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Malaysian Fried Rice Recipes

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Malaysian Fried Rice

A touch of Asian delicacy

A touch of Asian delicacy

Malaysian Staple Food

Malaysia has a melting pot culture from different races. Hence, it is no wonder that Malaysia has a wide variety of staple food which are commonly eaten anytime of the day.

The most common and popular food with Malaysians is Nasi Goreng which literally means Fried Rice.

It is usually a combination of overnight cold rice stir fried with basic ingredients such as vegetables, meat or seafood and various sauces or paste to enhance different flavors.

Although Fried Rice is usually eaten for lunch and dinner, some Malay and Chinese families have it in the morning for breakfast.

Consuming Fried Rice in the morning makes one stomach feel fuller which could sometimes last till tea time or lunch time.

Fried Rice is full of carbohydrates and provides a great source energy for people who uses manual strength during work. Some may find it too heavy for breakfast while other families must have it almost everyday similarly to Western people have toast bread for breakfast.

What Makes Fried Rice So Tasty

Type of sauces used for Fried Rice

  1. For those who prefer spicy dishes, you could add in spicy sauce such as sambal (shrimp paste) to enhance the fried rice spicy flavor.
  2. If you want something healthier, open up a can of tuna and toss them into the fried rice for more Omega3 nutrients, swirl in a little light soy sauce and dash of pepper to enhance the flavor.
  3. Tom Yum paste is popular among the local Malays as they are less spicy than sambal paste. It has the euthentic taste of lemon grass with chilli bean paste aka Thai sauce.

Below are some Fried Rice recipes from different races; Malay, Chinese, Vegetarian and Indian.

Basic Ingredients for Fried Rice

Fried rice is a wholesome meal by itself. Some people may use overnight white rice or brown rice.

You can add in all sorts of ingredients into the wok mixing together while frying the overnight rice.

Anything that you can find in your refrigerator, for example;

  • meat (pork, beef, chicken, turkey, ham , mutton )
  • prawns (shrimps, squids, scallops )
  • anchovies ( tuna, mackerel in canned )
  • mix vegetables or green leaf vegetables ( cabbage, mustard greens, bean sprouts )
  • fishcakes
  • Vegetarian food ( meatball )

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1. Tuna and Luncheon Meat Fried Rice

Simply delicious combination of tuna and luncheon meat

Simply delicious combination of tuna and luncheon meat

Basic ingredients

luncheon meat cut into cubes

luncheon meat cut into cubes

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flakes of tuna

flakes of tuna

Carrot sticks, chopped garlic and long beans

Carrot sticks, chopped garlic and long beans

White rice, this is the main star in Fried Rice recipes

White rice, this is the main star in Fried Rice recipes

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

15 min

25 min

4 people


  • 400g cold rice, (overnight rice)
  • 150g tuna flakes, (slice/dice)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1stem spring onion, (chopped)
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 stick carrot, peeled and sliced
  • a couple long / snake beans, chopped
  • 1/2 can luncheon meat (SPAM), cubes

Seasoning Ingredients


  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp monosodium glutamate (optional)
  • 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • a few dash of pepper powder

Tuna in the can


  1. Heat up with 1tbsp oil. Stir fry garlic, carrots and snake beans until aromatic.
  2. Add in cold rice and seasoning except soy sauce. Keep stirring until almost dry.
  3. Pour in beaten egg in circle over the rice. Keep stirring.
  4. Add in tuna flakes and cubes of luncheon meats into the rice, toss and turn to spread out the tuna
  5. Add in soy sauce and spring onion.
  6. Stir for a couple of minutes. Serve hot.

2. Mixed Vegetables Fried Rice with Prawns

Mixed vegetables such as carrots, green peas or long beans and corn kernels are nutritious for kids

Mixed vegetables such as carrots, green peas or long beans and corn kernels are nutritious for kids

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  • 400g cold rice (overnight rice)
  • 150g medium prawns (remove shells, marinade with a little salt)
  • 1egg (beaten)
  • 3 cloves shallots (sliced and fried)
  • 1/2 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 stem spring onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup mix vegetables (peas, carrot, corn)


  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • a few dash pepper powder
  • 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp black sauce


  1. Heat up wok with 1tbsp oil. Fry garlic with mix vegetables.
  2. Add in prawns. Don't overcook them.
  3. Pour in cold rice and seasoning except soy sauce & black sauce. Keep stirring.
  4. Pour in beaten egg making a circle around the rice. Keep stirring.
  5. Add in both sauce, spring onion and fried shallots.
  6. Stir for a while. Serve hot.

3. Sambal ( Prawn Paste Spicy ) Fried Rice

Sambal Fried Rice

Sambal Fried Rice

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  • 400g cold rice
  • 50g shelled prawns
  • 50g chicken meat (diced)
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 50g mixed vegetables
  • 1 shallot (sliced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 3 tbsp sambal ( shrimp paste )
  • 1 red chilli (chopped)


  • 2 stems spring onion (chopped)
  • 3 tbsp fried shallots


  1. Heat up wok with 1tbsp oil. Fry shallots and garlic until fragrant.
  2. Add in chicken meat and prawns. Stir fry until aromatic.
  3. Pour in beaten egg slowly. Continue to stir-fry.
  4. Add in cold rice, mix vegetables, red chillies and sambal.
  5. Keep stirring until all combined and fragrant.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Sprinkle spring onion and fried shallots on top. Serve hot.

4. Pattaya Fried Rice ( Egg Wrapped Fried Rice )

Egg wrapped up fried rice

Egg wrapped up fried rice



  • 300g cooked rice
  • 50g shelled prawns
  • 3 stalks filament stick or fishcake (cubed)
  • 50g fish fillet or chicken meat
  • 2 tbsp mixed vegetables
  • 2 eggs (beaten)


  • 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp fish sauce (optional)
  • 1 tbsp TOM YAM paste
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder

Egg Skin

  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 tsp cornstarch


  1. To make egg skin, combine egg and cornstarch together. Beat well.
  2. Heat up frying pan with a little oil.
  3. Pour in egg mixture letting it spread around the pan like a pancake.
  4. Cook until golden brown both sides. Remove and set aside.
  5. Heat up 2tbsp oil. Pour in beaten egg slowly and stir fry to form into fluffy.
  6. Add in prawns, fishcake, chicken meat and seasoning.
  7. Stir fry until aromatic.
  8. Add in cooked rice and mixed vegetables.
  9. Keep stirring until slightly dry.
  10. Place egg skin into a bowl. Pour the rice on top. Wrap it up nicely.
  11. Overturn the bowl into a plate. Spread chill sauce on top. Serve hot.

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5. Fried Brown rice with nuts

Fried Brown rice with nuts for vegetarians

Fried Brown rice with nuts for vegetarians



  • 150g brown rice
  • 1egg (beaten)
  • 30g medlar seeds (soaked)-optional
  • Cashew nuts (roasted ) or Gingko nuts or roasted peanuts
  • 6 baby sweet corn / corn cobs (diced)
  • 200ml water


  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp light soy sauce (for later use)
  • 1/2 tsp chicken stock / cube / granules


  1. Wash brown rice. Pour in 200ml water. Cook until done.
  2. Remove rice and leave it to cool.
  3. Heat up 3tbsp oil in wok.
  4. Pour in beaten egg slowly, stir fry quickly to form into fluffly.
  5. Add in diced corn cobs, seasoning and cooked brown rice.
  6. Stir constantly until well combined.
  7. Lastly, add soy sauce and medlar seeds and nuts.
  8. Stir fry until rice aromatic. Serve hot.

Fried Rice Easy To Follow

Malaysia Nasi Lemak ( Coconut Milk Rice )


More Malaysian Style Recipes:

  • Malaysia Common Food: Nasi Lemak Recipe
    Nasi Lemak is also known as Coconut milk Rice in overseas. Many people in Asian countries love to eat nasi lemak in the morning for heavy breakfast or lunch. The secret to this recipe that makes it famous all over the world is the spicy sambal.
  • Asian Delight: Kung Pao Chicken Recipe
    Try my homemade Kung Pao Chicken for its' mild spicy, sweet and tasty chicken dish mix with firm tofu. Quick and easy dinner meal for small family, savory and authentic flavor
  • A Malaysian Style Burger Recipe
    Malaysian Burgers are street burgers, better than McD or KFC. They are cheaper, easy to prepare and tasty. RAMLI burger is the best burger in town with different flavor; beef, chicken or mutton
  • Stir Fry Noodles- Malaysian Style
    Stir fried instant noodles, also known as Fried Maggie mee is a popular meal to prepare at home and you can order it at any Mamak restaurant. Kids and adults love this dish , better than Fried noodles

© 2010 peachy


peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on June 30, 2015:

thanks thelma, i think asians fried rice comes in versatile taste

Thelma Alberts from Germany on June 30, 2015:

Those look delicious. I love fried rice and that´s what I mostly do when I have leftover rice. I have not tried making fried rice with nuts, sultanas or raisins. Thanks for sharing the recipes.

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on March 04, 2013:

thanks for reading my hub. Joey rice sounds unique. Could you make a hub about Joey Rice? Thanks

T Clovers from Southern California on March 04, 2013:

I love home made fried rice. My oldest son loved it so much, I named it Joey Rice. Now it's well known in our family. I'm definitely going to try your recipes.

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on January 29, 2013:

yes, i do like fried rice especially the tuna.

Susan from India on January 28, 2013:

Wow.. Good collection of easy to make recipes. All are looking very delicious and mouth watering.

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on January 17, 2013:

thanks for reading. Hope that you will enjoy the fried rice and let me know yr comments, k?

Mitch Turnure from South Jersey on January 17, 2013:

We will be trying some (or all) of these on our new wok. Nice, informative Hub.

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on December 31, 2012:


You will surely fall in love with these fried rice recipes. Easy to cook and save all the hassle of preparing side dishes.

Katia De Juan from Inverness, UK on December 31, 2012:

Oh my! These recipes look delicious! I can't wait to try all of them!! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipes. :)

Peter Geekie from Sittingbourne on May 12, 2012:

Dear Peachpurple - Thanks for your answer - I can create complex pharmaceutical and industrial compounds but can barely boil an egg. My beautiful wife is the talented chef in the household and she spolis me with wonderful cooking.

Kind regards Peter

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on May 12, 2012:

@peter geekie

Thanks for reading my hub. Glad to know someone who love Malaysian food. Do you cook on your own or eat outside all the time?

Peter Geekie from Sittingbourne on May 11, 2012:

Dear Peachpurple - Excellent recipes I love Malaysian food. Keep it up

Kind regards Peter

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on March 26, 2012:

thank you!!

mioluna on October 05, 2010:

I love rice! Yummmy! Now I have more variety recipes for cooking. Thank you for sharing peachpurple! Voting up and useful!

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