hoon in a housewarming, baby showers and children’s birthday parties. Since this was the last dish (and one of those prepared meals for deep-freezing I cooked for Vanessa the dawn I left Melbourne), I might as well share the recipe here.

There are many ways to char bee hoon and this is the style I’ve cooked for my family for about 2 decades now.

Fried Beehoon Ingredients©BondingTool

Above are the basic ingredients used in my family’s recipe. I sometimes do a vegetable based char bee hoon using french beans, cabbage, carrots, mushrooms and dried shrimps (omit the dried shrimps for a complete vegetarian meal – also strict vegetarians do not use garlic as they say it may hurt their internal organs).

Dried Shitake Mushrooms3©BondingTool

Reconstitute the Dried Shitake Mushrooms by soaking them in hot water until they are soften. Rinse the caps well to get rid of spores and cut off and discard stems. Retain the mushrooms water for use later. Slice the mushrooms as seen in the picture. Vanessa likes to have plenty of mushrooms in every bite so I tend to use a lot more than stipulated in the recipe. Sometimes, I feel like Shitake is the star ingredient and I should rename this dish “Fried Mushrooms with Bee Hoon”.

Dried Shimps6©BondingTool

Reconstitute the Dried Shrimps with hot water until soften. Retain the water for use later.
Pound or blend the soften shrimps as seen in the picture here.


Beat a few eggs and make omelet strips as seen in the picture above. I do not season them as they are mixed into the bee hoon when we eat but you may season with a little salt and white pepper powder according to taste.

Fried Beehoon Steps10©BondingTool

Heat oil in wok, stir-fry dried shrimps and minced garlic till bubbly and fragrant. Add in sliced mushrooms and fry for a couple more minutes. Add in the shredded vegetables and fry till half cooked. Add in the canned stew pork and the sauce. Add in the dried mushrooms and dried shrimp water. Add more water if necessary so that the ingredients are almost immersed in the water. Add Oyster Sauce, Light Soy Sauce and Pepper to taste, then lastly, add in the Bee Hoon.

Fried Beehoon Step9©BondingTool

Mix well and cover with lid. Let the bee hoon absorb all the liquid, on medium low heat. Once liquid is absorbed, uncover and adjust seasoning. You can keep the dish moist or continue to cook till dry and fluffy. I like it just moist but Vanessa likes it really dry so she wins… I fry them further. Also, if you are going to freeze them like I did for Vanessa and Ray, it is better to keep them dry.

Fried Beehoon Ready©BondingTool

Serve garnished with your choice of chopped coriander leaves, fried shallots, red cut chillies, a dollop of sambal belachan or simply as it is.

Fried Beehoon Sam Style2©BondingTool

They taste just as good when the steam is gone.

Fried Beehoon Ingredients2©BondingTool

Recap of main ingredients used.

Char Bee Hoon Recipe
1 packet Rice Sticks (soak in tepid water till soften, drain and set aside).
1-2 cans Stewed Pork. I used 2 cans not so much for the meat but the gravy in the canned pork makes a difference when frying this dish. Or you may substitute with fresh sliced pork or chicken, prawns and squid.
¼ whole Cabbage, shredded.
2 Carrots, shredded.
¼-½ cup Dried Shrimps (high in cholesterol and taste, so you decide the amount or omit them).
8-10 Dried Shitake Mushrooms, reconstituted and shredded.
2 cloves Garlic, minced.
1-2 tablespoons Groundnut Oil.

1 tablespoon Oyster Sauce.
3 tablespoons Light Soy Sauce.
A few dashes of White Pepper Powder.
A few dashes of Sesame Oil (after turning off heat to perfume dish).

Shredded Omelet.
Chopped Cilantro Leaves.
Fried Shallots.
Red cut Chillies.
Calamansi Limes, halved. Squeeze over the noodles before eating.

Happy cooking 🙂

See more here:炒米粉食谱/

15 Responses to “Char Bee Hoon Recipe 炒米粉”
  1. love the way you present your recipees

  2. bondingtool says:

    Thank you, Vicky. I document them as detailed as possible (sometimes overkill) so that my children can replicate them. They do not pay attention when I’m there so I give step by step tutorials here 🙂

  3. drunk ninja says:

    LOVE THIS! Actually it’s a toss up between this and Chau Kwai Tieu (flat noodles). Btw, your photos are beautiful, do you use an SLR for it?

    Good idea about doing this for your children (again, I keep thinking they are younguns), I’m trying to learn some soup recipes from my mom as well as I will definitely miss her soups if she is gone.

    • bondingtool says:

      Hi Mo, only the header photo and 2 more in the content (single bowl shots with red cut chillies) are taken with SLR by my younger daughter. The rest and most of my posts’ photos are taken with my handphone camera. My young one just gave me her SLR and manual but I haven’t learn to use it yet. Are you going to do reunion dinner tomorrow?

  4. Hi Sam Thank you for liking my post..l appreciate your support.Blessings.jalal

  5. jalal michael sabbagh. says:

    Your delicate recipes deserve to be in a book.Thank you Sam for your visit.Much appreciated.My regards.jalal

  6. Sam , this post is a luscious feast it captivates the eyes Just looking makes a person so hungry.Always jalal

    • Sam Han says:

      Lol… Thanks Jalal, try the recipe, it’s one of my top hit in search. You may like it. Omit canned meat and substitute with meat of your choice or use seafood even 😀

  7. Fantastic post.A feast fit for the food lovers.Thank you Sam for keeping in touch.jalal

  8. Boon says:

    I’ve never thought of freezing fried Bee Hoon. Do you freeze the bee hoon with the egg strips, cabbage and everything? I guess a ziplock bag would do. If this works it will be great! Thank you!

    • Sam Han says:

      Hi Boon, I freeze mine with everything in it as I know my daughter would not cook egg strips or cabbage to “value-add” into her frozen meals, lol… Yes ziplock works well. I used bags that could be used in a microwave for her convenience.

  9. Amanda says:

    Hi I really wana try this recipe out, it looks really great! 🙂 What’s the serving size of this recipe? Can it serve for 4-5 people??

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