What’s For Lunch? – Cheong Fun

Sandwiches were never my thing. Even as a child, I refused to eat them unless they were made with chicken salad, egg salad or some type of fish on toasted bread. No deli meat for me! Needless to say, I was (and apparently still am, according to my friends) a picky eater.

In Chinese cuisine, there’s a dish called “cheong-fun”. This dish is normally eaten during lunch time for dim sum or as a snack. It is a type of rice noodle that is in the form of a roll. It can be filled with shrimp, pork, beef or even Chinese deep-fried fritter sticks. However, the type you can buy in the grocery store is normally plain with perhaps some scallions and mini dried shrimps.

Cheong Fun

So how do you prepare it if you buy it from the store? Two ways: either you can steam it until it’s hot and then add soy sauce and sesame seeds or you can try to pan fry it with some soy sauce, sesame oil and veggies. Below is a pan fried version of cheong fun with green snow peas and and bean sprouts.

Pan fried cheong-fun

It’s through creative thinking like and the help of a thermos that I was very fortunate to avoid the cold sandwich lunches. And as long as there is a stove, microwave or toaster-oven available, I will continue to do so!


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