Fried rice is so easy to make. The total cook time should take you 15-20 minutes, but make sure you use rice that was cooked the day before and stored in the fridge overnight! If you haven’t planned that far ahead, then try preparing the rice a few hours earlier before cooking. Using freshly cooked rice will likely result in a mushy texture due to the moisture in the grain.
As for the meat, you can use storebought Char Siu Pork or make it at home using my recipe. You’ll be surprised by how straightforward the method is! I also use Chinese sausage, which you can find at any Asian supermarket. If you have neither of these available, substitute with your favourite protein! I’m sure it will be yummy too.
WATCH VIDEO: if you’re more of a visual learner, watch me make this dish here.
Chinese Fried Rice (Char Siu Pork and Chinese Sausage)
- 2 cups Jasmine rice (cooked from the day before)
- 1 teaspoon Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 tablespoon Sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon Oyster sauce
- 100 grams Char siu diced into small cubes
- 2-3 Chinese sausages diced into small cubes
- 4 Eggs
- Spring onion
- Ground white pepper
Prepare the day before
- Cook your rice the day before for the best outcome. Using day-old rice is better because it has less moisture than freshly-cooked rice, which can result in a mushy-texture when you cook it through egg etc. Alternatively, prepare the rice a few hours before and leave it in the fridge, so the rice grains can freeze up and solidify.
- To cook your rice, add 1:1¼ rice:water ratio to your rice cooker. For 1 cup of rice, add 1¼ cups of water. So if you're cooking 2 cups of rice, that's 2.5 cups of water. When done, use a spatula to fluff up the rice and let it cool until it stops steaming. Then transfer it into the fridge. Leave overnight.
- When ready to make fried rice, season your cooked rice by adding salt, sugar and oyster sauce. Mix through and set aside.
- Make a thin egg omelette. In a bowl, 3 scramble eggs. In an oiled pan on medium heat, add the egg mix and swirl around the pan, so it is nice and thin. Remove from pan the and slice/dice into little pieces to add into your fried rice later.
- In a large pan or wok on medium heat, add oil and Chinese sausage. Be careful not to burn the sausage, they should cook very quickly. Pan fry for 1-2 minutes, then remove and set aside for later.
- Add minced garlic, frying for a minute or so. Add egg, scrambling it in the pan. Using your spatula, break it up into little egg pieces. Ensure the egg is mostly cooked before adding your rice, so it doesn't make the rice mushy!
- Add your seasoned rice. Mix around. After 5 minutes, add the Char Siu BBQ pork and Chinese sausage. Mix around. Add chopped spring onions. Add sliced egg pieces you prepared before. Mix around.
- Before serving, taste your fried rice & adjust your seasoning. If it needs more salt, add more or oyster sauce. If it's a little dry, add more sesame oil.
- Garnish with ground white pepper and leftover spring onion.