I can’t really recall the reason, but this dish Yangzhou Fried Rice had been, for a long time, a signature dish of my Mom for wishing me good luck.
I clearly remember that the day when I took the National College Entrance Examination (全国统一高考), THE exam in China that to qualify a student to enter the university, she woke up early to prepare me this dish for breakfast.
“There are rice, eggs, and shrimps inside, which will give you lot of energy during the exam!”
There were also countless times when we farewell each other, for example when I left for boarding school, left for study abroad, left for another city for work, etc, she would cook me this fried rice dish the morning when I needed to take off as her way of saying “See you, and all the best!”
Now as a Mom myself, I also enjoy preparing this dish to my kid, also to my Mom while she is visiting. And I am so proud that now I make this dish a better and more tasty way than hers!
👩🍳: “Mom, I know how to make the rice not sticky together! Mix the egg together with the rice before frying them!”
👵: “Ah!!! Now you are a better chef than me!”
- Cooked rice (left overnight. I’ve added some farro.)
- Green beans
- Cut the carrot into small cubes. Boil the green beans. Boil then cut the shrimps into small bite size. All for later use.
- Separate the egg yolk and the white. Mix the yolk with the rice so that rice is wrapped with yolk.
- Heat the oil in a pan, then pour the egg white to make scramble egg white. Take it out when it is done.
- In the same pan (add in some extra oil if needed), put the carrot cubes and saute for 1 minute. When they become soft, add in the green beans and shrimps.
- Add the rice into the pan and fry everything together, until the yolk outside the rice turn golden color.
- Put back the cooked egg white and mix it well with other ingredient.
- Add in salt and pepper according to your preferences. Garnish some chopped green onion while serving (optional).
Because each ingredient is in a bit-able size, and the rice is wrapped with egg, you eat a little bit of everything in each bite. It makes a good kids food, especially to those picky ones.