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How to Cook Chinese Fried Rice

This classic side dish is a very handy basic skill for any home cook. The secret is all in the prep: use precooked rice for the best results, and leftover char siu pork is the perfect flavour burst.


How to Cook Chinese Fried Rice

15 minutes
10 minutes

2 tbsp Chinese light soy sauce

2 tbsp Chinese shaoxing cooking wine

1 tsp white sugar

2 tbsp vegetable oil

4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

1 small onion, diced

200g (7oz) diced Homemade Chinese ‘Char Siu’ BBQ Pork (you can also use char siu bought from a restaurant or simply substitute sliced pork, chicken or seafood)

2 eggs, lightly whisked

3 cups (450g/1lb) cooked jasmine or long grain rice (preferably made the day before)

1 tsp sea salt

¼ cup finely sliced spring onion (scallions)

1 tbsp sesame oil

¼ tsp ground white pepper

  • Step 1

    Make the fried rice stir-fry sauce by mixing the soy sauce, shaoxing wine and sugar.

  • Step 2

    Prepare, measure and chop all ingredients before cooking.

  • Step 3

    Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until just starting to turn golden. Add the onion and stir-fry for another 30 seconds or until the onion is just softened. Add the char siu pork and stir-fry for another 30 seconds until warmed through.

  • Step 4

    Push all the ingredients over to one side of the pan or wok. Tilt the pan so that the oil slides into the empty side. Pour the eggs into the oil. Use a spatula to spread the egg out so it cooks evenly. Once the egg is set, break it up and mix with other ingredients. Add the rice and break up and incorporate the rice with the other ingredients. Add the soy sauce mixture and stir-fry until well combined. Toss through the sea salt and spring onion. Turn the heat off and toss through the sesame oil and white pepper. Serve warm.

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Fried Rice

December 11, 2023

Wow this was amazing and easy everyone loved it.You make it so easy for us everything is step by step.Your an amazing Chef.

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November 1, 2023

Soooo good and very easy! Will definitely be making again

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Elizabeth M

Loving this fried rice recipe

October 26, 2023

We love it with left over BBQ duck. I sometimes lightly cook/steam some veggies and add at the end ( I only have a small wok). Get the best flavoured Shaoxing wine. Yes and the sesame and white pepper make a difference. Yum yum.

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