This Char Siu Fried Rice should become a staple in your kitchen because it’s incredibly easy and quick to make (less than 20 minutes). I always make it whenever I have leftover Char Siu Pork.

Give it a try, and you’ll love it just as much as I do.

Char Siu Fried Rice (Chinese BBQ Pork Fried Rice)

Char Siu Fried Rice

In Vietnamese households, fried rice (and spring rolls) is a great way to clean out the fridge. All you need are leftover cooked rice from yesterday, any kind of protein, and any kind of vegetables.

During hard times in Vietnam, fried rice was a common breakfast for many families. My dad said that every morning, they would have fried rice made from just rice and lard. Now, even though we could enjoy fancier foods like Phở, Bún Bò Huế, Bánh Mì, or Cơm Tấm for breakfast, we never forget those tough times.

Char Siu Fried Rice (Chinese BBQ Pork Fried Rice)

In Germany, I always make a big batch of Char Siu at home and end up with quite a lot. Char Siu goes great with steamed jasmine rice, sticky rice (like my instant pot sticky rice), or even as a filling for Banh Mi baguette.

Char Siu fried rice is my go-to recipe for the last bits of leftover BBQ pork in my fridge. The crispy fried rice with savory, flavorful pork is always a hit.

Ingredients

  • Cooked white rice: Cold or leftover white rice (jasmine rice, basmati rice) is preferred.
  • Char siu pork: Sometimes, I go with char siu pork chops, which are even easier to make than the traditional version.
  • Onions, scallions, and garlic: All are popular aromatic herbs in Asian cuisine.
  • Eggs: add richness and texture.
  • Canned green beans and carrots: To save time on cooking.
  • Soy sauce & dark soy sauce: For flavor and color.
  • Sesame oil: for more flavor.

Instructions

1

PREPARE THE INGREDIENTS

  • Dice the BBQ pork and onions, and finely chop the garlic and scallions.
  • Drain the canned beans and carrots.
  • Combine the soy sauce and dark soy sauce.
  • Mix the rice with cooking oil (use 1/2 tbsp cooking oil for every 3 cups cooked rice).
2

COOK & SERVE

  • In a pan, heat some cooking oil and sauté the onion and garlic until fragrant.
  • Add the pork, beans, and carrots, and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes over high heat to heat them through.
  • Add the rice, drizzle the sauce, and stir-fry over high heat to combine everything.
  • Put everything aside in a corner of the pan. Add the beaten egg and lightly scramble. Toss everything together until the rice dries out and crisps up. Season one last time with soy sauce and sesame oil.
  • Serve the fried rice hot.
Stir fry the onion with pork.
a pan of diced char siu pork, onion and vegetables to make fried rice.
a pan of diced char siu pork, onion, vegetables and rice.
add eggs to the pan of diced char siu pork, onion, vegetables and rice.

Helpful Tips

Char Siu Fried Rice (Chinese BBQ Pork Fried Rice)
  • Other add-ins: The essential ingredients are BBQ Pork, cooked rice, soy sauce, and garlic. You can adjust other ingredients as desired, such as substituting vegetables with cooked edamame, canned corn, baby corn, or bean sprouts. Besides, you could incorporate more kinds of protein such as Chinese sausages, shrimp, or chicken.
  • Cook in small batches: Don’t overload your pan; aim to cook just one or two portions. This tip is also useful for making stir-fries, similar to how I prepared Vietnamese rice noodle salad with beef.
  • Use cold rice: Newly cooked rice could result in a mushy and soggy fried rice. Check out my instructions on how to cook rice for fried rice.
  • Freeze the rice to save time: If you want to save time, cook a big batch of rice, separate it into smaller portions, and store them in the freezer. Then, you can use it to cook any kind of fried rice like Yangzhou fried rice, Lao Gan Ma fried rice, or Kimchi Bokkeum Bap (Kimchi Fried Rice).

FAQs

Char Siu Fried Rice

What is Char Siu?

Char Siu (叉烧) refers to Cantonese BBQ pork, traditionally marinated with a blend of soy sauce, maltose, and five-spice powder. Its distinctive red color often comes from red fermented bean curd or red fermented ground rice.

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What makes restaurant fried rice taste better than homemade versions?

The primary reason is Wok Hei (鑊氣), which is the smoky flavor that develops when stir-frying food with cooking oil on high heat. However, when preparing it at home, you can use high-quality cooking oil and less of it, resulting in a healthier dish.

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Char Siu Fried Rice (Chinese BBQ Pork Fried Rice)

Easy Char Siu Fried Rice (Chinese BBQ Pork Fried Rice)

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This Char Siu Fried Rice is a breeze to prepare and takes less than 20 minutes. It's my go-to recipe whenever I have leftover Char Siu Pork. Try it out, and you'll fall in love with it just as I have.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Course Family meal, Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cup day old cooked rice (or refrigerated)
  • ½ tbsp cooking oil (to mix with rice)
  • 1 cup diced char siu pork (0.5 icnh / 1 cm chunks)
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 cup cooked green beans
  • ½ bulb onion (diced)
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 scallion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (to your taste)
  • ½ tbsp dark soy sauce (to your taste)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil

Instructions
 

  • Combine soy sauce and dark soy sauce in a small bowl. Mix the cooked rice with cooking oil.
  • In a pan, warm up some cooking oil and sauté the onion and garlic until they become aromatic. Then, toss in the pork, beans, and carrots, and stir-fry over high heat for 1-2 minutes
  • Incorporate the rice into the pan and drizzle the sauce over the mixture. Stir-fry vigorously over high heat.
  • Push everything to one side of the pan. Pour in the beaten egg and gently scramble it. Stir everything together until the rice becomes dry and crispy. Finally, season with soy sauce and sesame oil one last time.
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