Yangzhou Fried Rice
Chinese name: 扬州炒饭 (yáng zhōu chǎo fàn)
Yangzhou Fried Rice, also named Yeung Chow Fried Rice, is a simple homemade dish, made from cold cooked rice and various ingredients, such as sausage, lettuce and green peas.
It is so named because its origin can be dated back to Yangzhou, where it is said fried rice started to be widely popular.
Recipe of Cooking Yangzhou Fried Rice
1 bowl of cold cooked rice (pre-cooked half to one day in advance would be better)
cooking oil; salt; yellow rice wine
Note: The amount of ingredients and seasonings above can be adjusted according to one's personal taste.
1. Crack two eggs into a bowl. Add a little salt and beat it up.
2. Peel, clean and cut the lettuce into 4mm3 dices.
3. Cut the sausage into 2mm * 4mm * 4mm cubes.
4. Boil the chicken breast beforehand. Let it cool. Then cut into 4mm3 dices.
5. Soak the flower mushroom in warm water for 1-2 hours. Drain off water and cut into 4mm3 dices.
6. Boil the shrimps and dice finely.
Poach the green peas in boiling water for 5-10 minutes.
Stir-fry the shrimps: Preheat a wok. Add cooking oil and heat until 150 C (300 F). Add the shrimps, and stir-fry for 10-20 seconds. Remove and drain off the oil.
Fry the fixings / other ingredients: Heat the cooking oil. Add in diced chicken, flower mushroom, lettuce, chopped sausage and the poached green peas and fry for half a minute. Then pour in some yellow rice wine and add salt. Fry for 2-3 minutes and turn off the heat. Remove from the pan.
Fry the egg: Place the wok over medium heat. Pour in cooking oil and heat it. When the temperature reaches 150 C (300 F), add in the beaten egg and fry for about 1 minute until both sides turn golden. Cut it into small chunks with cooking spatula.
Add in rice and stir well to make all rice scattered in the wok. Fry for about 2 minutes. Then add in fried shrimps. Stir well to combine.
All the other ingredients prepared in Step 3. Stir-fry for another 1-2 minutes and mix well. Add some salt. Turn off the heat and serve on a nice plate.
The Yangzhou Fried Rice is cooked. Sprinkle some chopped green onion as garnish, which also improves the flavor. Your appetite will be improved at a glance of the nice color combination.
Origin of Yangzhou Fried Rice
- A small tour group including Mr. Robert and Mr. Douglas from Australia, Mr. George and Ms. Alba from USA, Mr. Michael and Ms. Lesley from UK, and other guests from Netherlands, France, Philippines, Myanmar and Japan joined our cooking class during their tour in China. They learnt to cook Yangzhou Fried Rice and Chinese vegetable dishes like Ma Po Tofu. They were beyond happy for this visit because they learnt how to prepare some classic Chinese dishes at home.
Mr. Hal, Ms. Marlene & Ms. Annette from UK paid a special family visit to a local Xi'an family arranged by our company. They said they had ever eaten fried rice and liked it a lot during their last China trip, so they especially booked this tour in the hope of learning to cook the well-known Yangzhou Fried Rice from the Chinese hostess on spot.
- Ms. Rajada and Mr. Shaun from Thailand, and Mr. Gerald from USA joined TravelChinaGuide's family tour in Xi'an and learned to cook Yangzhou Fried Rice & Eggplant in Sichuan Style. They highly favored it and commented in their feedback:"...It was nice to meet you in Xi'an and thank you for sending the photo taken at the home of the host for our home cooked meal. It was such a memorable moment and the highlight of our tour in China. The host was gracious and the dishes were excellent. My son and I enjoyed learning a few tricks of cooking from her, and even I bought some delicious cooking sauce from China to cook my dishes at home with Mr. Yuan's help. All in all, the arrangements of the trip you planned for us had given us much value for the money..."See details at Ms. Rajada's feedback
More Staple Food and Snacks in China:
Noodles with Tomato Egg Sauce