Time: 12 minutes.
[Look at the ingredients section for a Halal variation]
The Yang Chow Fried Rice is the most basic fried rice you can ever find. Putting aside rice, it comprises of only 4 ingredients: egg, spring onions, char siu and prawns. The origin of this dish remain controversial, where it used to be the Sui Emperor’s (隋扬帝) favourite dish approximately 1400 years ago, or, a dish made out of leftover rice with eggs and spring onions by poor families in the Spring & Autumn Period (春秋时代) (722 – 479 BC). This dish is said to first bloomed in Hong Kong and is later on brought by immigrating Chinese to all corners of the world. Interestingly, the addition of char siu is believed to happen only after being introduced to Hong Kong.
Variations of fried rice are available throughout the world. Some due to adaptation to local cultures, some due to dietary concerns. Regardless of that, I am going to introduce the simplest and most traditional way of making Yang Chow Fried Rice.
- 150 g white rice, refrigerated overnight
- 2 beaten eggs
- Some medium prawns
- 60 g Char siu, diced. (Alternative: Minced chicken / pork)
- Spring onions
- 2 tbs soy sauce
- Start off by heating the wok with some oil on medium heat. Stir fry the char siu for a moment and add in the prawns.
2. When the prawns starts to turns orange, take the char siu and prawns out for later use. Pre-heat the rice slightly in a microwave. Pour in the eggs (make sure you have enough oil!) and wait till a thin film form below. Add in the rice and start stir-frying everything. Break the eggs into small pieces (scraps?).
3. Continue stir-frying for around 2 minutes. Add the char siu and prawns back in and continue stir-frying for a minute. Add the salt and soy sauce from the side of the wok and mix them up for another 30 seconds.
4. Now, add our final ingredient: the spring onions. Stir-fry them for another 15 seconds and your Yang chow fried rice is finished!
Fried rice is highly versatile and you could basically use any ingredients or leftovers for it. I personally enjoy fried rice with long beans. Play around with the ingredients to suit your taste. Just be sure to bear in mind 1 common rule for all fried rices – a fried rice is best served hot and immediately!
Are you a fan of char siu? Check out how we make our scrumptious char siu here!
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