Yang Zhou Fried Rice

Yangzhou Fried Rice, a well-liked and sought-after Zi Char dish, is a classic Chinese fried rice that hails from the city of Yangzhou. This flavorful and colorful fried rice is a delightful blend of fragrant jasmine rice stir-fried with an array of ingredients such as eggs, ham, shrimp, peas, carrots, and scallions. The combination of savory and sweet flavors, along with the appealing visual presentation, makes Yangzhou Fried Rice a favorite choice among diners seeking a delicious and satisfying addition to their Zi Char dining experience. The versatility of this dish allows chefs to customize it with various ingredients, resulting in a delightful harmony of tastes and textures that keeps diners coming back for more.

Why Do People Love Yang Zhou Fried Rice:

People love Yang Zhou Fried Rice because of its delicious combination of flavours and textures. The dish typically includes ingredients like diced pork, shrimp, eggs, green onions, and peas, all stir-fried together with cooked rice. The savoury taste of the meat, the delicate sweetness of the shrimp, and the slight crunch of the vegetables create a delightful medley of flavours in every bite. Additionally, the fluffy and slightly charred texture of the rice adds an enjoyable contrast, making it a satisfying and comforting dish to eat.

Moreover, Yang Zhou Fried Rice is incredibly versatile and customizable. People can add their favourite ingredients or adjust the seasonings to suit their preferences. It can be made spicy or mild, depending on individual tastes.

Making Yang Zhou Fried Rice Yourself

making Yang Zhou Fried Rice yourself

If you’re making this dish yourself, here’s a recipe that you can try out.


  • 3 cups of cooked jasmine rice
  • 150 grams of peeled shrimp
  • 100 grams of boneless chicken, diced
  • 50 grams of cooked ham, diced
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup of diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup of diced bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup of frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of white pepper
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4

How To Cook Yang Zhou Fried Rice

Step 1

Heat one tablespoon of vegetable oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium heat. Add the beaten eggs and scramble them until they are lightly cooked. Remove the scrambled eggs from the pan and set them aside.

Step 2

In the same pan, add another tablespoon of vegetable oil and heat it up. Stir-fry the shrimp, chicken, and ham for 2-3 minutes until they are cooked through. Remove the cooked meat from the pan and set it aside.

Step 3

Add the diced carrots, bell peppers, and frozen peas to the pan. Stir-fry the vegetables for 2-3 minutes until they are slightly tender.

Step 4

Push the vegetables to one side of the pan and add the cooked jasmine rice to the other side. Break up any clumps of rice with a spatula and stir-fry it for a few minutes.

Step 5

Combine the vegetables and rice in the pan. Add the soy sauce, oyster sauce, salt, and white pepper. Mix everything together until the sauce is evenly distributed.

Step 6

Return the cooked eggs, shrimp, chicken, and ham to the pan. Stir-fry everything for another minute to heat it through.

Step 7

Remove the pan from heat and sprinkle the chopped spring onions and sesame oil over the fried rice. Toss everything together gently.

Step 8

Serve the Yang Zhou Fried Rice hot and enjoy its delightful flavours.

Serving Yang Zhou Fried Rice With Other Dishes

Yang Zhou Fried Rice can be served together with a variety of dishes, such as sweet and sour chicken, crispy honey walnut shrimp, or stir-fried vegetables. The savoury flavours and rich textures of the fried rice complement these dishes, creating a satisfying and balanced meal.

Nutritional/Health Benefits

  1. Protein: The dish often contains eggs, shrimp, and ham, providing essential amino acids for various bodily functions and muscle repair.
  2. Vitamins and Minerals: Yangzhou Fried Rice typically includes vegetables like peas and carrots, providing vitamins A, C, and K, as well as minerals like potassium and manganese, supporting immune function, bone health, and overall well-being.
  3. Healthy Fats: The dish may contain healthy fats from the eggs and shrimp, contributing to heart health and nutrient absorption.
  4. Carbohydrates: Yangzhou Fried Rice offers a source of carbohydrates from the jasmine rice, providing energy for daily activities and bodily functions.
  5. Fiber: Depending on the ingredients used, the dish may include vegetables or whole grains, providing dietary fiber for healthy digestion.
  6. B Vitamins: The dish typically contains B vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin, essential for energy production and metabolism.
  7. Minerals: Yangzhou Fried Rice can provide various minerals like iron, zinc, and calcium from the ingredients, supporting blood health and bone strength.
  8. Flavorful and Colorful: The diverse ingredients in the dish create a colorful and flavorful combination, making it a visually appealing and enjoyable meal.
  9. Customizable: Chefs can adjust the ingredients to suit different dietary preferences and nutritional needs, making it a versatile and nourishing dish.

Visit Lao Li Da Pai Dang For An Authentic Zi Char Experience

The above recipe is just one of the many ways to making this dish. 

If you’re looking to enjoy delicious Yangzhou Fried Rice without all the hassle and preparation time, while discovering a unique version that our customers can’t get enough of, then come on down to our restaurant for an enjoyous dine-in or takeaway, and experience it for yourself, only at Lao Li Da Pai Dang!

Whether you’re in the mood for this, or wish to explore other dishes, our extensive zi char menu promises to delight at every turn. At Lao Li Da Pai Dang, the warm and inviting ambience, coupled with attentive service, creates a family-friendly and inclusive atmosphere that only adds to the enjoyment whenever you visit and dine with us. 

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