Here in the Philippines, we often hear our friends say, “Rice is life.” We often find it funny because there are some grains of truth in it! It mirrors the importance of rice in our everyday lives. I don’t know about you, but for me, a dish is not a proper meal without rice!

Of course, plain rice is the staple. But we can also get creative and elevate the humble rice by adding other ingredients. Fried rice is practical when you are short on budget and can’t afford a filling cut of protein. You just cook it with the available ingredients you have at home. For those on a budget or just feeling “extra”, here are some fried rice recipe inspirations aside from the regular garlic fried rice.


Adobo Fried Rice

Of course, it seems that nothing can separate Pinoys from their love for Adobo.

Tastemade‘s version of adobo fried rice includes white rice, shredded cooked chicken, garlic, chili pepper, soy sauce, and vinegar. You can find the complete list of ingredients and the steps for cooking in the description box.

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Bagoong Fried Rice

Shrimp paste or bagoong is common in Southeast Asian cuisines. Bagoong rice is also a popular rice option in restaurant menus in the Philippines. LittleChef Asia‘s version of bagoong rice requires shallots (onion), onion leeks, carrots, chorizo sausage, chicharon, eggs, salt, pepper, garlic, shrimp paste, tomato, green mango, and spring onion.

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Aligue Fried Rice

Aligue or crab fat is another favorite rice options offered by Filipino restaurants. Living in the Moment presents her aligue fried rice with these ingredients: shrimp, eggs, crab paste, lemon juice, garlic, white sugar, black pepper, to season the shrimp, salt, spring onion, smoked paprika annato (atsuete) powder, and grapeseed oil. You can check the measurements for ingredients in the description box.

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Tinapa Fried Rice

Tinapa is a Filipino native delicacy and is typically served in provincial households. Nadia Montenegro‘s channel showcases her version of tinapa fried rice. The ingredients are tinapa flakes, eggs, tomatoes, garlic, chives, onion, pepper, salt, and fish sauce. You might also want to use salted eggs instead of scrambled eggs or you can use both.

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Japanese Fried Rice (Yakimeshi)

No Recipes prepares his version of yakimeshi or Japanese fried rice. To prepare this, you need eggs, ham, sesame oil, scallions (spring onion), soy sauce, salt, black pepper, and short-grain rice (or what’s available).

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Indonesian Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng)

Nasi Goreng literally means “fried rice”. Adam Liaw not only shows us how he prepares his version of nasi goreng but also explains the process. For the ingredients, he has cucumber, tomato, onion, garlic, shrimp paste, red chili, string beans, shrimp, chicken, egg, sweetened soy sauce, and kerupuk (prawn cracker).

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Yang Chow Fried Rice

Yang Chow fried rice is a staple in Chinese restaurants. Foodie Pinoy features her version using luncheon meat, onion, carrots, spring onion, eggs, and soy sauce. The complete list of ingredients and the cooking steps are found in the description box of the video.

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Kimchi Fried Rice

Kimchi is customary in Korean meals. It’s rare not to find kimchi in Korean restaurants. Easy Peasy Pan account present its version of kimchi fried rice. The complete list of ingredients can be found in the description box, but here’s a quick rundown: chicken breast, gochujang, kimchi, sesame oil, green onion, garlic, kimchi juice, egg, and seasonings.

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Shawarma Fried Rice

Mike and Len Channel teaches us how to prepare homemade beef shawarma rice. You can replace beef with chicken or you can skip the meat altogether. What I like about the video is it also shows you how to prepare the white sauce or the garlic sauce and yellow rice (using atsuete and salted butter). For the shawarma, ingredients are beef, salt, pepper, cumin powder, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumber, soy sauce, and onions. For the sauce, the ingredients are all-purpose cream, mayonnaise, calamansi juice, garlic, salt, and pepper.

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5 Veggie Fried Rice Recipes (Lemon, Pineapple & More)

In this Veggie Recipe House video, you’ll find six fried rice recipes (five of which are fried rice) that vegetable lovers will appreciate. You may skip other ingredients or use available products or items as alternative ingredients.

  • Vegetable Fried Rice x 2
  • Tawa Pulao (Indian Dish)
  • Pineapple Fried Rice
  • Lemon Fried Rice

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