One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Chiefly in Malaysian and Singaporean cookery: a dish consisting of flat rice noodles stir-fried in soy sauce and shrimp paste with whole prawns, cockles, and bean sprouts.
1970s; earliest use found in New Nation (Singapore). From Chinese (Hokkien) chhá-kóe-tiâu from chhá to fry + kóe-tiâu kind of broad, flat noodles (from kóe pastry + tiâu long narrow piece, strip).
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