Rolling in Flavour: Exploring Malaysia’s Beloved Chee Cheong Fun

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Chee cheong fun is a popular Malaysian dish that has been enjoyed by locals and visitors alike for decades. This steamed rice noodle roll is a staple in Malaysian cuisine and can be found in various parts of the country. In this article, we will explore the history and ingredients of chee cheong fun, how it is made, and the various ways it can be served.

History and Ingredients

Chee cheong fun originated from southern China, where it is known as ‘chang fen.’ It was brought over to Malaysia by Chinese immigrants and quickly became a beloved dish amongst the locals. The name ‘chee cheong fun’ comes from the Cantonese language, with ‘chee cheong’ meaning ‘pig intestine’ and ‘fun’ meaning ‘noodle.’

While the original recipe called for a filling of pig intestine, this has been replaced with other ingredients such as shrimp, char siu (Chinese BBQ pork), and vegetables. The main ingredients for the rice noodle roll include rice flour, tapioca flour, and water. These ingredients are mixed together and steamed to create a smooth and silky texture.

Hong Kong style chee cheong fun is a 
Steamed rice noodle rolls with a savory sauce, a popular delicacy.
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How It Is Made

Chee cheong fun is made by pouring a thin layer of the rice flour mixture onto a flat surface, such as a metal tray or bamboo mat. The tray is then placed in a steamer and cooked for a few minutes until the rice flour mixture sets. Once set, the rice noodle roll is removed from the tray and rolled up, with the filling added in the process. The roll is then cut into bite-sized pieces and served with a variety of sauces.

Silky rice noodle rolls drenched in aromatic curry sauce, a flavorful delight.
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Varieties of Chee Cheong Fun

There are many different ways that chee cheong fun can be served, depending on the filling and sauce used. In Malaysia, some of the most popular fillings include shrimp, char siu, and vegetables such as bean sprouts and carrots.

One of the most common sauces used for chee cheong fun is a sweet soy sauce, which is drizzled over the top of the roll. Other sauces include chilli sauce and hoisin sauce. Some vendors also add toppings such as sesame seeds or fried shallots to give the dish extra flavour and texture.

In some parts of Malaysia, chee cheong fun is served with yong tau foo, which is a type of Chinese dish made with various stuffed tofu and vegetables. The rice noodle roll is served alongside the yong tau foo pieces, with the same sweet soy sauce used to flavour the dish.


Chee cheong fun is a beloved dish in Malaysia and is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. This simple yet delicious rice noodle roll can be found in various parts of the country, with different fillings and sauces used to give it unique flavours. Whether you prefer it with shrimp, char siu, or vegetables, chee cheong fun is a must-try dish for anyone visiting Malaysia.

Article curated by Lavanyah Magenthiran