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Special Fried Brown Rice (Yangchow Fried Rice)

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Special fried rice, every so often named Yangchow fried rice, is virtually a feast in itself. This is a very popular Chinese-style wok fried rice dish in many Chinese restaurants all over the world. Yangchow fried rice is one of the most important and most widespread Chinese cuisine. Normally, either long grain white rice or fragrant rice is used in this dish. For my gluten free version of this special fried rice, I am using brown rice which has a distinctive nutty flavour and I have made this dish soy free as well.

Ingredients vary according to the chef’s preferences, but typical staple ingredients are cooked rice, prawns, barbecue pork (char siu) or Chinese sausage (Lap Cheong), spring onions (scallions) and vegetables like peas, carrots, corns are used, plus eggs. In my gluten free special fried brown rice, I am using minced chicken, Plumrose gluten free shoulder ham, peas and spring onions. There are two ways of cooking the eggs, one method is to fry the beaten eggs into an omelette and thinly cut it into strips and serve as garnish. Another method is to scramble the beaten eggs, then add and mix in with the rice during the last stage of cooking. I am using the first method of cooking the eggs, just so that it is easier for anyone with egg allergy to exclude eggs from the dish.

 

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Yangzhou fried rice’s original recipe was created as far back as 589 – 618 A.D., during the Sui dynasty. It has its origins in the city of Yangzhou, eastern Jiangsu province in China. This recipe was created by Qing China’s Yi Bingshou in 1754 – 1815 and named Yangzhou fried rice because Yi was formally the provincial magistrate of Yangzhou.

Brown rice is not only low Glycemic Index (GI), it also has many nutritional benefits. The side hulls and brans are rich in proteins, manganese, thiamine, potassium, calcium, magnesium and fiber. It is also rich in selenium, reducing risks of cancer, heart disease and arthritis. Brown rice is also excellent for weight management due to its high fiber content, making you feel fully by consuming smaller amount of rice. The most astonishing fact is that brown rice is very rich in antioxidant, it can be considered highly nutritious as having the same ranking as many superfoods like strawberries, berries, kale and other types of fruits and vegetables. Compared to white rice, it requires shorter cooking times and is more digestible. White rice looks better than brown rice as it has been heavily refined, removing all the essential nutrients. Eventhough manufacturers enrich white rice with artificial enrichments in the form of artificial vitamins and iron, it still does not adequately provide for the smallest nutritional standards required for each serving of food.

 

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