Saturday, August 29, 2009

Tukang Chi Chong Fan (steamed rice noodle sheets man)

Chi Chong Fan is an Indonesian version of steamed rice noodle sheets or commonly named as Cheong Fun (腸粉 cheong fan or 肠粉 chángfěn) and commonly served in dim sum. The rice noodle sheets are made from mixed rice flour and water, poured into a special flat pan and then steamed. The authentic ones are usually are rolled and filled with different types of meats like beef, shrimp or barbecued pork, often topped with sweet soy sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds.

The Indonesian steamed rice noodle sheets (Chi Chong Fan) is well known from Medan - capital of North Sumatra, Indonesia. Besides, the sauce and the sprinkles are different than the authentic ones, the rice noodle sheets here are remained flat and without any filling except those extra added little pieces of "ham". Chi Chong Fan has a very soft and smooth texture.

The vendor is selling on his bicycle.

You can see the red dots on the chi chong fan.
According to the vendor, it's ham *wink*3 bottles of sauces.
from left to right:
salty soy sauce, sweet sour sauce, chili sauce.

Cut the chi chong fan with a scissor.

Toss all the 3 kind of sauces.
Final touch, sprinkle with fried shallots.

A portion costs only Rp. 5.000 (about US 60 cents)

77 comments:

  1. it is the same as our CCF-too much of Fried shallots isn't it?

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  2. foodbin: I think the Indonesian aka Medan version of CCF is kinda different with the Msian version. Hahaha.. yeah, the vendor was so generous with the fried shallots :D

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  3. I miss those chung fan.....used to eat lots of shrimp chung fan.

    Angie's Recipes

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  4. It's very neat to see how those are made!

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  5. Oh wow, that is so different, looks really nice!

    Thank you for your lovely comments Selba :)
    xoxo

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  6. AR: The shrimp chong fun is my favorite but then it's only available in the chinese restaurant, not at the street food :)

    5 SF: yes, it is interesting indeed :)

    DA: it tasted also very nice because of the soft and smooth texture, thanks for your nice comments too, DA :)

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  7. Great pictures, thanks for sharing.

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  8. helene: thank you for your kind compliments, Helene :)

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  9. Those bottles' colors look very nice with the sauces in them! I have never seen this type of cheong fun before. Looks good though.

    Were the red dots really ham?

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  10. Chee Cheong Fun is my favourite dim sum dish, especially filled with prawns...YUM...!! I didn't know that there is also an Indonesian version of CCF. This is good to know, because I love everything based on rice noodles. Do they also sell it in Jakarta?? I've never seen CCF men hanging around before, or maybe it's just because I didn't explore enough street food when I was still in Indo ;-).

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  11. ETE: Another version of the authentic cheong fun :) Oh... the red dots, I totally have a big doubt that it's ham, hehehe...

    worldwindows: *big grin*

    C-G: Me too.. me too.. *hi5* Yes, you can find it on the street but seriously, it's not really easy at all to find these chi chong fan's vendors. I hardly see them actually so I was so happy when I found this one :) Anyway, probably in the Pluit or Muara Karang area is more easy to find them since the Medan society are residing a lot there :)

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  12. I bet the fried shallots is what gives the noodles their flavor..

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  13. This is so fondly old school. Use to have the same 'tukang' in my hometown & around M'sia years ago. The rapid growth of dim sum restaurants which sells chi cheong fan have somewhat sadly 'killed' all the 'tukangs'.

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  14. @Selba and ETE - Probably it's not ham but food colouring...!!;D

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  15. MMMMMMMMM,..the food looks luscious!!

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  16. peachkins: the fried shallots add the crunchiness but the flavor is more from the 3 kind of sauces :)

    petite nyonya: hi petite nyonya, thanks for stopping by my blog :) Ah, too bad that there's no more "tukangs" in Msia these days because it's really wonderful to have "tukangs" especially when we are hungry on the street :)

    C-G: LOL yeah... a big chance that those red dots are actually food coloring :D

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  17. sophie: Nice and healthy snack ;)

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  18. nice to know you're part peranakan too :D

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  19. petite nyonya: I must learn a lot more about the tradition of peranakan! Hopefully, I will find it in your blog, ya? :)

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  20. OMG! so KL lol! so similar! yum yum!

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  21. Wow... you really have patience to list down how the Tukang CCF prepare his CCF. Good on you .....

    www.3-meals.com

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  22. What an amazing read learning how the CCF are made. I really look forward to your posts, as it's so interesting to see all of these wonderful street foods of Indonesia and how they're prepared!

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  23. The fried shallots look like they really make this dish amazing!

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  24. BBO: Really? So... no need to KL then? LOL

    timothy: It's fun to see the preperation ;)

    LM: thanks a lot for your kind compliments, Lisa! It's really encouraging :)

    faith: yes, you are right :)

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  25. Yum - they sound addicting all those sauces and fried shallots on top!

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  26. ck lam: this kind of chi chong fan is more likely considered as snack :)

    kerstin: so true... the sauce and fried shallots got the main roles, hehehe...

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  27. Oooh I know I've said it before but I really do love your blog! Always so interesting!

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  28. jan: thank you so much, Jan! It really means a lot to know that someone loves my blog :)

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  29. FINALLY something I have had - I love this!

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  30. I adore rice noodles. I can only imagine how wonderful it would be to walk outdoors and buy them on the street.

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  31. Hi Selba, I just tagged you. Please visit my blog and and answer the tag if you feel that you want to join this 'tag game' - tapi kalau mau saja loh, di sini gak maksa...!!;-)

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  32. doggybloggy: *claps* Yes! Finally! Good to know that you love this dish :D

    mary: Rice noodles tasted yummy and also much healthier than noodle :)

    C-G: Whoaaa... I got tag? Thanks! Okiedokie, I'll check it out :)

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  33. Boy... how did I miss this tukang when I lived there... which part of Jakarta did you find this vendor?

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  34. tuty: I found it in central of Jakarta but seriously, it was my first time ever to encounter a chi chong fan vendor in the central of Jakarta :) So difficult to find those vendors these days.

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  35. Yummmmm, you are amazing with your posts...more things for me to add to the list to try...not make, just eat :)

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  36. The fried shallots on top make this extra special.

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  37. Love love love CCF, any version, any time of the day! However, my one and only pre-requisite is that the roll is not unfurled, or spread open coz there's more to bite when it's cut as a roll. Are you able to have that option in Jakarta as well?

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  38. the sauces look different! but very yummy. ccf rocks! :)

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  39. chef e: thank you for your kind compliments, Chef E! :)

    pam: yes, indeed :)

    550ml jof: *hi5* CCF is so yummy! Yes, we do have the roll ones but only in the Chinese restaurant :)

    nic: yay! totally rocks! :D

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  40. This is one of my favourites ... I like to it with lots of fried shallots and chilli. I miss it so much, now I'm in Singapore I hardly see so thin CCF ... :(

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  41. DG: I think the thin ones are only made by the chinese people from Medan :)

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  42. very different from the chee cheong fun in Penang. Ours don't have ham and also the sauce we have shrimp paste. Not sure in Penang can get this kind of chee cheong fun?

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  43. Cheung fan is probably my all-time favorite dim sum dish. I tried to make them myself once, and while they were edible, they didn't taste as good as that street vendor's look! Fried shallots on top is a great idea.

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  44. It looks delicious. Oh if it's not ham, what is it really?

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  45. Another tasty post, Selba. Is there a Street Food cook book in your future. Put me on the list!!!

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  46. It's the different type of sauce for the chee cheong fun compared to what we have in Malaysia.

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  47. This one is quite like those days many many years ago when things were really cheap then in Malaysia, but now it seems you are enjoying it like a time warp , of which we have overshot
    haha

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  48. aiks! so much like ours lah!
    haha... interesting. with hams, as opposed to our char siew and shrimps.

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  49. I could quickly become a street food fanatic with all of your wonderful food vendors everywhere. Thanks for sharing.
    Sam

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  50. SG: Oh... shrimp paste sauce for CCF? that's interesting! Hopefully, I'll get a try of it someday :)

    palidor: *hi5* It's also one of my favorite's dim sum and yes, the shrimp is the best! :)

    KA: From the texture and taste, it doesn't taste like ham at all, probably it's only food coloring to make it looks like ham ;)

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  51. louise: Hehehe... thanks, Louise! Hopefully, I could make my dream comes true someday :)

    LI: I think this kind of CCF sauce is only available here in Indonesia :)

    BSG: psssttt.. I've been enjoying street food as long as I've lived here in Indonesia :P

    the ungourmet: Make sure to order it when you get a chance to eat dim sum (chinese breakfast) in a chinese restaurant. I believe the authentic cheung fan is available around the US :)

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  52. j2kfm: How about the CCF sauce in Ipoh, the same like this one? ;)

    cumi & ciki: yup! so true :D

    MCK: hehehe... thanks, Sam! It's really a high praise for me :)

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  53. i like your posts, to introduce all the tukangs in indonesia, is just something like our hawker in malaysia, the different is the eating culture whether who kept the best of origin and who change it to different (unique) version.

    way to go!

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  54. Penang CCF is the best for me. Your photo makes me craving for one now......

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  55. gill gill: thank you for your kind compliments, Gill :)

    FFT: I hope that I'll have a chance to try the Penang's CCF, I'm getting intrigued by it :)

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  56. FwLT: Sure.. :) *hands a bowl of chi chong fan*

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  57. Wow! I learned so much from reading this post. Thanks, Selba!

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  58. Those noodles look so silky.

    Looks yummy!

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  59. hehe...no wonder cheap! lots of shallots!
    but its a good fillin meal no? with the rice sheets, almost as good as eating rice but at least with some flavour frm the sauces!

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  60. with soy sauce and sweet sour sauce? really something very different! When you come to Pg, let us take u to try the shrimp paste version! :)

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  61. susan from food blogga: Hi Susan, thanks for stopping by my blog, hope to see you again here :)

    jacque: Hi Jacque, thanks for dropping by my blog :)

    TNG: hahaha... yup, a lot shallots but then shallots are quite expensive these days ;)

    buzzingbee: Oh.. that would be so great if you can bring me to try the Penang's CCF, thanks for the offer! :)

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  62. The CCF looks very similar to the one we have here. To be specific close to Ipoh's style. I just had it last week. :D

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  63. email2me: Oh... so the Medan's style is the same as the Ipoh's style, that's so nice :)

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  64. Wow! I love your blog. It's my dream to visit southeast Asia and this is such a treat, to virtually see the foods and sights. Beautiful!

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  65. eralda lt: Hi Eralda, thanks for dropping by my blog. Hopefully you will visit Southeast Asia someday, there are many things to see and also food to try :)

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  66. at least this food share the same name with here.

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  67. pisang goreng: hehehe... yeah, same looks and also same name ;)

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  68. Great shooting, I love street-food.

    Nice to finally stumble onto your website :-) Great blog!

    Cheers from Abu Dhabi...

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  69. julian si: welcome to my blog :) Thanks for your compliments!

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