Thursday, August 2, 2012


Being from the Philippines, I love rice meals! One of my favorites is the famous “Yang Chow Fried Rice” also known as “Yangzhou chao fan” in mainland China. This delicious dish is a meal in itself. It is usually cooked in a wok and can be found in Chinese restaurants all around China and the Philippines. It is also gaining widespread popularity in other parts of the world such as the Americas, Australia and the UK.

Yangzhou Fried Rice at the Crowne Plaza Hefei
This incredible dish can be cooked in several ways but the main ingredients are cooked rice, barbecued pork, cooked shrimp, spring onions/ green onions and egg yolks. The barbecued pork gives the rice its distinct sweet flavor. You can also add peas, carrots and corn. Some restaurants also add small pieces of chopped chicken. I like to eat my rice with a little bit of chili sauce to add a kick to it. I sometimes put a little “Lao Gan Ma”, a condiment from Guizhou province made of soybeans and dried chili flakes in peanut oil. This sauce goes with other Chinese dishes as well like noodles, dumplings, and soups. 

Lao Gan Ma chili sauce adds flavor to rice 
& can be found at Chinese grocery stores.

Here are some links to some great Yang Chow Fried Rice recipes: