Vietnamese-Style Fried Rice

Vietnamese-Style Fried Rice

The Spruce / Christine Ma

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 3 to 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
813 Calories
14g Fat
143g Carbs
28g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 813
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 78mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 143g 52%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Protein 28g
Calcium 164mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Fact: Every cuisine in Southeast Asia has been influenced by the Chinese in one or more ways.

Fact: Vietnamese cooking–with its sweet, spicy, salty, sour, and bitter flavors–is heavily influenced by the Wu Xing philosophy with each flavor corresponding with earth, metal, water, wood, and fire, respectively, or the Five Elements.

From those two facts alone, it is easy to glean how much Chinese cuisine has influenced Vietnamese cooking.

When it comes to fried rice, is there a difference between Chinese and Vietnamese fried rice? Yes, there is. Vietnamese fried rice has milder flavors because of its seasonings.

In this recipe, the sweetness of the lap cheong (dried fatty Chinese sausage) and the barbecued pork, and the saltiness of the fish sauce are balanced by a bit of lime juice.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 eggs (beaten with a drizzle of fish sauce)
  • 1 stalk lemongrass (white portion only) (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 shallots (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup carrot (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup sweet peas (if using frozen, thaw completely)
  • 1 lap cheong (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup barbecued pork (thin strips)
  • 3 cups rice (cold cooked jasmine or other long-grain ricenot newly-cooked rice–rubbed to separate the grains)
  • Dash fish sauce (to taste)
  • 1/2 tablespoon lime juice (juice of a quarter of lime)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (or lemon basil or mint, to garnish)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Vietnamese-Style Fried Rice ingredients

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  2. Heat the peanut oil in a wok or frying pan over medium-high heat.

    Heat the peanut oil in a wok

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  3. Pour in the beaten eggs. Cook, swirling often to form a flat egg pancake, just until set.

    egg cooking in a wok

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  4. Scoop out egg pancake and transfer to a cutting board.

    egg on a cutting board

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  5. Over medium heat, saute the lemongrass, garlic, and shallots until softened and aromatic.

    saute the lemongrass, garlic, and shallots in a wok

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  6. Turn up the heat, add the chopped carrot and sweet peas, and stir fry for half a minute.

    add the chopped carrot and sweet peas to the mixture in the wok

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  7. Add the sliced lap cheong and the barbecued pork. Stir fry for about a minute.

    Add the sliced lap cheong and the barbecued pork to the mixture in the wok

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  8. Add the rice. Pour in about a teaspoonful of fish sauce. Stir fry until the rice is heated through. Turn off the heat.

    add rice and fish sauce to the mixture in the wok

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  9. Roll up the egg like a cigar and cut into thin slices.

    roll up and slice the egg

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  10. Add egg slices to the rice. Toss. Squeeze the lime quarter over the fried rice. Toss a few more times.

    eggs and lime juice added to rice mixture

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  11. Serve hot; garnished with cilantro, lemon basil, or mint, or all three.

    Vietnamese-Style Fried Rice

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