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Chao Fan Recipe

Chao Fan brings new life to left over, day-old rice by making it into delicious fried rice! Stir fried with beef, pork or chicken and a variety of vegetables for a complete and tasty meal.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese, Filipino
Keyword: chao fan, chao fan recipe
Servings: 4 - 5 servings
Author: Mia


  • 3-4 cups day-old, left-over rice kept in the refrigerator over night
  • 150 grams ground beef
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 large carrots cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup green peas
  • ¼ cup spinach or kangkong (water spinach) boiled and chopped
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce add more if needed
  • 3 tbsp light soy sauce add more if needed
  • ¼ tsp salt add more if needed
  • 1 tsp sesame oil optional
  • 2 medium eggs optional


  • Break up rice to separate the grains for easier cooking. Set aside.
    3-4 cups day-old, left-over rice
  • In a wok or pan, heat oil over high heat. add ground beef until brown in color or approximately 2-3 minutes. Tip in chopped garlic and sauté until fragrant.
    150 grams ground beef, 3 tbsp cooking oil, 3 cloves garlic
  • Add carrots, green peas and spinach. Cook until carrots are tender. Pour oyster sauce and light soy sauce and stir until incorporated.
    1 large carrots, 1 cup green peas, ¼ cup spinach or kangkong (water spinach), 2 tbsp oyster sauce, 3 tbsp light soy sauce
  • Tip in rice then stir and toss until coated with sauce and ingredients are distributed evenly. Turn down heat to medium and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes. Taste and season with salt if needed.
    ¼ tsp salt
  • Make a well in the middle of the rice and add the 2 eggs. Scramble the eggs for a minute the stir-fry with the rice for a couple of seconds until eggs are evenly distributed. Add sesame oil and mix.
    2 medium eggs, 1 tsp sesame oil
  • Remove wok or pan from heat and transfer chao fan in a large serving bowl. Serve and enjoy. Bon appetit!


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