Yang Chow Fried Rice recipe is a popular Chinese-style wok fried rice dish with shrimp, Chinese sausage and chopped vegetables. Because of it’s popularity all over the world, there are many variations of this fried rice. Com Chien, a Vietnamese Fried Rice is a variation of the Yang Chow Fried Rice. Pork or chicken can be use instead of shrimp or eliminate all the meat for a Vegetarian Fried Rice.
I love fried rice since it can be a meal on its own. Make it simple using basic ingredients like scrambled egg and some vegetables or cook the Filipino garlic fried rice called sinangag. During our weekly trip to the Asian market, surrounded by different Asian restaurants, Vietnamese cuisine is one of our favorite. Our usual orders are Vietnamese Pho, Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls, their version of this fried rice, Vietnamese Grilled Pork with Noodles and Beans and Agar Agar with Coconut Milk dessert. Those are all scrumptious and very filling.
Tips in Cooking Fried Rice
- It is best to use day old rice that has been in the fridge. Refrigerated rice helps draw moisture out of the rice.
- Before making fried rice, break up the rice with a kitchen utensil or with your hands. Don’t worry if rice is dry, it will be fine once stir fried and mixed with the ingredients. It is better to have a dry rice than a soggy or mushy rice.
- Don't put too much oil. One thing to note, Chinese sausage is quite oily when cooked.
- The size of the shrimp doesn't matter, but I always use medium or large shrimp. You will notice my shrimps are twirling. This step is optional but I like the effect it creates. Cut the shrimp in half but not fully and devein. This is how my mom prepared shrimp on most of her cooking and I have adapted it myself. During family gatherings or potlucks, people can recognize what we made as the twirling shrimp became our signature.
- Cut the vegetables evenly for an appealing and appetizing dish.
- One thing I have changed in my cooking, I use less soy sauce and added fish sauce. I prefer my dish lighter in color plus fish sauce adds more flavor. In this recipe, if you don't care for fish sauce, replace it with soy sauce.
How to Make Yang Chow Fried Rice
Watch my video to see how I make this delicious Yang Chow Fried Rice. Make it today. Magluto na tayo! (Let's Cook.)
Yang Chow Fried Rice Recipe
- 5 cups refrigerated cooked rice (preferably a day old)
- 4 tablespoons oil
- 2 eggs beaten
- 4 pieces Chinese sausage diced
- 2 small sized carrots diced
- 1 small onion peeled and chopped
- 6 cloves garlic peeled and minced
- 15 large shrimp peeled, cut in half and deveined
- ½ cup sweet peas (can or frozen)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 long stalk of green onion chopped
- salt or fish sauce and ground black pepper to taste
- Prepare cooked rice by breaking up rice clumps.
- Heat oil over medium heat.
- Cook beaten eggs. Remove from pan. Cut into narrow short strips. Set aside.
- Stir fry Chinese sausage for 2 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
- Stir fry shrimp until color turns pink. Remove from pan and set aside.
- Add carrots and stir fry for 2 minutes.
- Toss-in onion and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes or until golden.
- Stir-in fish sauce.
- Toss-in rice and stir fry for 5 minutes. Mix well.
- Add ground black pepper and soy sauce. Mix.
- Blend well and add cooked Chinese sausage, shrimp and eggs. Stir fry for 3 minutes.
- Toss-in sweet peas and mix.
- Season with salt or fish sauce to taste.
- Garnish with green onions. Serve hot.
- Use rice that has been in the fridge. Don't use rice that was just cooked.
- Pork or chicken can be used instead of shrimp.
- Eliminate all meat, if you prefer a Vegetarian Fried Rice.
- Another way to cook the eggs, is to add it last over rice and mix well. I still prefer cooking the eggs separately.