Known amongst Filipinos as the go-to chain for one’s Chinese fast food fix, Chowking makes one mean chao fan that’s widely considered one of their most popular orders—and with good reason. It’s a fairly simple dish to make, making this Chinese fried rice an easy thing to fix for lunch or even just as a snack after a grueling day. The secret ingredient here is the curry and chili powder which bring a bit of zingy spiciness and blend well with any ground meat of your choice—breakfast sausage in the morning if you prefer—and some veggies like the classic bell pepper, carrots and onions to give you some added nutrition. The silky beaten eggs add more protein to this dish, making for a surprisingly filling mouthful that’s delicious even on its own. It’s a great way to use up yesterday’s rice as well!
Chowking-Style Chao Fan Recipe
- 6-8 cups Cooked Rice
- ¼ cup Choice of Meat (ground beef, ground chicken meat, or finely chopped breakfast sausage)
- 2 tbsp Garlic, chopped finely
- 1 medium Onion, chopped finely
- 1 medium sized Bell pepper, chopped finely
- ¼ cup Carrots, chopped finely
- 1 tsp Chili Powder
- 1 tsp Curry Powder
- 2 tsp Chopped Green Onion
- 2 Eggs, beaten
- 3 tbsp Cooking Oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- On a skillet, saute finely chopped garlic in oil until golden brown. Make sure that your fire is set to medium heat.
- Add finely chopped onion and stir until translucent.
- Add your meat of choice (beef or chicken or chopped sausage) and stir occasionally until cooked.
- Put chopped bell pepper and carrots, salt and pepper and continue stirring.
- Add chili powder and curry powder and mix until evenly distributed.
- Add your cooked rice and mix until slightly brown.
- Add beaten eggs and stir until it becomes completely distributed and cooked.
- Stir in your green onion right before serving. Serve hot and enjoy!
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