Chow fan, Chofan


CHOW FAN - Chinese fried rice my way, Dominican and New York style! This is what I cook when I want to prepare something quick, delicious, simple and inexpensive. You can prepare this rice with a variety of ingredients. It is also a great way to use what was left of the previous day dinner.

Whenever I prepare Oriental type dishes, I find myself influenced by the New York Chinese kitchen because I grew up there. For me,  in New York is where you can find the best Chinese food, outside of China of course! The Dominican influence is added by using creole products such as the cubanela peppers, Dominican salami, chicken or beef stews etc. This rice is ideal to eat alone or accompanied with a baked ribs, stir-fry or fried chicken.  I'm sure you'll like it!


Have you tried Chinese food in NY? Where do you believe the best Chinese food can be found?

Chow Fan 
Chofan or chow fan is Chinese fried rice in my Dominican, New York style. This is what I cook when I want to prepare something quick, delicious and simple. It tastes much better and is more healthier than the ones sold at restaurants.

 
Ingredients:
5 cups cooked rice (cooled)
1 flat omelet (1 egg per person, more if you like)
3 cups cooked chicken, pork, ham or beef
½ cup Dominican salami or chorizo chopped and fried
1 onion chopped
2 cubanela peppers
¼ cup soy sauce
½ cup ketchup
1 chicken bouillon salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons oil (preferably sesame or olive oil)


Instructions: 
1. Reserve previously cooked rice.
2. Make the omelet, seasoned with a little salt, cut into strips or cubes and set aside.
3. In a separate pot or microwave heat up the meat, fry the salami and set aside.
4. Chop all the vegetables and reserve.
5. In a wok or large pot, place three tablespoons of oil and add the salami, meat, onions and peppers, sauté one minute, then put soy sauce and ketchup. To form a sauce, add the rice and mix until a uniform color is achieved.
6. Cook for 3-5 minutes over low heat, or until rice is heated through.


Notes: 
a) I read on the web that white rice has a 1-2-3 rule. To calculate the amount of rice you need calculate it like this, 1 cup of uncooked rice, cooked in 2 cups of water, yields 3 cups cooked rice. It all depends on the type of rice we use. We should keep in mind that if we like the rice to be loose / grainy, then we should use a little less water to cook a cup of rice.

b) This recipe counts one cup of cooked rice per person, but as in most Dominican households if you love a lot of rice, this recipe can be easily doubled. If there is any leftover, you can keep it in the fridge and heat up the next day. It will taste much tastier then!

Yield: 5 servings.


Note: This Chinese bowl is over 30 years old!! Thanks Mom for letting me keep it :)

Esta receta en español: AQUÍ.


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13 Friends Have Comment:

  1. AnonymousJuly 06, 2011

    Interesante receta. Favor de explicar cuando/como se usa el cubito de caldo de pollo.

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  2. Anonymous - el cubito se le echa desmigajado en el paso #5 con el ketchup y salsa de soya.

    Saludos

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  3. The best chinese food is in the Bronx!!! LOL....This rice looks fantastic and an easy and quick dinner to prepare. Gracias por compartir. Jackie

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  4. What a beautiful dish, Mari! I've never made fried rice for my family, but I must do it now. Your recipe is spectacular :)

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  5. What a delicious fried rice! I love the chicken and salami in it - so much better than any takeout!

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  6. Mari,
    I made your "Chow Fan" for dinner last night and it was delicious! And I have enough to bring to work today for lunch!!!! Jackie

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  7. Jackie, I am glad you tried it, and liked it. Enjoy!!

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  8. Hey girl! This dish is right up my alley; I love good Chinese; especially when you can make it at home. I haven't had it in NYC yet, but if you'll meet me there for a meal I'll be there to try it in a heartbeat! :)

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  9. Julie - Great! I guess I'll have to take a vacation soon :) I am sure your version is DELICIOUS!

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  10. This is probably the best fried rice I've ever seen. I like the added perk with ketchup.

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  11. My goodness! All of these recipes look wonderful!
    You have inspired me to work out some new gluten free recipes:)
    See you on CookEatShare!

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  12. Jayne - I am glad you've like this. Thank you for visiting.

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  13. I love fried rice and this one looks particularly scrummy!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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