Cantonese fried rice

Cantonese fried rice

December 19, 2021

Traditional Chinese cuisine delights again.

Cantonese fried rice is popular Chinese rice that is cooked today in all parts of the world. This recipe originated in the city of Yangzhou in Jiangsu Province but very quickly reached the popularity it has today and spread around the world. You can make this dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, it is perfect for a snack at work, and you can also eat it cold. It is practically cooked rice with lots of vegetables and meat of your choice. Once Cantonese fried rice has cooled, you can keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days. Also, there are lots of variations of this recipe that we’ll touch on a little later. You can prepare it for vegans and/or vegetarians, people intolerant to gluten, and it can be eaten by smaller children.

Cantonese fried rice can be prepared with a lot of ingredients. Some of them are classic, but we also prepare ingredients for all those who are tired of the “classic”. In addition to being very tasty, Cantonese fried rice is very nutritious and will satisfy all your daily nutritional needs.

Ingredients needed to prepare Cantonese fried rice

All the ingredients used to prepare this delicious and quick dish are easily available.

What is on the list is enough for 4 people:

Jasmine rice (about 4 cups filled to the top)

1 cup peeled shrimp


1 cup diced pork

1 cup diced chicken breast

2 medium carrots

1 can of peas

2 shiitake mushrooms

1 onion

2 young onions

2 eggs

A bit of salt

A little pepper

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 tablespoon soy sauce

Peel shrimp, chicken, and pork and cut into cubes. After you have done that, be sure to wash the cutting board so as not to create a base for bacteria. In order for Cantonese fried rice to be perfect, the vegetables need to be washed, peeled (carrots), and cut into rings. These vegetables are easily exchanged for something else. Feel free to manipulate the recipe at will! Drain a can of peas – a perfect substitute for cans is fresh peas or frozen. Prepare all the ingredients at your fingertips … and off we go!

Preparation of Cantonese fried rice

It is best to use Jasmine rice to prepare Cantonese fried rice. This rice is better because it is long grain and has a sweet taste and smell, which is why it got its name – jasmine. Basmati rice is often used as a substitute, so if you don’t have Jasmine, feel free to take basmati. You can cook it the day before. That way your Cantonese fried rice will be tastier because there is no water retained in it, so it will not be sticky. If you haven’t done so, you’ll now cook it in a 2: 1 ratio of water and rice, about 12 minutes. When the rice is cooked, strain it and leave it to cool. Meanwhile, simmer the vegetables in another pan. Saute firstly meat (shrimp/chicken, pork) in a tablespoon of vegetable oil. When the meat is almost done, add the onions, carrots, mushrooms, spring onions, and finally the peas. Stir it all. Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes to simmer all the vegetables. Finally, add the drained Jasmine rice. When everything is mixed, add a tablespoon of soy sauce, salt, and pepper as desired. Finally, you need to bake 2 eggs. Break the egg on the pan and make scrambled eggs. When they are done, pour them into a wok pan with vegetables, meat, and Jasmine rice. Voila, Cantonese fried rice is over.

Variations and manipulations of Cantonese fried rice recipes

If you are already at home and you don’t want to go to the store to buy meat, there is no need to worry. You can always use what you already have in the fridge. It can be turkey or chicken salami cut into cubes, sausages, bacon, or similar dried meat. If you don’t really have any meat suitable for Cantonese fried rice, you can always make a vegan/vegetarian option. Add all the vegetables you have and love. Also, consider adding chickpeas or beans – the perfect source of fiber and will fit very nicely into your Cantonese fried rice. In addition to legumes, peppers and garlic (which you can put a lot of) will go very well together. As for the sauce, Tamari is gluten-free, soy sauce is a good substitute, and you can also use hot chili sauce. We know there are hot-chili fans among you.

 In case you didn’t eat everything, you can always keep it in the fridge for a few days. You can carry it to work or eat it the next day for breakfast, as it is. If this is not your option – you can always repurpose Cantonese fried rice! What is very tasty is often very simple – just like Cantonese fried rice leftovers. Beat two or three eggs with salt and pepper. In a wok pan, heat the Cantonese fried rice leftovers and set the dish aside. In that same wok pan pour 2 or 3 scrambled eggs and let the crust form. Add Cantonese fried rice leftovers to it and fold with the other end of the omelet. Here it is, you just cooked the perfect Cantonese fried rice omelet for a good start to the day. Good appetite!

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