This spam yang chow fried rice is a quick and easy recipe you can make in less than 15 minutes! The luncheon meat is stir-fried in hoisin sauce to give it a hint of char siew flavor then stir-fried with egg and day-old rice to bring it all together.
What you need
Turn a simple spam fried rice to a whole nother level of deliciousness using these simple ingredients:
- Spam – or your favorite luncheon meat brand. It doesn’t have to be spam.
- Day-old rice – for a less mushy fried rice. More tips below!
- Hoisin Sauce and Oyster Sauce – add a hint of Chinese BBQ flavor to the spam/luncheon meat and rice.
- Chicken Powder – is an easy and convenient seasoning that makes any fried rice dish flavorful! It’s what most Chinese restaurants use to make their fried rice. Don’t tell anyone ok? 🙂
- Garlic and green onions (scallions) – adds flavor and color. I don’t recommend skipping these two!
- Eggs – make any fried rice dish an all-in-one meal.
How to make Spam fried rice Yang Chow style
I’m calling this level up spam fried rice and you’re going to love how easy it comes together!
Prepare all the ingredients beforehand for smoother cooking workflow. Start by slicing spam into small cubes. Slice the onion leaves, and garlic; beat the eggs in a bowl.
Saute sliced green onions and garlic together in hot oil to release the flavor and aroma. Be careful not to burn the garlic. You don’t want any bitter flavor in your fried rice.
Add the bits of spam/luncheon meat. Cook until lightly toasted. Pour 1 tablespoon of hoisin sauce and stir until each piece is coated.
Make a well in the center. Pour half of the beaten egg. Then quickly add the day-old rice.
Combining liquid egg and rice is the key to making a yang chow fried rice.
Pour hoisin sauce and oyster sauce. Sprinkle the chicken powder directly into the rice. Stir until combined. This step helps infuse the flavor of the seasonings to each of the rice granules.
Push the rice to the side of the wok. Add a little bit of oil and shift the wok over the heat. Pour the remaining egg. Cook, it through. Add the remaining green scallions then stir into the eggs and rice.
Remove from the heat and serve immediately! I love having my fried rice with chili oil and pickled green chili. How about you?
Can I use freshly cooked rice for fried rice?
Yes and Yes! To use freshly cooked rice for fried rice, dry it by spreading it on a heatproof tray before cooking. If you’re in a hurry, put it under a fan until it cools.
Can I substitute chicken powder with chicken bouillon?
Chicken bouillon is a good substitute for chicken powder. To use it, you must dilute it in hot water before using it. Half chicken bouillon cube is enough to season 4 cups of fried rice.
Watch how to make Spam Yang Chow Fried Rice
Love hoisin sauce? Try these recipes!
- Pork Bun Filling (for steamed and baked buns)
- Homemade Beef Pares
- Asian-Style Pulled Pork
- Sweet and Spicy Butter Shrimp
Spam Yang Chow Fried Rice
- 3 tbsp oil
- 6 oz / half can Spam (or any luncheon meat)
- 2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
- 1/2 cup green onions (divided)
- 4 cups day-old rice
- 4 eggs (beaten, divided)
- 2 tbsp hoisin sauce (divided)
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- 2 tsp chicken powder (or half chicken bouillon diluted in 2 tbsp hot water)
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- Prepare all the ingredients. Start by slicing spam into small cubes. Slice the onion leaves, and garlic; beat the eggs in a bowl.
- Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan. Add garlic and green onions. Stir-fry until fragrant. Add the cubes of spam. Cook until lightly brown. Pour 1 tablespoon of hoisin sauce and stir until each piece is coated. Make a well in the center. Pour half of the beaten egg then quickly stir-in the day-old rice.
- Pour remaining hoisin sauce, oyster sauce and sprinkle the chicken powder directly into the rice. Stir until combined.
- Push the rice to the side of the wok. Add a little bit of oil and shift the wok over the heat. Pour the remaining egg. Cook, it through. Add the remaining green scallions then stir into the eggs and rice. Season with salt and pepper as needed. Remove from the heat and serve immediately!
Recipe Notes and Tips:
- If using freshly cooked rice, dry it by spreading it on a heatproof tray before cooking. If you’re in a hurry, put it under a fan until it cools.
- Vegetables – is optional but if you want to up your vegetables, use frozen mixed vegetables or sliced cabbage for convenience. You can also use fresh broccoli, cauliflower, and pak choi/bok choi! Cut into pieces then blanch in hot water before stir-frying with the meat for a softer texture.
- Chicken Powder can be substituted with chicken bouillon. Dilute it in hot water before using it. Note: Cook the fried rice a bit longer if using diluted chicken bouillon to allow the liquid to evaporate before doing step 4.
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