Lazy house chow fan.

I find chow fan (Chinese fried rice) to be a most boring of dishes. Maybe it’s the Asian in me that feels like it’s a bit of a cop-out kind of dish: It’s something you throw together with whatever you can find for a meal because you don’t have the time or want to make the effort. Everything will taste great together in fried rice. Fresh ingredients not required. In fact, it’s the best way to get rid of left-overs. (Perhaps that’s why I always stay away from fried rice dishes at Chinese restaurants.) I guess it at least makes for a decent packed-lunch when reheated the next day.

Here’s my Lazy House Chow Fan:

My house fried rice

Recipe follows.


Lazy House Chow Fan – Recipe


2 cups (or more) Left over rice

Left over char siew (Chinese barbeque pork), chopped

1-2 tomatos, seeded and chopped

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 egg, scrambled and chopped into strips

2 scallions, chopped

Soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, what ever kind of dark Asian sauce you like, really.

A touch of sesame oil


1. In a pan, fry left over rice with the soy sauce and sesame oil for about 10 minutes, until rice is soft and takes on the color of your soy sauce.

2. Add beaten egg to the rice, mix and fry until no longer liquidy. 

3. Add chopped char siew and fry another 5 minutes or so.

4. Throw in tomatos, egg, and chopped scallions, fry for another minute. Serve.

Yup, it’s that simple. The ingredients are totally flexible – you can always throw in more or less of the ingredients to your taste, or add whatever else you like to the mix. Substitute char siew for other meats of your choice like chicken, or tofu. Super simple.


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