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Stir Fried Diced Vegetables (Char Liap Liap) 炒粒粒

by Angie Liew
Char Liap Liap

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A Humble Yet Super Delicious Dish: Stir Fried Diced Vegetables, Char Liap Liap

There are so many things to love about this humble home cooked dish. It’s simple and quick to make and full of wholesome goodness. It tastes savoury yet sweet at the same time. A popular dish in most Chinese families, it is sometimes known as “Char Liap Liap” in Hokkien dialect which literally translates to “Stir Fried Cubes”.

Char Liap Liap

All About Cubes: Various Cubed Vegetables, Stir Fried to Aromatic Perfection

The star ingredient is the preserved sweet radish which gives the dish such a flavourful taste and a super crunchy bite. This dish is best served with hot plain porridge or steamed white rice for a light meal in the homes. Certainly a very treasured dish, so special to many people as it brings back old memories and old taste.

As always, Enjoy!

Char Liap Liap

Char Liap Liap

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Stir Fried Diced Vegetables (Char Liap Liap) 炒粒粒

Recipe by Huang Kitchen, Angie Liew
This colourful and flavourful dish is a humble traditional delicacy with an interesting name: Char Liap Liap, which literally translates to "Stir Fried Cubes". All about cubes: made of various types of vegetables, tofu, prawns, and preserved radish, all cut into cubes. This dish is best served with porridge or steamed rice!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time35 minutes

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Servings: 4 people


  • 2 tbsp garlic, chopped
  • 150 grams long beans, cubed
  • 100 grams fresh shrimps, shelled and cubed
  • 100 grams Carrot, cubed
  • 100 grams pickled sweet radish, cubed
  • 50 grams raw peanuts, with skin and fried
  • 1 beancurd, tau kwa, fried and cubed
  • 1 5 spice beancurd, tau kwa, cubed and fried
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil


  • 1 tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • ½ tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chicken stock granule
  • ¼ tsp dark soy sauce


    Prepare Ingredients:

    • Chop garlic and dice vegetables.
      First, finely chop garlic. Then dice the preserved sweet radish, long beans and carrots into 1 cm length.
    • Fry white beancurd and cut into cubes.
      Slice firm beancurd (tau kwa) into thinner pieces, pan fried and cut into 1 cm cubes.
    • Cut yellow beancurd and fry.
      Next, dice 5 spice beancurd (tau kwa) and deep fry till fragrant. Then set aside.
    • Deep fry peanuts.
      Lastly, fry raw peanuts until golden brown. Then drain on paper towel. And we're ready to fry the diced vegetables.

    Frying diced vegetables:

    • Stir Fry the diced vegetables.
      To fry, first heat up wok with 1 tbsp cooking oil. Add in chopped garlic and stir fry till fragrant. Then add in preserved sweet radish cubes and continue to fry till aromatic. Next, stir in cut long beans and carrot cubes and mix well.
    • Add seasonings.
      Season with salt, oyster sauce, chicken stock granules and light soy sauce.
    • Fry diced vegetables.
      Next, add a little dark soy sauce for colour. Lastly, add in the fried beancurd and fried peanuts. Continue to fry for about 5 minutes. Gently mix well and we're done!
    • Char Liap Liap
      Dish out onto a serving plate and serve immediately. This dish is usually served with hot plain porridge or steamed rice. As always, Enjoy!


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Use the sweet type of preserved radish for this dish.
When stir frying the chopped garlic, make sure not to over fry or the dish may taste bitter. Just fry till the chopped garlic is light golden brown.
Be sure not to overcook the long beans and carrots. Otherwise, the dice vegetables will be limped and not crunchy.
The amount of dice ingredients can be varied depending on own preference.
Course: Main, Sides
Cuisine: Chinese, Malaysian
Keyword: stir fry, tofu, vegetables

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Ellie March 11, 2021 - 8:30 am

Thank you for this recipe! I really enjoyed it! Your recipe brought back memories of my hometown and childhood and that is priceless! Thanks so much!

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