Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Yang Chow Fried Rice

The Yang Chow fried rice was invented by Yi Bingshou (1754 - 1815) during the Qing dynasty in China. The dish is given such a name as Yi was once the regional magistrate of the city of Yangzhou. Though there are many versions of the Yang Chow fried rice, but the staple items are cooked rice (which is preferably one day old rice), cooked shrimp, spring onions, fresh vegetable (peas, corn, carrots, bamboo shoots) and eggs. Many people add ham or char siew pork to their Yang Chow fried rice.

Below is my salicylate-tolerable-version of the Yang Chow fried rice.


1. 4 cups of cooked white rice (cooked, kept in freezer overnight and thawed the next day)
2. 2 large eggs (beaten)
3. 200gm of fish cake (for recipe, click on LINK) (cut into small pieces)
4. 200gm of prawns (cut into small pieces and seasoned with sea-salt and some sunflower oil)
5. 1/2 bulb of garlic (sliced into thin pieces)
6. 2 carrots (cut into cubes)
7. 1 cup of green peas
I bought a packet of dried garden peas from the organic shop. I had to soak it for about 18 hours to get it to soften. And then I had to boil it for 2 hours. But they were yummy. 
8. 2 stalks of spring onion (chopped into fine pieces)
9. Sea-salt
10. Sunflower oil


1. Heat a wok.

2. Add three tablespoons of sunflower oil into heated wok.

3. Once oil is heated, add the sliced garlic and stir fry until it is slightly browned.

4. Add the fish cake, carrots and peas and stir fry until carrots and peas soften slightly.

5. Add the prawns and fry until throughly cooked.

6. Add the rice and some sea-salt. Mix everything thoroughly

7. Pour the beaten eggs over the rice.

8. Stir fry until eggs are cooked and well blended with the fried rice.

9. Add the spring onions and stir for another 2 minutes.

10. Scoop onto serving dish.

11. Serve warm.

Bon appétit!