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Chinese Fried Rice Recipes for Yangzhou Fried Rice, Bai Cha, Yakimeshi and More

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We’ve got Chinese fried rice recipes for Yangzhou fried rice, the Chinese-Cambodian fried rice bai cha, and recipes for fried rice from Japan and Korea if you’re getting into the spirit of Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year and looking for fried rice recipes. All of these fried rice recipes are quick, easy and versatile.

Firecrackers have been going off all day here in Siem Reap. Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year are being celebrated, marking the first day of the Year of the Rabbit according to the Chinese zodiac calendar and the Year of the Cat for the Vietnamese calendar.

Chinese New Year’s Day also marks the start of the Chinese Spring Festival, and the celebrations will continue for fifteen days in China, the Chinese diaspora and Chinese communities around the world until the Chinese Lantern Festival during the full moon on 5 February 2023.

Good food, and particularly lucky food, such as spring rolls, dumplings and noodles, are cooked and eaten throughout Chinese New Year and the Spring Festival. Chinese fried rice will often make an appearance on the festive table, as fried rice symbolises harmony.

I’ll pulled together this compilation for your convenience: we’ve got Chinese fried rice recipes for Yangzhou fried rice, one of the most beloved fried rice dishes, as well as Chinese-Cambodian fried recipes, and Korean and Japanese fried rice recipes. If you’re a lover of fried rice dishes, do bookmark this post as we’ll be adding more fried rice recipes throughout the festival.

In case you missed it, we also shared a collection of Chinese egg recipes, everything from a Chinese tea eggs recipe for perfumed marbled eggs and a soft scrambled eggs recipe with Chinese barbecue pork and chives to Chinese egg drop soup and recipes for egg foo young, both the Cantonese original and Chinese-American versions.

And I republished a round-up of recipes for dishes for Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year that we shared last year. That post includes recipes for Chinese spring rolls, dumplings, longevity noodles, and more. One of my favourites is a melt-in-the-mouth Vietnamese braised pork belly and boiled eggs dish.

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Now let me tell you all about these Chinese fried rice recipes for Yangzhou fried rice and more.

Chinese Fried Rice Recipes for Yangzhou Fried Rice, Bai Chai, Yakimeshi and More

We’ve got Chinese fried rice recipes for Yangzhou fried rice, perhaps one of the best known fried rice dishes, as well as Chinese-Cambodian, Korean and Japanese fried rice recipes.

Chinese Special Fried Rice Recipe for Yangzhou Fried Rice

This recipe for the classic Chinese special fried rice we’d eat in Chinese restaurants growing up in Australia is essentially Yangzhou fried rice. It originated in China’s Yangzhou city in Jiangsu province, a hotbed of Huaiyang cuisine.

The traditional fried rice dish was comprised of cooked rice, char siu pork, shrimps, peas, carrots, scallions, and scrambled eggs, with crab or sea cucumber sometimes added.

We’d find this fried rice on every Chinese restaurant menu, from swanky banquet restaurants and suburban eateries to all-you-can-eat food court buffets. While it’s acceptable after sitting in a bain-marie for a while, it’s outstanding when freshly wok-fried and piping hot.

Chinese Special Fried Rice Recipe, a Fantastic Filling One Pot Meal

Classic Chinese Cambodian Fried Rice Recipe for Bai Cha

As you’d expect of a Southeast Asian country with a long history of Chinese trade and migration, and a sizeable Chinese-Cambodian community, Cambodia has no shortage of fried rice recipes, but this classic Cambodian fried rice recipe makes a particularly delicious Cambodian bai cha (fried rice).

It’s a lighter style of fried rice and is essentially the Cambodian take on the classic Chinese fried rice, and it’s another of our best fried rice recipes. Bai cha is simply ‘fried rice’ – ‘bai’ is rice and ‘cha’ is to stir-fry – and it’s distinguished by two typical Cambodian breakfast ingredients, sausage and eggs.

The sausage in question is Siem Reap sausage, the local take on lap cheong, the smoked, sweetened, red Chinese sausage. Sometimes it’s served with a fried egg on top in addition to the scrambled egg through the rice.

Cambodian Fried Rice Recipe – How to Make the Best Bai Cha


Japanese Fried Rice Recipe for Yakimeshi

There are several theories as to when fried rice arrived in Japan, but it’s thought that Japanese emissaries to China during the Tang Dynasty, who had gone to learn about the culture, first brought Chinese fried rice recipes back to Japan in the Seventh Century.

Yakimeshi is one of two styles of Japanese fried rice, the basic version of which is made with Japanese rice, scrambled egg and bacon or ham. This Japanese fried rice recipe for yakimeshi with bacon and egg makes my take on the classic Japanese fried rice.

I’ve added shredded cabbage, sesame seeds and roasted seaweed to give the fried rice greater texture, along with quintessential Japanese ingredients such as Japanese soy sauce, rice vinegar, mirin, sesame oil, and shichimi togarashi Japanese seven spice to intensify the flavour.

My recipe came about from experimentation as we had some leftover steamed Japanese rice in the fridge, which we had with Japanese fried chicken and the Japanese style cucumber and cabbage salad, and the best thing to do with leftover rice is make fried rice.

Japanese Fried Rice Recipe for Yakimeshi with Bacon, Egg and Cabbage

Korean Kimchi Fried Rice Recipe for a Classic Kimchi Bokkeumbap

This easy Korean kimchi fried rice recipe with fried eggs makes a classic kimchi bokkeumbap stir-fried with Korea’s famously fiery fermented cabbage called kimchi, spicy chilli sauce gochujang, scallions, onion and carrot.

It’s topped with a soft fried egg and sprinkled with roasted seaweed and sesame seeds. If it’s not spicy enough for you, you can also sprinkle on some Korean chilli flakes called gochugaru.

It’s a very versatile rice dish. I ran out of kimchi the other day and add braised cabbage to the little kimchi I had left. This is actually a vegetarian kimchi fried rice and if you skipped the fried egg, it’s essentially a vegan fried rice.

Easy Korean Kimchi Fried Rice Recipe with Fried Egg for Kimchi Bokkeumbap

Cambodian Shrimp Fried Rice with Shrimp Paste Recipe

Another of Cambodia’s popular fried rice dishes and another of our best fried rice recipes makes this shrimp fried rice with shrimp paste called bai char kapi. ‘Kapi’ is shrimp paste.

The classic fried rice dish combines sweet plump prawns and pungent shrimp paste to create a fried rice that is sweet, salty and funky. If you’re not a fan of shrimp paste, then you could leave it out and use fish sauce instead.

They’re different ingredients obviously, but they boast the same funkiness, however, fish sauce tends to be more approachable for those not used to cooking and eating with either. You’ll probably have a better chance finding a Thai shrimp paste than a Cambodian shrimp paste outside Cambodia.

Shrimp Fried Rice With Shrimp Paste Recipe – How to Make Cambodia’s Bai Cha Kapi

Please do let us know in the comments below if you make any of our Chinese fried rice recipes, as we’d love to know how they turn out for you.


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