Step into nearly any Chinese restaurant and you’re bound to find Yang Zhou fried rice (扬州炒饭) on the menu. Back in the day when this popular wok fried rice was invented in the Jiang Su province of China, it was typical to eat this golden dish with vegetables, shrimp, and fish soup. Nowadays, there are a dozen variations of this popular fried rice, making it into a versatile recipe where you can alter according to your own unique taste. What beats adding what you like and liking what you eat?

Shrimp and vegetables are still common ingredients, but now meat has also made the list of popular toppings. Another unique twist is even adding the eggs in two methods: “silver covering gold”, where the eggs are scrambled separately, or “gold covering silver”, where the eggs are poured into the rice. For this simple but tasty original recipe, we’re going to keep the original shrimp and add a touch of BBQ roasted pork. And to spice things up a bit, we’re going to do the eggs double styled, in both the “silver covering gold” and “gold covering silver” methods.

A major thing to know for any type of fried rice, is to never throw away leftover rice! Using cooked rice a day old, is what gives fried rice that addictive chewy texture. So don’t waste those grains, and turn leftovers into a golden masterpiece in under an hr.

Yang Zhou Fried Rice
Serves 4
Turn any leftover rice into a golden masterpiece!
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. Eggs (2)
  2. Shrimp (1 lb.)
  3. Roasted BBQ Pork (1/2 lb.)
  4. Cooked White Rice (8 bowls)
  5. Salt
  6. Pepper
To get started, mix the ingredients
  1. Marinate the shrimp with salt and pepper, then add it into a heated pan
  2. Cook the shrimp on high heat, then toss in the roasted pork
  3. Cook until the shrimp turns a toasty brown, then separate the shrimp and pork
Now to the eggs. First, “Silver Covering Gold” style
  1. Time to scramble the eggs, but only half, save some yolk to mix with the rice later
  2. After the eggs are scrambled, have them join the shrimp and pork
Cooking the Rice
  1. Add the rice into the pan with the heat still on high, add a bit of oil
  2. Add in some salt and soy sauce (amount is spontaneous, depending on your taste preference.)
Eggs “Gold Covering Silver Style”
  1. When the rice starts to soften, literally dig a hole in the center of the rice pit and pour the rest of the egg yolk in
  2. Immediately mix in the egg yolk with the rice, making sure all silver is covered by the gold. If you’ve got wok tossing skills up your sleeve, this is the time to use it. Go wild and toss that rice until every grain is golden perfection.
  1. Basically, the main rule for this recipe is that there’s really no rules.
  2. If you like a more rich taste, feel free to add more soy sauce as you mix in the rest of the ingredients.
  3. The beauty of fried rice is that the ingredients are versatile, meaning the possibilities are endless. So whip out your wok, get creative, and make good use of that rice from last night, leftovers never tasted so good.
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