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

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This Chinese special fried rice recipe makes use of that leftover steamed rice you have in the fridge and that wonderful char siu pork you cooked yesterday. Fantastic and filling, it’s my go-to recipe when I’m looking for an easy one pot dish to make — which in this case is a wok.

There always seems to be plenty of leftover steamed rice in our refrigerator. Whenever we use the rice cooker we seem to make a batch that’s big enough for two meals. But I know the real reason we always seem to have these leftovers is because they come in handy to whip up this classic Chinese special fried rice recipe.

This Chinese special fried rice makes our version of the popular takeout meal that’s so much tastier cooked at home. The dish is sometimes called Yangzhou fried rice, because its provenance is the city of Yangzhou in Jiangsu province in China, which was one of the culinary hotbeds of Huaiyang cuisine. However, the history is a little more complicated.

The traditional version of this Chinese special fried rice dish includes cooked rice, char siu pork, shrimps, scallions, ‘scrambled’ eggs, peas, and carrots. Sea cucumber and crab meat were other additions.

Some recipes use lap cheong (or lap chong) instead of char siu pork. While Lara enjoys lap cheong, I find the sweetness of the sausages a little too much for me. Here in Siem Reap, lap cheong is widely available, however, Siem Reap sausage is my preferred option. The local Cambodian fried rice is actually quite similar to this Chinese special fried rice recipe, as are other versions across the region.

Growing up in Australia, fried rice was always served in those Cantonese ‘all you can eat’ restaurants that were in every city and town’s Chinatown, and at suburban Chinese restaurants around Australia. While this dish probably tastes just fine after sitting in a bain-marie for a few hours, it really shines when made fresh and steaming hot.

Classic Chinese Special Fried Rice Recipe. Copyright 2021 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

Chinese Special Fried Rice Recipe

My Chinese special fried rice recipe has been refined over the years. I like it a little darker than you’ll traditionally see in a Chinese restaurant and put in more dark soy than I used to. I’m all about the flavour. I don’t care about the green peas ‘popping’ with colour and the carrots looking like they’ve not absorbed any of the sauce.

I also like to keep the meat — in this case, char siu pork and shrimps — in bigger pieces than most do, and reserving a few pieces of each for final presentation.

There are two ways of preparing the scrambled eggs for this dish. The classic version calls for the eggs to be scrambled first in a little oil in the wok until just set, and then set aside to be tossed through the final dish just before serving.

Another popular version has the eggs being added at the end of cooking and tossed through to cook the eggs. I prefer the first method as getting the timing right during cooking can be easy to get wrong.

I sometimes make a rolled omelette with the two eggs and then slice the omelette. It looks a little more attractive in the final dish.

Tips to Making this Chinese Special Fried Rice Recipe

Making sure you don’t have mushy rice or clumps of rice is key to making this dish correctly. While I always use rice from the day before, I make sure that it has reached room temperature before using it as cold rice tends to not break up properly and turns mushy. I always break apart the clumps of rice with my hands, using a little water if it’s too sticky.

If you are going to use freshly steamed rice, use less water during the cooking process and let it cool off. If the rice is hot when added to the wok, it will stick and once again turn to mush.

The idea is to get the individual grains of rice coated with the oil and then the sauce. Using the biggest wok you have is key to this. I use a 14 inch carbon steel wok for this dish. With a smaller wok I can’t get that separation of the grains.

Some recipes have the addition of Shaoxing wine and chicken stock. I find these unnecessary. The dish has more than enough flavour going on as it is.

When I make this Chinese special fried rice recipe, I nearly always add a fried egg with a soft yolk on top to each serving. We love mixing the egg yolk into the rice. For the photo (above), I didn’t as I wanted to show off the beautiful local shrimp we have here in Cambodia, as I think that this helps elevate this classic dish back to the status it deserves.

Chinese Special Fried Rice Recipe

Classic Chinese Special Fried Rice Recipe. Christmas Leftovers Recipes. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

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

AuthorTerence Carter
This Chinese special fried rice recipe makes use of that leftover steamed rice you have in the fridge and that wonderful char siu pork you cooked yesterday. Fantastic and filling, it's a go-to recipe when you're looking for an easy one pot dish to make.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Chinese
Servings made with recipe4
Calories 919 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic - finely chopped
  • 2 spring onions - chopped (reserve green parts for garnish)
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 100 g Chinese char siu roast pork - finely chopped
  • 100 g raw prawns - shelled and deveined
  • 50 g garden peas - boiled and drained
  • 50 g carrots finely diced
  • 2 eggs - beaten lightly
  • 4 eggs - fried
  • 4 cups steamed Jasmine rice
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

Instructions
 

  • Heat a wok until hot and add a little of the vegetable oil.
  • Add the eggs and scramble. Remove from the wok just before fully set.
  • Add a little more oil and then the ginger and the white parts of the spring onions. Stir-fry for 30 seconds and add the shrimp and the garlic.
  • When the shrimps are cooked and start to colour, add in the Chinese roast pork and stir-fry for a minute.
  • Add the peas and carrots and stir-fry for a minute.
  • Add a little more oil and add the rice, mixing well, and stir-fry until all of the rice is coated in oil. Carefully break apart any clumps of rice with a spoon.
  • Turn the heat down to medium and add the soy sauce, oyster sauce, and the scrambled eggs and mix well.
  • Add the sesame oil and half the green parts of the spring onions and mix well.
  • Serve in individual bowls, place the fried egg the rice and sprinkle the rest of the spring onions on top to garnish.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 919kcalCarbohydrates: 149.7gProtein: 31.1gFat: 19.4gSaturated Fat: 4.7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 14.7gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 323mgSodium: 712mgFiber: 8.7gSugar: 2.3g

Do let us know if you make this Chinese special fried rice recipe. I’d love to know how it turns out.

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Terence Carter is an editorial food and travel photographer and infrequent travel writer with a love of photographing people, places and plates of food. After living in the Middle East for a dozen years, he settled in South-East Asia a dozen years ago with his wife, travel and food writer and sometime magazine editor Lara Dunston.

5 thoughts on “Chinese Special Fried Rice Recipe, a Fantastic Filling One Pot Meal”

  1. Fried rice is a popular dish in my country, Indonesia. But we fry the rice with sweet soya sauce usually, along with sunny side up, shallots, garlic and whatever else you’d want to be in the dish . Oh man, I’m hungry just writing about it. Lol.

  2. A great recipe that I’ve used a few times now and have tried both cooking the egg separately first and adding it for it to cook through. I found cooking it first, cutting it up and adding it later, plus large pieces of meat works best for me.

    This is a solid go to recipe for me now.
    Thank you.5 stars

  3. This is amazing for something that starts with leftover rice! Pretty decadent too with those prawns and pork. Speaking of pork, do you have a go-to roast pork recipe?
    Will intentionally make too much rice the next time I make a curry for the family ;)5 stars

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