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How to Make Fried Rice


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What You'll Need to Make Fried Rice
Fried Rice
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The classic Chinese comfort dish, it's believed that fried rice (Chao Fan) originated in the city of Yangzhou in eastern Jiangsu province. Made with barbecued pork, shrimp and spring onions, Yangzhou Fried Rice is still the standard by which all other fried rice dishes are judged. But you don't need to follow a special recipe to enjoy fried rice - it's a great way to use up leftovers.

This basic fried rice recipe makes a nice alternative to steamed rice as a side dish, or you can turn it into a main meal by adding meat/seafood and vegetables. (If you are adding other ingredients, increase the number of eggs to three).

Basic Fried Rice Ingredients

  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons oil for stir-frying, or as needed
  • 4 cups previously cooked rice, at least 1 day old
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons light soy sauce or oyster sauce as desired (see Add the Seasonings for more suggestions)

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