Shrimp Fried Rice (Chau Fan)
Unless you’re shopping in a Chinatown liquor store, it’s hard to find a good-quality white rice wine. Most supermarkets and even Chinese food markets offer only “cooking wines,” and these tend to be of poor quality. If that’s all you can find, use gin instead.
2 Tbs. soy sauce
2 Tbs. Chinese white rice wine or gin
1 Tbs. oyster sauce
2 tsp. granulated sugar
2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
3/4 tsp. table salt; more to taste
White pepper, freshly ground if possible
3 large eggs
3 Tbs. peanut oil
1-1/2 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
1-1/2 Tbs. minced garlic (3 to 4 cloves)
1/2 lb. shrimp, shelled, deveined, and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
3 cups cooked extra-long-grain white rice, at room temperature (from 1 cup raw rice)
3 scallions, trimmed, white and green parts finely sliced (to yield 1/2 cup)
Tip:If possible, use leftover rice and bring it to room temperature. If using freshly made rice, let it cool first.
In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, rice wine or gin, oyster sauce, sugar, sesame oil, 1/2 tsp. salt, and a pinch of white pepper. In another small bowl, beat the eggs with 1/4 tsp. salt and a pinch of white pepper. Heat a 12-inch skillet or large wok over high heat for 45 seconds. Swirl 1 Tbs. of the peanut oil in the pan to coat the bottom. Add the eggs and scramble them gently with a spatula as they cook until they’re still a little soft and loose. Remove from the heat and cut the egg into small pieces with the spatula; it will finish cooking as you do this. Transfer to a bowl.
Wipe the pan and spatula clean with paper towels. Heat the pan over high heat for 45 seconds. Pour in the remaining 2 Tbs. peanut oil and swirl to coat the pan. Add the ginger and garlic. Stir constantly with the spatula until the garlic is light brown, about 10 seconds. Immediately add the shrimp; stir constantly until it’s opaque, about 1 minute. Add the cooked rice. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to low. Stir the soy sauce mixture and then drizzle it over the rice. Stir well to completely coat the rice and mix the ingredients. Add the scrambled egg and mix well. Add the scallions and mix well. Taste and add salt if necessary. Transfer the rice to a bowl and serve.
nutrition information (per serving):
based on six servings;
Photo: Scott Phillips
Love this rice! My husband requests it weekly. And the Mirin tip from another review was quite helpful and worked perfectly.
This is a very good recipe and is one of my favorites. It's the perfect base for a variety of fried rice dishes. The sauce makes this dish taste authentic, unlike a lot of recipes for fried rice that just use soy sauce. For the rice wine, I have used mirin or dry sherry. Since the mirin is sweet, I skip the sugar when I use it. When using the sherry, I add the amount of sugar listed in the recipe. The recipe comes together quickly so everything needs to be ready to go. I think the recipe is best when using leftover rice that has been in the fridge. I tried it with rice cooked the same day and cooled but thought the texture was a little soft. Another thing that I do differently is add fresh grated ginger to the sauce rather than adding it to the wok with the garlic. I keep ginger in the freezer and grate it frozen with my microplane zester/grater.