Cantonese Fried Rice

A quick Chinese recipe, using common easy-to-get ingredients. You can experiment with different kinds of vegetables (carrots, cabbage, mushrooms are all perfect add-ons or substitutes) and meat…

Ingredients (for 2)

  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1/4 cup cubed ham
  • 2 tbsp peanut oil
  • 1/4 onion
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • rock salt



  • Heat the water in a large saucepan and bring it to a boil
  • Add the rice and stir frequently until almost cooked (1-2 minutes short of full cooking time)
  • In the meantime, boil the peas in salted water for 10 minutes, or alternatively gently heat them in a saucepan with olive oil, adding hot water a little at a time until crisp (you can skip this step if you have canned peas)
  • While the rice and the peas are cooking, chop the onions, cut the ham into cubes (or small squares) and beat the eggs
  • Heat olive oil in a large pan or wok, add the eggs and cook for 2 minutes until firm (stir frequently, eggs have to be scrambled)
  • Drain the rice and the peas and add them to the scrambled eggs
  • Add ham, onion and soy sauce
  • Stir fry at high heat for 2 minutes
  • For added flavor you can add sesame seeds before serving


Best Served With

While a main course in its own right, it will frequently accompany other meat-based traditional Chinese courses