Stir-Fried Jicama with Cuttlefish and Mushroom is better known as “bang kuang char” or “jiu hu char” in northern Malaysia Hokkien. It is a very popular dish among northern Malaysian Chinese. This old time flavour dish will always be served during festival celebration or ancestral praying.


Bang Kuang Char/Jiu Hu Char (Stir-Fried Jicama with Cuttlefish & Mushroom) | MyKitchen101en


  • 100 g skinless pork belly (cut into thin strips)
  • 400 g jicama
  • 80 g carrot
  • 3 tbsps cooking oil
  • 30 g garlic (chopped)
  • 25 g dried cuttlefish (soaked, cut into thin strips)
  • 30 g mushrooms (soaked, thinly sliced)
  • 1/3 tsp ground pepper
  • 350 ml mushroom soaking water
  • 3/4 tsp fine salt
  • 20 g green onion (cut into 2-inch pieces)

Marinade for pork belly:

  • 1/8 tsp fine salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp fine sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil


1 Add ingredients for marinade to pork belly strips, mix well.

2 Slice jicama and carrot using mandolin slicer, then cut into thin strips.

3 Preheat cooking wok, add in cooking oil, add in chopped garlic and cook until fragrant.

4 Add in pork and cuttlefish strips, sliced mushroom and ground pepper, cook until fragrant.


5 Add in jicama and carrot, stir-fry until fragrant.

6 Add in mushroom soaking water, bring to the boil.

7 Turn to medium-low heat, cover and cook for 15 minutes (stir once after 10 minutes).

8 Season with salt, then mix in green onion.