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15 Minute Meal: Delicious Chinese Fried Rice 3-Step Recipe

Updated on August 20, 2012
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You would not know how big a deal fried rice is in Asia if you do not experience it for yourself--even if you are half a world away. It is especially important with the Chinese because of its versatility and can be cooked in a gazillion different ways. There is no dull Chinese fried rice. You can always be assured it is zinging with all kinds of colours and flavours that suit everybody's palate.

This versatility with regards to its cooking variations has paved way for the fried rice that are now very popular nowadays including Singaporean Spicy Fried Rice, Fujian Fried Rice, Yangzhou Fried Rice, Bai Cha, Cha Han, and so on.

The recipe below is that of the very popular Chinese Fried Rice. It is very simple to make and needs some very basic kitchen ingredients that are lying in your kitchen. This recipe serves two people and if you need to make this for twenty people, just do the necessary calculations.

Preparation Time: 5 Minutes Cooking Time: 10 Minutes



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What are the secrets of the best Chinese Fried Rice?

(1) RICE -- A freshly-cooked steaming rice would simply not do. An ideal Chinese fried rice would be rice that is "aged" for approximately a day. To 'age' your rice, put it inside the refrigerator for 24 hours. This aging process will dehydrate your rice and will give you small rice grains after cooking that is stripped out of the superfluous water.

(2) HEAT -- When cooking Chinese fried rice, make sure that your heat is at its maximum to ensure that the rice gets cooked evenly and this further help in the dehydration process. You do not want your fried rice wet and sticky. You want them to be ready to jump at your face like Jackie Chan in Shanghai Noon.

(3) CHINESE COOKING SPIRIT -- When cooking, think of yourself as the Chinese chefs you see in Asian Food Channel or yes, even as Jackie Chan. Although this is not a secret any smart Chinese would teach you, believe me, this IS IT.


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INGREDIENTS

5 Ham Pieces, Chopped

1 Sausage, Sliced

2 Eggs, Beaten

2 Bowls Cold Rice, Cooked

2 Tbsp Green Peas

Cooking Oil

2 Tbsp Onions, Sliced

Salt and Pepper

Shrimp (optional)


STEP 1

(a) Prepare the onion, sausage and ham. Set this aside.

(b) Beat the eggs and set aside.


STEP 2

(a) Sauté the onion until it turns golden brown

(b) Throw in the sausage, ham and green peas with the onion and sauté for 5 minutes

(c) Set aside

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STEP 3

(a) Heat oil in pan and add the beaten egg

(b) Add the cooked rice and scramble with the egg for 5 minutes

(c) Add in the sauted onion, sausage, ham and green peas from Step 2

(d) Add salt and pepper for taste

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Similar way of making Chinese Fried Rice

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      Wow. Great recipe. Easy to make and in less time. Thanks for sharing.

    • mr-veg profile image

      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      I used to cook chinese fried rice on occassions and always was dissatisfied, think I never knew about aging of the rice, thanks for the tip, I will again give it a go this weekend and see how it turns up !!

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      Rachelle Williams 6 years ago from Tempe, AZ

      Oh wow, I never knew about "aged rice."

      The food looks delicious, and I am now officially hungry.

      Great Hub!

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      quilt827 6 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Love fried rice but know I could improve my methods. Thanks for the tutorial !

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      family2010 6 years ago

      Hey, thanks a lot, I guess I will give it a try tonight

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      Frannie Dee 6 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb

      Can't wait to try this one. Up and useful!

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      Clara Kish 6 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

      This rice looks beautiful and It makes me wish I had some right now,Unfortunately my son does not like rice but I will have some one day when other members of the family can be here, Thanks for sharing.

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      Rehana Stormme 6 years ago

      Looks absolutely yummy!!! You're great at laying out the instructions in such an understandable manner. The pictures are just gorgeous. And as usual, the video makes the hub all the more perfect! Voted up and awesome!

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      loveluda 6 years ago

      testy