Fanny Chu's Chahan Fried Rice 

Fanny's Recipe for the all-time classic fried rice dish

Fried Rice チャーハン (Chahan) is a delicious Chinese dish that is also very popular in Japan. With the aroma of sesame seeds, minced garlic, and green onions (scallions), it brings a new life to your overnight cooked rice within 5-10 minutes of cooking time! BBQ Pork is a great choice in fried rice, but feel free to use ham, chicken, or shrimp. (Read How To Cook Fried Rice Tips at the foot of the article). 

Ingredients List (Servings: 1-2)

Fried Rice:

  • 1/2 pound BBQ Pork, ham, chicken, or shrimp. (diced)
  • 2 stalks green onion (separate white from green parts)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • a pinch of sesame seeds
  • 1 egg
  • 1-2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • a pinch of black pepper
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

Cooking Tools:

  • Non-stick pan with lid
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Spatula (wood or silicon)




  • Make sure the rice grain is separated before combining with other ingredients. 
  • If rice was refrigerated overnight, bring them back to room temperature by leaving it out 1 hour before hand or simply microwave (for 30 seconds to a minute) it before cooking.
  • Avoid using a metal spatula! Or else you will scratch your pan!
  • Maintain heating to medium or medium-low. Cooking minced garlic is easily burn in the beginning.

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About the Author

Fanny Chu is a lady after our own heart, with a serious passion for Japanese food and Japan's food culture. Check out her excellent Japanese Foodie blog at Thanks Fanny for letting us use your stories and recipes. Next time you are in town, the ramen is on us!