Fried Glass Noodle with vegetables and bean sprouts

Bean Sprouts

Glass Noodle, or Cellophane Noodle, is a special noodle made from mung bean (green bean). I don't know why its color is not green or at least yellow, I wonder why how it is white and then turn transparent after it is cooked.

Anyway, fried glass noodle with bean sprouts is called Chau Dong Fen in Cantonese and it is a delicious single meal dish found in most of the hawker stalls in Singapore and Malaysia. Bean Sprouts play a very important role in this recipe. It gives a special fragrance and crunchiness to the dish. If you don't like the taste of bean sprouts you can leave it out although it won't have the same flavor.


  • 300g Glass Noodle, soaked till soft (15 min aprox.)

  • ½ cup of carrots, julienne cut style

  • ½ cup of red bell pepper, julienne cut

  • ½ cup of sliced celery

  • 1 cup of cauliflower, largely chopped

  • 1 ½ cup of bean sprouts

  • 2 eggs

  • 3 clove garlic, chopped

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 4 tbs of soy sauce

  • 1 tbs of chilly powder or chilly paste

  • Salt to taste

  • 1 tsp of sesame oil

  • 2 tbs of olive oil


How to make it:

Heat up a pan or wok, add in olive oil, onion and garlic, fry till fragrant

Add the vegetables and 1 tbs of soy sauce – stir fry for about two minutes

Add a small amount of bean sprouts and stir fry for one minute

Add in the soaked glass noodles, 3 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp of sesame oil, salt and chili powder/paste,

stir fry for 2 minutes till all mix well

Then add in bean sprouts, stir fry quickly till it's mixed well, around ½ minute

keep the fried noodles in one corner of the pan or wok, add 1 tbsp olive oil to the other side of the pan, fry the eggs until almost cooked, pour in the fried noodles and stir fry until well incorporated

Remove from heat, serve hot.


Other information:

  1. Do not add the eggs directly to the noodles, so that the eggs are fried and the noodles won’t be too wet and sticky, plus the bean sprouts stay crunchy!

  2. For a variation of this dish you can add sauteed pieces of chicken.

  3. This recipe serves about four, maybe five.

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