You haven't had great fried rice until you've tried this authentic Chinese fried rice recipe made with just a few fresh ingredients and no soy sauce. It's the absolute best!
I always thought of fried rice as that brown, hard-grained, oily, super salty stuff you get at most Chinese restaurants. I discovered this ham and egg fried rice recipe in a Chinese cookbook and was stunned by the deliciousness - something wonderful and entirely different from any fried rice I'd ever tried.
Here's why this simple fried rice with no soy sauce is so good:
- Firstly, the rice is rinsed which gives it a wonderful chewy texture and a clean delicious taste so the flavors of all the other ingredients can shine through, including the great flavor of the peanut oil used to stir fry the rice.
- Secondly, the harmony of flavors in this fried rice is simple but spectacular. Chopped scallions, sweet ham, peas and scrambled eggs are folded in with the fluffy, lightly salted rice. Each ingredient imparts its unique and delicious flavor, texture and color to this simple wonderful dish.
How To Make Chinese Ham and Egg Fried Rice
Rinse and drain the rice several times. This is a key step in this recipe. It gives the rice a great taste and texture. Cook the rice according to package directions and cool completely. The rice can be prepared the day before. In fact this dish is best made with chilled cooked rice. Once the rice cooked this dish comes together in 15 minutes or less.
Set out all of the ingredients in small bowls near your frying pan or wok for easy access when stir frying.
Start by scrambling the eggs in a little peanut oil. Set them aside.
Next stir fry the rice, tossing and separating the grains. Add the ham, peas and salt and finally add the cooked eggs and scallions. Toss for 20 seconds or so until everything is hot and your dish is ready to go.
I adapted this recipe from a wonderful cookbook called The Modern Art of Chinese Cooking by Barbara Tropp. The book is filled with tempting Chinese recipes, some extremely complicated with exotic ingredients.
I was attracted to this one because of its simplicity and quite frankly because I was surprised and a little skeptical that fried rice with no soy sauce could be good. Boy was I pleasantly surprised. It is so good!
If you're a fan of delicious hearty rice dishes, here are a few more favorites from Panning The Globe:
Ham and egg Chinese fried rice is a great side dish with simple grilled or broiled fish, meat or chicken. Or a big bowl of this fried rice makes a delicious satisfying main dish. This recipe makes enough for 4-6 as a side dish or 2-3 as a main.
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