Chashu Fried Rice チャーシューチャーハン

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  • Chashu Fried Rice with savory pork belly and fluffy egg is such a luxurious home-cooked meal. Quick and easy, it’s comfort food at its best. You’ll know why it’s worth saving a piece of Homemade Chashu for this fried rice recipe!

    Chashu fried rice served on white plates.

    Do you have favorite fried rice to cook at home? My family is wild about this Chashu Fried Rice (チャーシューチャーハン) that feels like an elevated version of regular fried rice.

    Here, wok-charred rice gets an amazing blast of umami from savory-sweet chashu pork and fluffy egg. The homemade chashu pork was made in advance for ramen, but I’ve allocated a portion just for fried rice! It’s the best kind of comfort food one can enjoy at home. One bite, you’ll know why such simple food can be so good, satisfying, and mood-altering.

    Watch How to Make Chashu Fried Rice

    Chashu Fried Rice with savory pork belly and fluffy egg is such a luxurious home-cooked meal. Quick and easy, it’s comfort food at its best. You’ll know why it’s worth saving a piece of Homemade Chashu for this fried rice recipe!

    Chashu fried rice on white plates.

    Keep It Simple!

    For many of us who have eaten and cook a fair share of fried rice, it’s true that there are no hard and fast rules about what should be in fried rice. But getting it right does take a little know-how and customization.

    Some fried rice tastes great with all sorts of vegetables and meat, and some fried rice tastes best when you use fewer ingredients. For the case of this chashu fried rice, less is more.

    Thin slices of Chashu on the cutting board.

    What You Need for The Perfect Chashu Fried Rice:

    1. Chashu

    The star ingredient in this fried rice is, of course, chashu (チャーシュー)! When you have a key ingredient like this to highlight, you want to keep the combination simple and let the savory meat shines through in the midst of the fluffy fried rice.

    While other fried rice is about spontaneity, I actually do the reverse when making this fried rice. Simply because Homemade Chashu is the best and I just have to plan ahead. I’ll pick a day (usually a Saturday) to make chashu for ramen, and save a portion for Chashu Fried Rice that I’d make in the week.

    Steamed Rice

    2. Day-old Japanese short-grain rice

    Other Asian style fried rice may call for medium- to long-grain rice, but fried rice in Japan is always made with short-grain rice. It’s plump and sticky and has a chewy texture. Short grain rice may clump together easier, therefore, you want to use the day-old rice that has been dried out slightly in the refrigerator.

    Beaten Egg

    3. Eggs

    There are so many ways to cook eggs for fried rice. I always start mine by making the egg first as it gives me better control of the texture.

    Cook the eggs just until they are golden and fluffy on the edge but still runny in the middle. Transfer the eggs to a plate, and they will be tossed back in to cook with the rest of the fried rice later. It’s a fail-proof method for everyone.

    Chashu fried rice on white plates.

    Quick Tips for Fluffy Fried Rice

    I’ve shared many tips on how to cook perfect fried rice in my other recipes, but for your convenience, here are some quick tips to follow:

    1. Cook in high heat – Hot wok is the way to go for fried rice. If the wok is not hot enough, rice will start sticking everywhere. On the other hand, if you decide to use a non-stick frying pan, you want to keep the pan at constant medium-high temperature. Overly high heat can ruin your pan, so keep the heat at the safe point but high enough to fry the rice.

    2. Don’t be shy on oil –  The layer of oil on a hot surface will form a non-stick coating on the wok, and ensure each rice grain gets even contact with the heat.

    3. Get your ingredients and seasoning ready. Since you will be cooking on high heat, make sure all the ingredients are prepped and ready to toss in.

    4. Keep it moving – Use a lift and scoop motion to break up the rice, and make sure your hands are swift to stir and fry the ingredients so they are well coated with oil.

    5. Do not overcrowd your wok – I use a large wok, so I only cook a maximum of 3 Japanese rice bowls for the amount of rice. If you’re cooking for more than 4 people, you will need to cook the fried rice in batches. Overcrowding the wok will only result in stewed rice.

    Serve Vegetables as a Side for a Complete, Balanced Meal

    To round up the meal, you can always include a side of vegetables and soup with the fried rice. I do not recommend adding vegetables into the chashu fried rice itself as they take away the texture. Instead, you could serve it with a side of blanched broccoli or leafy greens or pickled cucumbers.

    By following these simple quick tips, you’ll be whipping out the best chashu fried rice that rivals the restaurant versions in no time. It is a dish that captures the heart, tummy, and soul. I’ve even heard that making a killer fried rice makes a marriage proposal?!

    Chashu fried rice on a white plate.

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    Chashu fried rice served on white plates.
    Chashu Fried Rice

    Chashu Fried Rice with savory pork belly and fluffy egg is such a luxurious home-cooked meal. Quick and easy, it’s comfort food at its best.

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: chashu, fried rice
    Servings: 3 (4 as a side dish)
    Author: Nami
    Ingredients
    • 8 oz Chashu (227 g)
    • 5 green onions/scallions (62 g or 2.2 oz)
    • 2 large eggs
    • 3 rice bowls cooked Japanese short grain rice (at room temperature)
    • 3 Tbsp neutral flavor oil (vegetable, canola, etc)
    Seasonings
    Instructions
    1. Gather all the ingredients.
      Chashu Fried Rice Ingredients
    Prepare the Ingredients
    1. Cut the chashu into ¼-inch slices.
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    2. Then cut the slices into ¼-inch strips and into small cubes.

      Chashu Fried Rice 2
    3. Cut the white part of green onions into thin rounds, then cut the green part diagonally. Keep them separated.
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    4. In a small bowl, beat the eggs.
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    Make Fried Rice
    1. Heat a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat and add 2 Tbsp oil and swirl around to make sure all sides of the work (frying pan) are coated with oil. When you see the smoke coming out from the side of the wok, add the beaten egg.

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    2. The hot oil will quickly cook the egg. Swirl the egg with the wooden spatula a few times. While the egg is still runny in the middle but fluffy on the edge, transfer to a plate.
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    3. Heat the wok over medium high heat (If you're not using fatty meat, add 1 Tbsp oil into the same wok). Add chashu and stir fry for about 2 minutes and the fat of the pork belly will render oil.

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    4. Add the white part of the chopped green onions and stir fry for a minute.
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    5. Add the rice and separate it with the wooden spatula. You may want to lower the heat if you are taking time to separate rice (Japanese short grain rice is stickier than long-grain rice etc, so it takes a bit time to do this process). Using a scooping motion, combine the rice and ingredients together, coating the rice with oil from the ingredients.
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    6. Add the egg and break into smaller pieces while you stir fry.
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    7. Once the rice and ingredients are mixed throughout, add the soy sauce and salt.
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    8. Add white pepper and drizzle sesame oil.
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    9. Add the green part of the chopped green onion (leaving some for garnish and quickly toss all together. Fill the rice bowl all the way to the top and gently press with the spatula.

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    10. Flip the rice bowl onto the serving plate to release the fried rice. Sprinkle green onion and serve immediately.
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    Recipe Notes

    Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

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