Special Fried Rice

Easy and yummy way to make your favorite take-away Chinese Special Fried Rice. You can also tweak the flavoring to your taste.



As I have mentioned before in previous posts, we are obsessed with rice in the Philippines. Why do I say so? Well, we just eat rice at least 3 times a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner. I say at least 3 times because more often than not – it may be 5 times. Yes, seriously!

Easy and yummy way to make your favorite take-away Chinese Special Fried Rice. | manilaspoon.com

The 4th maybe in the mid to late afternoon when you fancy a quick meal before dinner. Rice would then be cold as it’s usually the left-over from lunch or perhaps breakfast and at this stage it is called “bahaw.” Not many households have the luxury of having a microwave so people just eat the rice cold and by that I don’t mean chilled in the fridge but simply rice left at room temperature. The 5th chance to eat rice is after dinner as chances are your dessert is made from rice or at least includes rice as ingredient. This is not implausible as many of our native delicacies particularly the native sweets are also made from rice.

Easy and yummy way to make your favorite take-away Chinese Special Fried Rice. You can also tweak the flavoring to your taste. | Manilaspoon.com

As  you can imagine, with rice being served several times a day, we definitely have lots of left-overs so fried rice is often on the menu. Since I already made the Filipino version of Fried Rice called “Sinangag.” I thought I’ll attempt this time to make the Chinese favorite Special Fried Rice or at least our spin on it.

Easy and yummy way to make your favorite take-away Chinese Special Fried Rice. You can also tweak the flavoring to your taste. | Manilaspoon.com

It’s pretty easy to make and really tasty, too. The key is to use previously cooked and chilled rice. You cannot use a freshly cooked rice as that won’t work. I particularly prefer to use Basmati rice when I make fried rice as it’s not as sticky as other rice so the grains separate easily. But, feel free to use Jasmine rice or other types of rice, too. Provided they are chilled beforehand, they work perfectly fine, too as I have tried them previously as well. As with any quick stir-fries, make sure that you’ve got all the ingredients ready when you make this as everything goes fast when you start cooking and there’s no time to prepare the ingredients in between cooking. At any rate, there isn’t much to chop or prep anyway as most of the ingredients can be done ahead of time and you can also buy the ham diced already and this requires pre-cooked shrimp as well to make it even more convenient. Certainly, let the measurement be a guide so even if you have less than 6 cups of rice, simply adjust the seasonings to taste and you will be fine! Just follow your taste buds. Hope you try this!

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Special Fried Rice

By: Manila Spoon

March 12, 2016

Easy and yummy way to make your favorite take-away Chinese Special Fried Rice. You can also tweak the flavoring to your taste. | Manilaspoon.com

Easy and yummy way to make your favorite take-away Chinese Special Fried Rice. You can also tweak the flavoring to your taste.

Ingredients

  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 1 cup diced cooked thick-sliced ham
  • 1 cup cooked shrimp, shelled
  • 1 cup green Peas
  • 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Chinese Rice wine or dry Sherry (optional, if you don’t have it)
  • 2 Tablespoons, regular Oil
  • 6 cups cooked rice, chilled (preferably with grains already fluffed or separated – for convenience)
  • 3-4 Green Onions (Scallions), finely chopped
  • Salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Lightly beat the eggs and season with a little salt. Set aside.
  2. Heat the wok medium-high and add the sesame oil then stir-fry the shrimp, peas and ham for about a minute. Pour in the soy sauce and wine. Stir quickly and then transfer everything to a bowl.
  3. Heat the remaining oil in the wok then scramble the eggs gently. Add the chilled rice and stir often to ensure the grains separate.When the rice is  heated sufficiently add the chopped green onions and the shrimp, ham and peas including its sauce. Mix well and season with salt or a little more soy sauce according to taste. Garnish with fresh chopped green onions, if desired. Serve immediately with your favorite Asian viand.

Yield: 6-8 Servings
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cooking Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 15 Minutes

Easy and yummy way to make your favorite take-away Chinese Special Fried Rice. You can also tweak the flavoring to your taste. | Manilaspoon.com

24 Comments

  1. March 13, 2016 / 6:54 am

    OOH YUM! MADE rice tonight to go with meatloaf and always make extra for fried rice the next day. Momma in love (from Cebu) says to leave it out overnight which I have been doing now for about 20 years lol never have used the rice wine vinegar in it, and use a splash or sesame oil and also I use about 4 cloves of garlic (we love garlic). I will try your recipe as I am also making the pancit tomorrow. However, she remembers how her momma made it, so can be a bit critical about how it's supposed to look and taste like. But just showing it came from a native will help. Haha.

    • March 14, 2016 / 2:49 am

      Hope you like this version and that's rice wine by the way and not vinegar so hope there's no mix up. I also use a bit of Sesame oil though also a bit of the regular one so it's not too overpowering. Thanks Karen and please enjoy!

  2. March 13, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    You have made it look so easy to make this recipe. It looks comforting and filling

  3. March 13, 2016 / 11:07 pm

    Looooove fried rice and this looks amazing. I must make it very soon!!

  4. March 13, 2016 / 11:07 pm

    I could eat this fried rice every single day. I am particularly weak before fried rice…of any flavor.

  5. March 14, 2016 / 2:03 pm

    I love fried rice, and yours look wonderful! I love the addition of shrimp to this. Great work!

  6. March 14, 2016 / 5:24 pm

    Oh I love this rice! I've bookmarked it to try it!

  7. March 15, 2016 / 12:54 am

    This looks like a fabulous easy dinner that my kids will love.

  8. March 18, 2016 / 10:57 am

    I love fried rice and this version with shrimps looks so delicious! Will try this sometime soon.

  9. March 29, 2016 / 6:58 pm

    Perfect anytime of the day! Love it all!! Must try! xo

  10. March 29, 2016 / 8:26 pm

    Pretty sure I could eat this any time. Love fried rice any way I can get it

  11. March 29, 2016 / 10:17 pm

    I need to start making extra rice on purpose! This looks SO yummy!

  12. March 30, 2016 / 5:51 am

    I think I could enjoy this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

  13. March 31, 2016 / 1:22 pm

    Ooh I love shrimp in my fried rice 🙂

  14. March 31, 2016 / 4:09 pm

    I love shrimp fried rice. I always get that when I get take out.
    Gotta make some take out at home now!

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