Malaysian Country Fried Rice

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Malaysian country fried rice

Malaysian country fried rice

Fried rice is such a comfort food. It’s my favourite, both to cook and to eat. My whole family loves fried rice. It is simple, easy and quick to dish up a meal and yet tastes very delicious. This Malaysian Country Fried Rice is very delicious. Crispy anchovies are always added. Other ingredients vary.

Daughter’s Comment On Blog Post

Just very recently my daughter cooked fried rice. It was very simple but tasted very delicious. I called it Special Fried Rice because she offered to cook it when she saw that I was very busy. That’s so sweet of her! Just in case you missed out on her comment on the blog post, she wrote, “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.” Wow……beautiful and so touching! That makes her even sweeter….haha. Well, I do hope that I’m always an inspiration to her! Actually she is a real inspiration to me.

Learning from Blog Comments

I want to thank everyone very much for commenting on my blog posts because I’ve been learning from what you shared. From the Special Fried Rice post, I was so excited when Kristy at mentioned about ‘kampong’ fried rice which is literally country fried rice. ‘Kampong’ is a Malaysian word meaning ‘countryside’. It just brought back sweet memories of my humble childhood days in the countryside where we didn’t have much to eat. Then Jeannie at mentioned about crispy fried crab sticks added to fried rice. I just can’t wait to try that. Kristy and Jeannie really stirred up my craving!

Country Fried Rice at £8.20!!

My hubby loves to eat and insisted that we should go for Malaysian food one Saturday. I agreed obligingly knowing that we won’t be able to get like what we have back home and yet paying a lot for it. He called for curry noodles and I called for country fried rice. Both didn’t taste that great as expected. With the drinks, it cost 20 pounds, excluding tips!!! The waitress came and remarked, “Wow, you finished everything!” I was shocked at her remark. I knew she probably meant well but it sounded so crude. Well, of course we had to finish everything. It was so expensive and the portion was not too big.

Well, I really shouldn’t complain about the price maybe. I have been with friends to a popular hotel once for lunch and a simple burger with some chips cost £13.40!! The beef inside was so dry and tough. MacDonald burgers definitely taste much better than that.

Mission Accomplished!

That night, I told myself that I must cook it the next day! I want to tell my hubby that this is such an easy dish to cook at home….way cheaper and more delicious and I’m sure cleaner and healthier. I had all the ingredients at home. I still had some anchovies left after using it in Okra (Lady’s Fingers) And Anchovies Stir Fry. It turned out very delicious. My hubby liked it very much and was convinced that home cooked is still the best…..yeah. Mission accomplished….haha.

This Malaysian Country Fried Rice recipe is actually very simple and easy, yet tastes better than from restaurants. When you cook yourself at home, you can add more and higher quality ingredients.

4 pieces of crab sticks
1/2C anchovies
150g green beans (finely cut)
fried garlic oil
1T light soya sauce
1/2 t pepper powder
2C cooked rice

Shredded crabsticks

Shredded crabsticks

Fried anchovies and crab sticks

Fried anchovies and crab sticks

Shred the crabsticks, cut into halves and fry until crispy. Set aside. Wash the anchovies, pat dry with kitchen towel and fry until crispy, too and set aside.

All into frying pan

All into frying pan

Heat up some garlic oil and fry the green beans until cooked. Set aside. Heat up some garlic oil in the frying pan and add in the rice. Fry until fragrant. The best is to fry it with high heat where you will hear the hissing sound. Add light soya sauce and pepper to taste. Stir well and finally add in the fried crabsticks, anchovies and green beans. Mix well and dish up. Serve hot.

The anchovies and crab sticks are already very flavourful so do not add too much seasoning. Green beans are excellent for fried rice. I love to put a lot so that everyone gets to eat more vegetables.

If you are to cook country fried rice, what would you put in? Have you eaten out and felt you have paid too much for the quality of food you were served? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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

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Priya  on April 7th, 2010

Thats a tempting and mouthwatering fried rice…makes me hungry..

Sushma Mallya  on April 7th, 2010

Never tried this type of rice till now but sure looks delicious and clicks are tempting…

kristy  on April 7th, 2010

Hahaha…finally, you came up with your homemade ‘kampung’ fried rice! No need to cost you 8.20 pounds, right! Mary, you should have told the waitress that’s actually because you guys are hungry and should ask them to improve the food they’re selling as well. hehe…. Why not? I mean we pay for the food!

Divina  on April 7th, 2010

Should we call this Mary’s Special fried rice? Looks good and very flavorful. I love adobo fried rice. The sauce from the adobo and the meat is great with the rice. Sometimes crab roe fried or salted fish fried rice. I think any flavor can be done with fried rice. Don’t forget the kimchi fried rice. :) Sharon, you’re such a sweet and great daughter. I hope you’ll cook for your mom again and us soon. :)

3hungrytummies  on April 7th, 2010

Oh I love the crunchy ikan bilis! Fried rice is always comfort food for me :)

Angie's Recipes  on April 7th, 2010

Whenver I don’t know what to cook, I get the leftover rice out from the fridge….you are absolutely right: stir-fried rice is such a comforting and delicious food!

pegasuslegend  on April 7th, 2010

you are diffinitely a rice goddess cant get anymore perfect than this one!

shirley@køkken69  on April 7th, 2010

Mary, your fried rice has so much goodies, I don’t have to taste it to know that it is delicious!

noobcook  on April 7th, 2010

Your fried rice certainly looks fabulous especially with the crispy anchovies.

lequan@luvtoeat  on April 7th, 2010

Aaw I love the beautiful relation that you and your daughter have. Hope I will be as good a mom as you.

I definititely agree that home cooked meals are so much better than restaurant meals and that the ingredients are much superior as well. That fried rice looked delicious even before you were done cooking. That’s the power of a great chef ;-)

shahana  on April 7th, 2010

Never tried this fried rice version.But sounds really really tasty dear!

anncoo  on April 7th, 2010

I love fried rice and this is definitely delicious.
Must try your version one day. Would you like to try mine ~ Turmeric fried rice ~
I’m quite sure you’ll like this because I added prawns in it.

Cheah  on April 7th, 2010

This is absolutely comforting. I like fried rice too, yes, especially kampong fried rice and with fried anchovies…. yum, yum. Your daughter is so sweet and thougtful. Oh, about the waitress, don’t know whether her comment is a compliment to her chef or an insult. Even if it’s not tasty, we must also finish the food, so costly, but then the pound looks like going downhill so by conversion not so bad like before!

TasteHongKong  on April 7th, 2010

Mary, My feeling is that your hubby might want you to take a break and enjoy, despite the fact that your homemade dishes are fantastic. He is sweet.

Margaret  on April 7th, 2010

I’ve never seen fried rice like this before, it looks totally delicious.

Namitha  on April 7th, 2010

That sounds like a lovely combo.. anchovies,crabsticks and green beans..yumm

rebecca  on April 7th, 2010

looks wonderful I had fried rice with crab in it at a Thai place I am going to try it and your daughters comment is adorable LOL Rebecca

Julie Lynn  on April 7th, 2010

Fried rice has been a staple food for us for years. Love it! Isn’t it wonderful when we can make things at home that taste great and aren’t spendy to make?!

We have lived in the suburbs for too long. I miss being in the countryside. =)

Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes  on April 7th, 2010

Oh yum! I love fried rice and your version looks so appetizing!

Anna  on April 7th, 2010

Ummmm Mary this dish looks so yummy, made me hungry. Love the flavors.

5 Star Foodie  on April 7th, 2010

A delicious fried rice with anchovies and crab sticks!

Light Delight with TouTou  on April 7th, 2010

fancy version of fried rice!! I really want some crab or fish now……but I am having allergies and have to stay away from all seafood!

peteformation  on April 7th, 2010

I love fried rice with lots of anchovies in it…..yum yum!

sweetlife  on April 7th, 2010

what a great dish..crab sticks how yummy!!


Jeannie  on April 7th, 2010

That plate of country fried rice sure looks appetising! With all those crispy anchovies and crabsticks added it’s so irresistable!

Krissy @ The Food Addicts  on April 7th, 2010

how nice of your daughter to cook you the special fried rice! you should pass the torch to your daughter and make her enjoy the love of cooking like you!

Mary  on April 8th, 2010

@Priya - Haha….time to take out your wok to cook :D

@Sushma Mallya - Thanks very much, Sushma! :D

@kristy - That’s right, even 2 big plates also didn’t come up to that price! My hubby should thank me for helping him saved so much money with my home cooked food…haha :P I think most eating places here just go short cut to cook for the westerners and also to maximise profits. It can be disappointing but that’s business. Either I cook myself or I’ll go to you :D Oh…thanks very much for the suggestion and reminder about the country fried rice.

@Divina - Wow….what a nice name you gave for my fried rice. I’m so flattered…haha :D Thanks very much for sharing with me more ways to cook fried rice. I’m remembering that…more fried rice to come….yeah. Now I remember, my mom used to add salted fish to fried rice too. I have to make salted fish again to cook it. Yes, I always make kimchi and haven’t made kimchi fried rice… I wonder…haha. There are so many dishes I want to cook but so little time…..hmmmm Yes, Sharon has been trying to cook more but she always forgot to take photos! Maybe she thinks it’s not good enough. I have to pester her again :P

@3hungrytummies - We share similar taste :D I have run out of ikan bilis. Have to go to Chinatown to get this small tiny ones.

@Angie’s Recipes - It sure is. I think it should be the first dish for any first time cook to learn :D Having said that, it’s time my second daughter has to start making fried rice.

@pegasuslegend - Haha…thanks very much, Claudia! That’s such a cool name you gave me! :D After cooking this one, I think I’m more in love with fried rice, especially with so many suggestions from blogger friends.

@shirley@køkken69 - Thanks very much, Shirley! :D I just love to add a lot of vegetables.

@noobcook - Thanks very much! :D I love the crunchy anchovies.

@lequan@luvtoeat - We have a very good relationship but sometimes we do get on each others nerves…haha…normal! Lynn, you are a good mom. I can tell from your blog. Your children are so adorable. Haha…I’m no great chef yet….only in the eyes of my children :D That’s what all children thinks!

@shahana - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Shanana! :D

@anncoo - Thanks very much, Anncoo! Of cos I’m going to try your tumeric fried rice :D It looks very delicious. Love the colour. Best of all…with prawns….my favourite!! Haha…you know my weakness for certain food :D I’ll be trying this very soon. Just need to go and buy prawns.

@Cheah - Thanks very much, Cheah! About the waitress…hmmm…..needs more training how to talk. I heard a friend once said that a waitress was immediately sacked when she casually asked the customer, ‘Why do you drink so much?’ They are here to serve and not to talk unnecessarily. Ya, can’t think too much about the currency exchange otherwise life would be miserable staying here. But there is always a tendency :P

@TasteHongKong - Maureen, you are so sweet to think it that way. I appreciate him for that cos I admit I spent a lot of time cooking and doing my own stuff. Eating out is one of the ways to keep me sit still….haha :D And well, he just loves to eat. Eating out is the only way cos I don’t cook everything he likes. We eat out more often back home cos it’s cheap, delicious and convenient but not here.

@Margaret - Thanks very much, Margaret! :D

@Namitha - Thanks very much, Namitha! I really like that combination. Will be cooking it again soon.

@rebecca - Thanks very much, Rebecca! Haha…my daughter…she’s adorable. I’m always amused to think what children always think about their parents. My food is definitely not the best but she thinks so. Just wait till she gets to try better ones….haha :D

@Julie Lynn - Totally agree with you. I’m totally for home cooked food….cheap, healthy and relaxing. I actually really miss countryside life. I told my hubby that we should retire to the countryside were I can grow some vegetables and fruit trees. I love the serenity and fresh air. Life is so relaxing there, too.

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

@Anna - Thanks very much, Anna! Time to cook :P

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

@Light Delight with TouTou - Oh no…so sorry to hear that. Then this dish is definitely not for you. Maybe you have to go for egg fried rice with green beans. That would be delicious too. I can help you eat all the seafood if we ever go out to eat :P

@peteformation - Thanks very much for sharing, Pete!

@sweetlife Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Sweetlife! :D

@Jeannie - Thanks very much for sharing with me about the crispy crab sticks, Jeannie. I actually snack on them….very delicious :D I really like this fried rice.

@Krissy @ The Food Addicts - I really hope my daughter will pick up more cooking. I think at the moment she cooks but haven’t found it an enjoyment. I hope one day she will start a food blog, then maybe she will enjoy it more. I sure appreciate her cooking the special fried rice for me :D

Olive  on April 8th, 2010

I love fried rice too but I can only make simple ones, your fried rice looks like the one I usually have in Chinese restos..maybe I should try making this at home too. Thanks Mary! :)

smita  on April 8th, 2010

The Fried rice looks so colorful n tempting ….

@ Little Food Junction

DG  on April 8th, 2010

You make me hungry now. I love fried anchovies with fried rice. Hm … Yummy ;P

Mary  on April 8th, 2010

@Olive - Thanks very much, Olive! Now you can make your own one at home and save a lot of money :P

@Smita - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Smita! :D

@DG - Haha….time to cook now! :D The fried anchovies are amazing, right? I love them too.

Adrian @ Food Rehab  on April 8th, 2010

I like the addition of the crab sticks and anchovies- salty and somewhat sweet. This just made me hungry…even after my dinner! :)

Joanne  on April 8th, 2010

I can tell that this has an awesome texture. And so many great ingredients. What a good recipe!

Mary  on April 8th, 2010

@Adrian - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Adrian! Haha…time to cook and have it for supper :D

@Joanne - Thanks very much, Joanne! :D

Simply Life  on April 8th, 2010

fried rice is always so good and this looks wonderful!

Vinolia  on April 8th, 2010

Pleasant compliments from your daughter!!!what more would a mother expect, right? hahah

I love this, nice combination of ingredients and looks perfect!!! mouthwatering dishes as always!!!

Wendy  on April 8th, 2010

That looks so delicious Mary… I wish you lived near me - I’d be popping round….. just as you were serving up!

penny aka jeroxie  on April 8th, 2010

My mouth is watering. I should try using crab sticks next time too.

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on April 8th, 2010

Aw, your daughter is so sweet and lovely. Give her a high5!

Fried rice is one of my family’s favourite dish as well. Easy and yummy. Best of all, it helps clean away the leftovers in my fridge.
The homemade fried rice is the best because we can add as many ingredients as we like.

tasteofbeirut  on April 8th, 2010

Wow! Another great idea for fried rice! Thanks again my friend~Can’t wait to try at least one of them!

Mary  on April 8th, 2010

Fried rice is a favorite of ours. I love the crab and anchovies you have added to yours. Mine is made with vegetables and we call it Yangzhou Fried Rice. It is on my blog if you’d like to take a look at it. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

The Kitchen Masochist  on April 8th, 2010

I’ve never heard of Malaysian Country Fried Rice. Is this something that made soley in the home, not served in restaurants?

Where are the chillis? I can’t imagine a Malaysian dish without them! ;)

Whenever I eat out, I alway ask for a “doggie bag” if I can’t finish it. I paid for it with my hard-earned money and it’s just right that I take the rest of it home. Also, I hate wasting/throwing food. I don’t care if they say it’s not proper or classy.

Mary  on April 8th, 2010

@Simply Life - Thanks very much! :D

@Vinolia - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Vinolia! :D Haha….I just think my daughter is cute for her comments…..normal for children to think that way :D

@Wendy - Haha…would be so lovely if you stay near me :D Our cooking are so different, we can really exchange and enjoy food to the fullest and talk endlessly about our cultures and part of the world. Just hope we don’t gain weight…LOL

@penny aka jeroxie - Yes, give a try. Jeannie was right. The crispy crab sticks were really delicious :D

@Christine@Christine’s Recipes - Haha…I’m still amused by her comment…very innocent and cute :D I have not been very good in using up left overs but now I have become smarter…add to fried rice like what you said. I think there’ll be more ingredients than rice then :D

@tasteofbeirut - Thanks very much! Have fun cooking. Hope you like it :D

@Mary - Thanks very much for mentioning your Yangzhou Fried Rice, Mary! :D I remember that. It looks very delicious. I’ll add your link again here.

@The Kitchen Masochist - These days a lot of restaurants, especially Malaysian restaurants try to make this but so far I have not tasted really nice ones. Anchovies are expensive and so very little are used. I added a lot cos I really like the crispy anchovies in my fried rice. Chilies? I didn’t add it into the rice this time. You can add chilies to it to fry together or you can just have some freshly chopped chilies at the side. Usually if I have another spicy dish to go with it, then I don’t make the fried rice spicy. Me, too, usually we ask to take left overs home and they’ll put in a microwaveable box for us. I hate wasting food too. Like you said…hard-earned money. We need to eat good food, but eat smart :D Adding your Thai Fried Rice link here

Angie  on April 8th, 2010

That looks so delicious, for some reason, I only thought American’s ate fried rice :)

Trissa  on April 8th, 2010

Mary! This reminds me of the fried rice we have in the Philippines… I would put fried garlic chips, so adobo flakes and a fried egg!

Namitha  on April 8th, 2010

I love fried rice..such a comforting meal :-)

Kathy Gori  on April 8th, 2010

This looks wonderful Mary. I love friend rice recipes and I’m going to have to try yours.I totally agree restaurant prices can be insane. I just ran that British price through US money..and yikes! For fried rice? Better and cheaper at home.

Devaki  on April 8th, 2010

Dear Mary - All your food looks wonderful. Just one problem - I could eat everything you cook till I am as big as a house.

I mean you’re cooking things with sambal and ketcap mjanis & the stuff that makes me drooool!

I am so glad I bumped into your blog & I’LL BE BACK FOR MORE!!!

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Michelle @ Find Your Balance  on April 8th, 2010

Ooh, you had me at ‘anchovies.’ I just love making fried rice - though I have to say my husband makes it better than I do!

Mary  on April 8th, 2010

@Angie - Thanks very much, Angie! Fried rice is very popular in Asian countries, sold in restaurants all over. I guess it’s an international dish :D

@Trissa - Thanks very much for sharing, Trissa! I would love to try that. I am making myself hungry now…haha :D

@Namitha - Totally agree with you…such a comforting food :D

@Kathy Gori - Thanks very much, Kathy! Yes, restaurant prices are really insane….just the right word to use! We better work hard to promote home cooked food on the food blogosphere :D

@Devaki - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Devaki! Haha…I’m so amused by your description :D You are so funny! Would love to see you back.

@Michelle @ Find Your Balance - Thanks for visiting and lovely comment, Michelle! I think I must send my husband to learn from yours :P My hubby only enjoys eating.

Faith  on April 8th, 2010

What a sweet comment from your daughter! This dish looks really delicious, Mary! I bet the crab sticks and fried anchovies taste so good together!

Juliana  on April 8th, 2010

Mary, I should not be hungry, but looking at you fried rice pictures my mouth is watering, looks soooo tasty :-)

msmeanie  on April 8th, 2010

awww…your daughter sounds lovely! She is very sweet for offering to help you. The rice looks great too.

Roti n Rice  on April 8th, 2010

I just made fried rice this afternoon for my boys as they are now on spring break. They both love fried rice and it is kind of a comfort food for them. I throw in whatever I have….so simple yet so tasty.

Eating out is really expensive and I guess that is why we all cook so much. Great to share recipes so that we never get bored eating the same thing :)

Drick  on April 8th, 2010

great looking dish, love any kind of rice - never seen crab sticks before - what kind of legs do they come from? …oh, don’t tell hubby how easy cooking is, never let him take it for granted…. throw some flour on your face and tell him you’ve been cooking all day

Stacy  on April 8th, 2010

ooh, those fried anchovies look absolutely delicious!

thatssoron  on April 8th, 2010

slurp! yummi

theUngourmet  on April 9th, 2010

What a nice fried rice recipe. The crab sticks look like a delicious addition!

tigerfish  on April 9th, 2010

Hmmmm….smelling your fried rice…so so fragrant with the fried ikan bilis….*gobbles*

Mary  on April 9th, 2010

@Faith - Haha…I’m still amused at my daughter’s comment! :D I think that’s what children often think about their parents.

@Juliana - Haha….time to cook and eat another round :P

@msmeanie - Haha…she’s just sweet…makes me feel good as a mother, even though I’m not that good! :D

@Roti n Rice - It must be fun cooking for boys cos they can really eat :D I have 2 girls and they can be quite picky so I can’t cook a lot each time. I think living overseas make us better cooks…to save money and to eat the type of food that we like :D

@Drick - Hahaha…Drick, you should have told me earlier. I did just the opposite…boasted to him how simple it is and how much I have helped him saved! LOL Will do that next time. I’ll have a good workout at the gym too so that I’ll be sweating all over…haha :D Gosh…I’m having stomach cramps laughing! By the way, crab sticks are not actually crab meat. They are made from surimi fish which is another question for me. But they are delicious. Give a try if you see them. You can even eat it right from the packet.

@Stacy - Thanks very much, Stacy! :D

@thatssoron - Thanks very much! :D

@theUngourmet - Thanks very much! :D

@tigerfish - We are real ikan bilis lovers! :D

Kristen Doyle  on April 9th, 2010

I have made fried rice before but this is looks amazing. Will have to try crab sticks the next time I make fried rice. Thanks for sharing!

blessedhomemaker  on April 10th, 2010

My fried rice usually consist of whatever balance I can find in my fridge/freezer. Like you, I like to add more greens so my family gets to eat more vegetables. Sometimes, I use mixed frozen vegetables/cucumber but green beans win them all. And anchovies is a must have too!

I’ve never tried cooking fried rice with soy sauce, I usually add salt and fish sauce. Will try it one day.

Mary  on April 10th, 2010

@Kristen Doyle - Thanks for visiting and lovely comment, Kristen! :D Give a try. I really like the crispy crab sticks.

@blessedhomemaker - Thanks very much for sharing! :D Next time I will try with fish sauce and salt. We do seem to share similar taste…yeah :D And totally agree with you that fried rice is a good way to use up left overs in the fridge.

Tuty @Scentofspice  on April 10th, 2010

I never tried frying the crab sticks. This is a very good idea.

I like fried rice so much that I can eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Your daughter did a fantastic job.

Belinda @zomppa  on April 14th, 2010

Tuty - I could too! I’m so hungry.

joylicious  on April 15th, 2010

Okay this is the most ridiculously delicious plate of fried rice I’ve ever seen — I want to bury my face into it and inhale. I know I say that a lot but honestly, how can I not when you make dishes like this?

Mary  on April 16th, 2010

@Tuty @Scentofspice - Give a try on fried crab sticks….delicious! I think if I am busy, I will cook this for breakfast, lunch and dinner…haha. Or, my daughter has to take over :P

@Belinda @zomppa - Time to do more cooking! :D

@joylicious - Haha….you are always so funny, Joy! :D I know you will like this one :P

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