Billy's special fried rice

Billy's special fried rice

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Billy Law

Fried rice is a no-brainer and I trust everyone knows how to cook a good fried rice. But instead of using the usual frozen peas, prawns and thin strips of ham, try to create your own version and use ingredients that are a little different: salted fish, lap cheong, salted radish, fish cake slices or even century egg — the possibilities are endless! This is my version that I like to cook — something a little bit fancy for a special occasion such as Lunar New Year.


Quantity Ingredient
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 lap cheong sausages, thinly sliced
6 scallops, roe removed, cut into small cubes
2 eggs, mixed with 3 tablespoons water, lightly beaten
750g cold cooked jasmine rice, (see note)
150g frozen peas
1 large carrot, peeled and cut into small cubes
3 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 tablespoon dark soy caramel
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
20g tobiko roe, (see note)


  1. Heat half of the vegetable oil in a wok over high heat. Add the garlic and stir-fry until fragrant. Add the lap cheong and scallops and stir-fry for 1 minute until the sausages are slightly crisp and the scallops are just cooked through. Remove and set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in the wok over high heat. Pour in the egg mixture and leave to fry on one side. While the egg is still a little runny on top, add the rice, peas and carrot to cover the egg, then turn the heat down to medium. Give everything a gentle stir with a spatula, so that some of the fried egg coats the rice. Add the soy sauce, dark soy caramel, sesame oil and white pepper, and stir-fry until the rice is well coated. Return the lap cheong and scallops to the wok, toss to combine, then remove the wok from the heat.
  3. Place the tobiko roe in the bottom of a large serving bowl, then fill the bowl to the brim with the fried rice. Place an upside-down serving plate over the bowl, then carefully pick up both the plate and bowl and flip it over. Remove the bowl.


  • Fried rice is best made with cold rice that has been stored in the refrigerator overnight. Avoid using freshly cooked rice, as this contains a lot of moisture and will result in gluggy fried rice.

    Tobiko roe, also known as flying fish roe, is commonly used in sushi. It can be found in most Asian grocers.
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