Definition of char kway teow in US English:

char kway teow

noun

  • 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.

Origin

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).