Belacan Fried Rice

I made this dish for the sole purpose of feeding 25 people at a BBQ. I was kind of anxious because I hadn’t cooked for so many people in the longest time. What if it tasted like arse? What will I do with the leftovers? Oh, wait, that’s easy: there’re always poor scientists at the lab to give scraps to.

Also, I figured it was relatively easy to cook up. My grandma taught me how to fry rice before I left for university. I didn’t eat a lot of fried rice at university, but I guess it’s useful now! Thanks, Phor!

I didn’t follow any specific recipe just because my granny also doesn’t, but bear in mind these portions are for 25 people at a party who also had other things to eat, so you might want to divide the recipe by 3 if you want to make enough for 2-3 people for a simple lunch or dinner. I was also rather generous with the components of the fried rice. Some people only bother putting in peas and carrots and one prawn. I find that very irritating. I mean, really – eat properly!

Grandma’s Belacan Fried Rice
Serves 20-25 not-so-hungry people, will serve 10 hungry people

3 cups rice from the night before (this is very important as you don’t want mushy fried rice)
700g chicken breast meat, shredded
400g peeled prawns, whole
6 pieces of fish cake, chopped (optional. I added this out of generosity)
3 onions, diced
6 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
6 eggs
Half a packet of sambal belacan paste (I use some local brand I found at NTUC)
2 packets of anchovy fried rice powder
Half a cup corn oil to begin with
As much chilli as you want
Half a pack of frozen vegetables (corn, peas and carrots). Thaw in water before cooking.
5 tbsp soy sauce

Note: if cooking for this many people, you might want to cook in separate batches just so you don’t overwhelm your wok (and yourself).

  1. Grease the wok generously with some corn oil. You won’t want the rice sticking unceremoniously. The wok needs to be hot for a good fry also.
  2. Fry the garlic and onions until golden brown
  3. Fry the chicken, eggs and prawns with the garlic and onion until golden brown
  4. Put in the sambal belacan and stir until it coats the rest of the ingredients evenly
  5. Put the rice in. Grease the rice with some more corn oil as the oil will have been absorbed by the meats at this point.
  6. Mix well!
  7. Once you see the rice beginning to cook with the heat, add the fish cake and some soy sauce according to your tastes. Turn the heat down at this point! I don’t like much soy sauce so I found 5 tbsps for such a large portion was enough.
  8. Add the fried rice powder.
  9. Mix well!
  10. Add the frozen veggies to the mix, allowing it to blend in with the rest. Don’t worry if it’s still cold; it will heat up in the rice.

 

It really is quite easy, but I find that fried rice is largely dependent on the person cooking it, and that it is an accurate reflection of the cook because it’s such a versatile dish and you can add absolutely anything you want. Guests remarked that my fried rice was “quite nice” and “quite spicy” ha ha.

Happy eating!

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