|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 2 to 4|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 17g||22%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||9%|
|Total Carbohydrate 46g||17%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
|Total Sugars 1g|
|Vitamin C 2mg||8%|
|*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.|
Belacan fried rice is one of the simplest fried rice recipes that you can find. How good it is (how complex the flavors are) depends largely on the quality of the shrimp paste used.
As with any fried rice dish, it is best to use day-old rice which has dried out a bit. If the rice is still wet, the fried rice will turn out soggy no matter how long you stir-fry it. Long-grain rice is ideal for fried rice.
The string beans can be substituted with celery or French beans—in fact, any crunchy, non-leafy vegetable will do just as well.
"This wonderful fried rice came together very quickly. It was extremely flavorful, and I loved the combination of dried shrimp and belacan. I served this as a side dish but could easily have had this as a main instead. I’ll definitely make this again and top it with lots of thinly sliced scallions." —Diana Andrews
1/2 cup dried shrimp
1/4 cup cooking oil
1/2 cup diced string beans
1 tablespoon belacan or dried shrimp paste
4 cups day-old rice
1 to 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
Salt, to taste
Gather the ingredients.
Place the dried shrimp in a shallow bowl. Pour in just enough water to cover. Leave to soak for 20 to 30 minutes or until fully rehydrated.
Drain and set aside.
In a wok or frying pan, heat one tablespoonful of cooking oil. Stir-fry the diced string beans over high heat for a minute or two, just until a bit underdone. Scoop out and set aside.
Crumble or chop the belacan as finely as you can.
Pour the remaining 3 tablespoons of cooking oil into the pan. Fry the dried shrimp and the belacan together, stirring continuously.
When the dried shrimp turn crispy and slightly brown, and the belacan smells fragrant, add the rice and partially cooked string beans. Stir fry for about two minutes or until the rice is heated through.
Push the fried rice to the sides of the pan to make a well in the center. Pour in the beaten egg. Stir the egg in a circular motion until set at the bottom but still very wet on top.
Incorporate the egg into the rice by stirring in a spiral with the circle getting wider until the egg has been mixed into the rice.
Turn off the heat. Taste the fried rice. Add salt, if needed. Stir a few more times before serving.
- This fried rice is delicious served with some diced bird eye chiles in soy sauce and sliced raw cucumbers.