Yeung Chow Fried Rice

yeung chow fried rice

If you’re looking for a new, different type of fried rice recipe then you’ve come to the right place. One of the best fried rice dishes I’ve ever made has to be yeung chow fried rice! It’s such an easy dish to make, and tastes absolutely delicious. 

What is yeung chow fried rice?

Yeung chow fried rice is a very popular dish that first originated in China. You can still easily find this dish in Chinese restaurants and takeaways. If they don’t have it listed as “Yeung Chow Fried Rice”, it could be displayed as “special fried rice” in the UK. If you want to learn more about the history of Fried rice, then click here

Besides rice, my yeung chow fried rice also has scrambled pieces of egg, chopped onion slices, small, chicken, char siu (Chinese BBQ pork) and small shrimps. I also like to add some light soy sauce to the dish, as it adds some extra flavouring. I also often top my fried rice with sesame seeds.

Alternative ingredients:

As I said before, fried rice is usually made using leftover ingredients found in your fridge. So if you happen to have any other leftover meat or vegetables, you can easily add them in. I sometimes add some carrots, peas or spring onions depending on what I have lying around.

Why I like this dish this fried rice recipe:

Whilst living at boarding school, I had a Chinese takeaway not too far from me. My friends and I loved going there – we ended up going there at least once a week, and there were only two dishes I bought there: Yeung chow fried rice or Chinese BBQ spare ribs

Even though I have some good experiences buying the yeung chow fried rice at the Chinese takeaway, nothing can really beat homemade food. I love making fried rice at home – it’s quick, easy and so much cheaper than buying from a takeaway or eating out all the time. 

The recipe listed below assumes that you have leftover chicken and char siu in your fridge. Find the char siu recipe here.

Is yeung chow fried rice healthy?

Yeung chow fried rice is a great dish to make when you’re short on time. It’s the perfect comfort food and is a healthier meal option. To make it even healthier, you can substitute the white rice for brown rice. 

How to store fried rice? 

When making fried rice, you’ll want to use day-old fried rice because it makes it less sticky and easier to fry. I like to make fried rice in large batches and then save them for later. To store, you can refrigerate the fried rice in airtight containers for 2-3 days. You can also freeze fried rice – to reheat, simply fry the rice again for 5 minutes or microwave them. 

Hints and Tips:

  • The Fried Rice will taste better with day old rice. It makes the rice less sticky and perfect for frying. 

  • Remember, there are many variations of fried rice recipes. You don’t need to follow any recipe exactly – you can adjust them based on your own experiences and ingredients available.

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Yeung Chow Fried Rice

Recipe by Yvonne


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  • 1 cup of leftover rice

  • 50g (leftover) chicken

  • 50g (leftover) char siu

  • 50g prawns

  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 large onion

  • 2 tbsp oil


  • Preparation
  • Crack and whisk the eggs.
  • Peel and cube the onion.
  • Slice the chicken, char siu into 1cm pieces.
  • Defrost the shrimps if required.
  • Cooking
  • Heat up a frying pan with oil and scramble the eggs.
  • Place the scrambled eggs on another plate.
  • Add the onion cubes and prawns into the frying pan and cook for 3-5 minutes or until cooked.
  • Add the scramble eggs back into the frying pan.
  • Add the chicken, char siu and leftover rice to the frying pan.
  • Add the light soy sauce and mix thoroughly. Enjoy 🙂


  • Optional: add some sesame seeds or Worcestershire sauce to taste.

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