Special Fried Rice

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Special fried rice

Special fried rice

This is a special fried rice. It is special not because of any special ingredients but because it was cooked by my daughter, and the photos were also taken by her. I was very busy and she offered to cook lunch for all of us. How sweet of her! I think it’s a very good opportunity for her to learn, at least something simple. I was impressed by the presentation, too. It actually tasted very delicious, even though it looks very simple. The texture and flavour was very well balanced. She used some celery leaves for garnishing. I guess that was all that she could find in the fridge!

I do hope that my children will learn more cooking before they leave home one day. They love my cooking and I know that should they ever need help, they have my blog to refer as almost all the food on my blog are simple, easy and quick. All the food here are what they have been eating at home all the time. At least I’m glad that they have come to know and accept that home cooked food is always the best….higher quality and way cheaper than restaurant food.

So far they have cooked on several occasions. I remember when I fell very ill with tummy upset, they cooked Teriyaki Salmon Jacket Potato and Baked Spring Chicken And Egg Bok Choy. They also make carrot and apple juice. That was impressive. At least I’m glad to know that they will cook proper meals for themselves. I don’t have to stock up cooked meals in the freezer if I have to be away.

Fried rice ingredients

Fried rice ingredients

2C cooked rice
2 eggs (beaten)
1C frozen sweet corn (thawed and cooked))
8 crabsticks (cut into shorter lengths)
soya sauce
pepper powder
dried herbs
fried garlic or shallot oil

Frying the rice first

Frying the rice first

Heat up some oil and pan fry the chopped crabstick until lightly browned. Dish it up. Heat up some garlic or shallot oil in a frying pan. Add the rice and keep frying until fragrant. Add the soya sauce and pepper powder and continue to fry.

Everything into the pan

Everything into the pan

Add the crabsticks and sweet corn to the rice and mix well. Pour in the beaten eggs and continue to stir. Add some dried herbs for added flavour. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste. Dish it up and enjoy with a glass of cold lemon drink or a cup of hot Chinese tea, depending on the weather condition.

If you like, you can also add meat like roast, char siu or sea food for added flavour.

What is your favourite fried rice? Do you have a simple fried rice to share, one that even children or teenagers can cook? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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Other fried rice recipes that you may be interested:
Delicious Fried Rice Parcel
Delicious Spam Fried Rice

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tigerfish  on March 15th, 2010

Oh, how sweet of her to cook the fried rice. :D
I like almost all kinds of fried rice as long as it is simple and home-cooked. I have done diced green beans, red peppers, mushrooms fried rice (tom yum flavor), char siu and cabbage fried rice, and many more…

Sushma Mallya  on March 15th, 2010

wow that really looks delicious and so sweet of her to cook it for you…and presentation too is awesome…

Mary  on March 15th, 2010

@tigerfish - Thanks very much for the list of suggestions to cook fried rice. I haven’t tried with mushroms, tom yum and cabbage. Must try next time….mmmm….spicy and delicious :D

@Sushma Mallya - Thanks very much, Sushma! :D Our children sometimes can give us surprises!

Ellie  on March 15th, 2010

The next generation of food blogger! Any food cooked by our kids are extra special!

kristy  on March 15th, 2010

Wow, your daughter can cook very well too huh! hehe…. Hey Mary, you can retire already LOL! haha… For me, I love any fried rice but not my hubby! He is very particular in fried rice. So, kampung style fried rice always his favourites. Alot of chilies, ginger, scallion, enchovies, eggs and long beans. And dark soy sauce, not to miss! And then have to fry till the rice pops around the wok! Until you can really get that aroma.

The Little Teochew  on March 15th, 2010

Indeed, a very special plate of fried rice, Mary! My compliments to your daughter. How old is she? I agree with you 100% about eating in - higher quality food and easy on the wallet. You’re a wonderful mom! And it shows in your girls.

Trissa  on March 15th, 2010

Well done Mary - you’ve raised your kids really well to be able to make such yummy looking dishes - I can tell your daughter really takes after you!

Viviane, Taste-Buds  on March 15th, 2010

This sounds very good. I think I will give it a try. I need to get me some soy sauce though. I ran out :)
I love the shrimp fried rice most I think.

penny aka jeroxie  on March 15th, 2010

That is super sweet! She is becoming quite a cook just like her mummy :)

Catherine  on March 15th, 2010

This looks delicious Mary! Very nice of your daughter to cook for you all :)

Sarah Naveen  on March 15th, 2010

wow!!! that looks so yummy!!

Mary  on March 15th, 2010

@Ellie - I do really hope my children will be the next generation of bloggers. I think food blogging will help to become more conscious of health. Quite a good start now…one step at a time :D

@kristy - They do try to learn simple cooking…..at last! Still too early for me to retire…but hope not too long to go…haha. Oh….I love kampong fried rice. My mom was very good in that but none of us learned it. I was too small to remember. I’ll remember your suggestion and try it. Thanks very much :D

@The Little Teochew - Both my girls are big now, about 20 but very well provided. I spent a few years in argument with them after we came here cos they love western food, like pizzas, fast food, soft drinks etc. How suffering to be a mom :( It’s a tough battle to win them over to eat healthier food. At least it’s a relief now that they prefer home cooked food and willing to learn some cooking before they leave home :D Ready meals and fast food are so easily available here…frightening! So, most people don’t cook. They don’t know how to cook! That’s sad.

@Trissa - Raising kids is no easy job. It’s fun and yet tough! But at least now they do show some interest in cooking and appreciate my recipes :D Really hope there’s more to come.

@Viviane, Taste-Buds - Thanks very much, Viviane! :D I love shrimps. I love them cooked in all ways. Definitely great in fried rice…mmm

@penny aka jeroxie - Hope so! Hope she will be even better than me so that I can enjoy good food :P

@Catherine - Thanks very much, Catherine! :D Yes, I’m thankful and proud of her.

@Sarah Naveen - Thanks very much, Sarah! :D

Tangled Noodle  on March 15th, 2010

She did a wonderful job, even with the little garnish! Of course, she’s got a fantastic role model. 8-) Now, I’m getting hungry just looking at this plate.

Nasi Lemak Lover  on March 15th, 2010

You are lucky to have her, her fried rice look super yummy!

zurin  on March 15th, 2010

please compliment ur daughter for me. it looks fantastic n what a wonderful momma you are!

5 Star Foodie  on March 15th, 2010

Very special indeed! She did a wonderful job!

anncoo  on March 15th, 2010

This is the first time your daughter cooked the fried rice. Good job and I’m sure Mary Mama is smiling from the bottom of her heart.

Mary  on March 15th, 2010

@Tangled Noodle - That’s the difference…the garnishing!…haha :D I never use pale green leaves for garnishing. Must have run out of coriander or maybe she couldn’t find it.

@Nasi Lemak Lover - I’m sure a lucky mom :D I look forward to more cooking from her.

@zurin - Thanks very much, Zurin! That’s so encouraging. I must ask her to read all the comments here. That would encourage her to cook more….so that I can slowly retire…LOL :D

@5 Star Foodie - Thanks very much, Natasha! :D

@anncoo - I sure smile from ear to ear….non-stop….haha :D I hope she cooks more for me….good for her and good for me :P

Sarah  on March 15th, 2010

You have so many great recipes on this site. As a Mom of 2 girls who help me “cook”, I love this post. My goal is to create a signature dish that each of my girls can perfect before they leave the house. I think the best memories are made in the kitchen.
Look forward to reading more :)

cheah  on March 15th, 2010

How thoughtful of your girl to cook for the family. Simple and refreshing. Good for watching TV, no bones, just swallow only!

Shirley  on March 15th, 2010

You must be one proud Mommy!

Mary  on March 15th, 2010

@Sarah - Thanks very much for visit and comments, Sarah! Looks like we have something in commen….2 girls :D Sounds awesome to have 2 signature dishes for your girls. I told my girls that their only inheritance from me are all my recipes…tested and tried and hand written :P They said I am so disorganised that they have problem looking for them and even if they can, they’ll have problem understanding them….LOL. Looks like a lot of more work on my part :P

@cheah - Haha….love your description! :D Well, my girls hardly cook…only help sometimes in the kitchen. I better leave them to cook more often. I should put a pile of cookbooks on the table for them :P

@Shirley - It’s a relief! I would be horrified if they leave home one day and don’t know how to cook. So, I’m happy they do start, even simple dishes :D

Angie  on March 15th, 2010

I can’t wait till my son is old enough to cook, what a great job your daughter did!

Mimi  on March 15th, 2010

How wonderful that your daughter not only cooks for you, but she took the time to take a photo. Great Job!

Juliana  on March 15th, 2010

Oh! How sweet of your daughter :-) Nicely done! The fried rice looks delicious!

Mary  on March 15th, 2010

@Angie - It would be so amazing when your son starts to cook. He is going to have so much fun, learning all your wonderful cooking skills :D

@Mimi - Yes, I was actually very pleased that she took photos :D I guess she was so proud to have cooked this fried rice. I’m sure she would be even more proud when she reads all the lovely and encouraging comments here. Thanks very much, Mimi!

@Juliana - Thanks very much, Juliana! :D I must ask her to cook more for me :P

3hungrytummies  on March 15th, 2010

You girl is doing a great job! Fried rice was the first dish I leant to cook :)

Drick  on March 15th, 2010

I know this was super tasting, especially given your daughter made it … and she is already starting to take over, watch out my ’stir fry queen’, you got competition!

tasteofbeirut  on March 15th, 2010

A daughter that cooks! How delightful! That rice looks and tastes great and I will remember the bit about crab sticks next time I make some!

Faith  on March 15th, 2010

Your daughter is so talented, Mary! This sounds like a delicious meal, and the pictures are lovely!

uma  on March 15th, 2010

Well presented by your daughter.. so sweet of her to cook for you.. am sure you must be proud of her..

Light Delight with TouTou  on March 15th, 2010

Hey Mary!! long time no see!! still , so many Asian food that makes me mouth watering :)
The fried rice is so yummy that I can never get tired of!

rebecca  on March 15th, 2010

aw can’t wait for Jasmine to cook for me!

Jeannie  on March 15th, 2010

Mary, you can relax more and ask your daughters to cook for you:) The fried rice looks really nice! When those crab sticks are shredded and fried, they turned into very yummy and crunchy crips? I made some recently and it was gone within minutes!

Carolyn Jung  on March 16th, 2010

You raised her right! ;)
Not only can your daughter cook, but she’s thoughtful enough to make something so delicious just for you. Now, that’s love. ;)

SathyaSridhar  on March 16th, 2010

Mary!!! your fried rice looks awesome me n my hubby likes fried rice very much… We r crazy foodies of fried rice recipes.I like ur version of fried rice looks coool and well presented, Dear. Take Care. Keep Smiling.

Mary  on March 16th, 2010

@3hungrytummies - Wow….you still remember the first dish you cooked. I couldn’t remember. I just remember that I was so spoilt by all my brothers and sisters that I didn’t really learned how to cook until after I got married! That’s when the nightmare began :( It has been a long journey…thankful that I keep learning :D

@Drick - Haha….what a cool name you’ve given me! :D But I’m a prawn queen too, right? :P Yes, competition…good competition. I hope I can learn something from my daughter, too.

@tasteofbeirut - Thanks very much! Have fun cooking :D

@Faith - Thanks very much, Faith! I do hope my daughter can cook better than me….so that I will have good food to enjoy …. LOL :D

@uma - Thanks very much, Uma! Yes, I’m very happy that she is willing to learn to cook :D

@Light Delight with TouTou - Hey, really glad to see you back….thanks very much! :D Hope you have not been too busy to cook and have fun.

@rebecca - She will grow up faster than you can ever imagine. It was just like yesterday that my girl was still a baby but now she is grown up. Time just passes so fast. Jasmine is just so adorable. She is going to cook well like you :D

@Jeannie - I am going to :P Jeannie, thanks very much for suggestion. I’m going to try that. That sounds very delicious. I have just bought a packet of crab sticks yesterday. Have to try.

@Carolyn Jung - Thanks very much, Carolyn! Actually my girl was so happy when I told her it was very delicious and I really liked it very much. I knew she cooked it out of love. You were very right to say that. It’s always so encouraging when our children know how to show love in action :D

@SathyaSridhar - Aha….both of you must be fried rice king and queen! :D You have to be my fried rice advisor then :P Thanks very much for visiting and comment!

Divina  on March 16th, 2010

Mary, you have raised not only beautiful daughters but also wonderful people. You’re so blessed to have them and I could feel the love is ever present everyday in your household. You can tell your daughter (is it Sharon?) I want to taste her cooking too. :)

Yen  on March 16th, 2010

Your daughter is really sweet. I’m sure she is very proud for cooking a delicious fried rice for the family. I would love to see more of her cooking.

The Kitchen Masochist  on March 16th, 2010

When I was living with my parents I didn’t know how to cook except for scrambled eggs because my mother loved to cook.

I think people learn how to cook once they leave home because you can’t rely one anyone. If your children watched you while you cooked, they’ll remember it. That was how it was with me. Whenever I attempted a dish my mom made, I’d say to myself, “I remember Mom doing this or that..”

No one in my family has tasted any of the dishes I’ve cooked since I only started doing it when I moved overseas. I hope to be able to cook for them when I visit home.

I just made Thai fried rice. I’m back with to my Thai food obsession! :) I’m experimenting with adding papay (ripe) on my next project.

Treat and Trick  on March 16th, 2010

Thanks for your comments, dear…Fried rice looks yummy and you’re so lucky to have such a daughter hope she will one day be the chef of your household..

Simply Life  on March 16th, 2010

Oh that fried rice looks delicious!

Mary  on March 16th, 2010

@Divina - Yes, I must agree that I feel very blessed to have 2 wonderful daughters….but….they have also added to the number of white hairs on my head…LOL :D Well, they could have inherited my naughty genes :P I told Sharon about all the lovely comments about her fried rice and she was so happy. Hope there are more lovely dishes from her. The next step is to get her to write a guest post for my blog. Need patience for that :P I’m sure she will cook for you…in exchange for your soup :D

@Yen - Thanks very much for visiting and comment, Yen! I’m hoping, too, to see more cooking from her :D

@The Kitchen Masochist - Totally agree with you that leaving home makes us grow up and become a good cook. I think I only knew how to make pancakes when I was at home….just mix flour, sugar, eggs and water and fry. But it was a difficult journey to learn from scratch on my own. I couldn’t remember how my mom cooked. You have been doing very well, learning all the Thai cuisines….mmm….delicious. I salute you for making them from scratch. You are just amazing! :D I would just go short cut and use the ready paste. Sadly most of the time, it doesn’t taste authentic :( I’m sure your family can’t wait to taste your cooking. Can’t wait to see your papaya recipes on your blog. I love papaya…just eat it as it is…mmm. Miss that!

@Treat and Trick - Thanks for visiting and comment! Keeping my fingers crossed that my daughter will become a very good chef :D

@Simply Life - Thanks very much! :D

noobcook  on March 16th, 2010

Looks like your daughter take after you in being a very good cook =) looks totally yummy.

Sangi  on March 16th, 2010

Fried rice looks perfect&delicious!!!ur daughter did a gr888 job!
Tnx a lot for stopping by ’simply delicios’

Tasty Trix  on March 16th, 2010

How sweet! Looks like blogging and cooking runs in the family!

alta  on March 16th, 2010

Your daughter did such a great job! Yum!

Mary  on March 16th, 2010

It’s so nice to see the children step up and help with meals. Her fried rice looks wonderful. My favorite fried rice is called Yangzhou Fried Rice. I have the recipe on my site if you are interested.

Mary  on March 16th, 2010

@noobcook - I’m glad that she picks up earlier than me :D I only started learning to cook after I got married!! Imagine the nightmare married to a man who loves to eat!

@Sangi - Thanks very much for visiting and comment, Sangi! My daughter would be so happy to read this :D

@Tasty Trix - Oh…. I’m praying hard that it does :P I really hope my girls will cook well before they leave home.

@alta - Thanks very much, Alta! :D

@Mary - Thanks very much, Mary! :D Your fried rice looks very colourful and delicious. I’m adding your fried rice link here. http://oneperfectbite.blogspot.com/2010/02/yangzhou-fried-rice.html

Julie Lynn  on March 16th, 2010


How wonderful and truly special that your daughter made fried rice for you. =)

I could never pick just one favorite fried rice, since I don’t think we’ve ever made it the same way twice. But, fried rice is popular around here.

Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88  on March 16th, 2010

I love fried rice as I can just pick what I have in the fridge and use up the leftover. More special is your daughter made for you!

Mary  on March 16th, 2010

@Julie Lynn - Thanks very much, Julie! Fried rice is very simple and easy. I think the first dish any one wants to learn to cook should be fried rice. I’m glad my daughter knows how to fry it :D

@Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88 - Agree with you that it’s especially special because my daughter fried it. Hope there are more to come :P

Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes  on March 16th, 2010

Mary, the fried rice looks so yummy!!

chickyb*bits  on March 16th, 2010

I LOVE fried rice of any kind, but especially my mom’s! You are lucky to have a sweet daughter so interested in your home cooking. :)

citronetvanille  on March 16th, 2010

OH it’s a great start, and I’m sure she will become as talented as her mom! Great rice!

TasteHongKong  on March 17th, 2010

Mary, Proud of you, proud of your daughter. You both are great role models.

Anh  on March 17th, 2010

Very special plate of fried rice, indeed.

I am trying to teach my sister cooking, but it’s not easy. I think it’s better to start involve kids in the kitchen much much earlier!

Tia @ ButtercreamBarbie  on March 17th, 2010

wow already taking after her momma!

Mary  on March 17th, 2010

@Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes - Thanks very much, Sook! :D

@chickyb*bits - Thanks very much for visiting and comment! I’m really glad my daughter loves my cooking :D I think that inspires her to cook cos she can’t get them outside :P

@citronetvanille - Waiting for the day to come that she can cook very well and then I can retire :D

@TasteHongKong - Thanks very much for your encouragement, Maureen! :D

@Anh - Thanks very much for visiting and comment, Anh! Totally agree with you it’s not easy to teach our own loved ones to cook. My children sometimes disappear while half way helping :( My hubby has no patience in the kitchen too. Sometimes I thought I should just send them to cooking school…haha :D

@Tia @ ButtercreamBarbie - Hope she doesn’t give up learning half way :P

Sharon  on March 17th, 2010

Hello to everyone who reads my mom’s blog. I’m Sharon her daughter who cooked the fried rice that you are all so lovely to compliment :) I’m just glad I didn’t burn down the kitchen haha. Thanks for all your comments. Keep coming back for more recipes and definitely try them out! Especially my mom’s food, which I know for sure is absolutely the most delicious in the whole world because I’ve tried it all lol. Mom, you’re amazing and I love you to bits.

Mary  on March 17th, 2010

@Sharon - Hi, my darling….so wonderful to see your comment here….muuuuaaaak!! Absolutely thankful you didn’t burn the house down…LOL :D Would love to see more of your cooking. You are amazing! Love you to bits, too :D

Thas  on March 17th, 2010

Wow, how sweet of your daughter and what more you need to be proud of her. Loved this fried rice, especially the crab in it. Please share my five star rating to your daughter:)

Mary  on March 18th, 2010

@Thas - Awww…thanks very much, Thas! My daughter is just over the moon to receive so much encouragement here :D I’m sure she’s going to cook more.

Jeena  on March 18th, 2010

True comfort food Mary it sounds delicious. :)

Mary  on March 18th, 2010

@Jeena - It is…especially from my daughter :D

Daniel@thefoodaddicts.com  on March 29th, 2010

I need to add some corn to my friend rice next time. The sweetness from the corn and saltiness from the soya will go great together!

Mary  on April 6th, 2010

@Daniel@thefoodaddicts.com - Yes, they are such a lovely combination….simple and delicious…mmmm :D

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