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Chinese Rice Dishes - Varieties and Menu

Written by Candice Song Updated Jan. 8, 2021

China is the world's largest rice producer, and one of the earliest centers of rice cultivation. For thousands of years, the Chinese people have been diligently cultivating their land for favorable harvests. The agricultural way of life, with rice as the center, has played an important role in China's history. In the past, people held the belief that the precious things of life are the five grains with rice being number one, instead of pearls or jade.

For the Chinese people, rice is the staple food in everyday meals. They eat it as Westerners do with bread. Rice is cooked by boiling or steaming, till it absorbs as much water as it can.

There is a rich collection of rice dishes in China. Among them, fried rice might be the most popular not only in China, but also around the world. Depending on the types and amount of added ingredients, such as beans, chopped meat, vegetables, eggs, etc., as well as different manners of preparation, there have developed endless variations of fried rice.

Rice may also be made into rice porridge (congee). When cooking porridge, more water than usual is added to make the rice saturated with water and very soft and viscous. It is often served and eaten with pickles, bamboo shoots, salted duck eggs, pickled tofu and many other condiments. Besides a common food on the dining table, rice porridge can also serve as food therapy for the unwell by adding ingredients of therapeutic value.

Rice Dishes Menu

English Chinese Pronunciation Characters
Fried Rice with Beef and Garlic hēi jiāo xiāng suàn niú liǔ lì chǎofàn hay jyaoww sshyang swann nyoh lyoh lee chaoww-fan 黑椒香蒜牛柳粒炒饭
Rice with Braised Beef Brisket hóngshāo niúnǎn fàn hong-shaoww nyoh-nan fan 红烧牛腩饭
Stewed Beef Rice hóngshāo niúròu fàn hong-shaoww nyoh-roh fan 红烧牛肉饭
Rice with Beef niúròu gài fàn nyoh-roh geye fan 牛肉盖饭
Fried Rice with Egg, Beef and Green Pepper qīngjiāo niúròu dàn chǎofàn ching jyaoww nyoh-roh dan chaoww-fan 青椒牛肉蛋炒饭
Fried Rice with Beef and Lettuce shēngcài niúròu chǎofàn shnng-tseye nyoh-roh chaoww-fan 生菜牛肉炒饭
Fried Rice with Minced Beef and BBQ Sauce shā-chá niú sōng fàn shaa-chaa nyoh song fan 沙茶牛松饭
Rice with Beef Filet and Hot Green Pepper háng jiāo niú liǔ fàn hung jyaoww nyoh lyoh fan 杭椒牛柳饭
Rice with Curry Beef gālí-niúròu fàn gaa-lee nyoh-roh fan 咖喱牛肉饭
Rice with Beef and Black Pepper hēi jiāo niú liǔ fàn hay jyaoww nyoh lyoh fan 黑椒牛柳饭
Fried Rice with Bacon and Mixed Vegetables fěicuì péigēn chǎofàn fay-tsway pay-gnn chaoww-fan 翡翠培根炒饭
Fried Rice with Pork and Black Pepper hēi jiāo zhūròu fàn hay jyaoww joo-roh fan 黑椒猪肉饭
Fried Rice with Egg and Sausage hóng cháng chǎofàn hong chung chaoww-fan 红肠炒饭
Rice with Fried Spare Ribs huángjīn dà pái fàn hwung-jin daa peye fan 黄金大排饭
Fried Rice with Ham huǒtuǐ chǎofàn hwor-tway chaoww-fan 火腿炒饭
Fried Rice with Shredded Pork in Soy Sauce jiàngyóu ròu sī chǎofàn jiang-yoh roh srr chaoww-fan 酱油肉丝炒饭
Rice with Spare Ribs jīngdū páigǔ fàn jing-doo peye-goo fan 京都排骨饭
Fried Rice with Preserved Pork làròu chǎofàn laa-roh chaoww-fan 腊肉炒饭
Rice with Meatballs shīzi tóu fàn shrr-dzrr toh fan 狮子头饭
Fried Rice with Meat and Vegetables shíjǐn chǎofàn shrr jin chaoww-fan 什锦炒饭
Rice with White Gourd and Assorted Meat in Soup shí jǐn dōngguā lì pàofàn shrr jin dong-gwaa lee paoww-fan 什锦冬瓜粒泡饭
Steamed Rice with Red-Cooked Pork lǔ ròu fàn lyoo roh fan 卤肉饭
Steamed Rice with Pork Slices and Mushrooms xiān mó zhū liǔ pèi mǐfàn sshyen mor joo lyoh pay mee-fan 鲜蘑猪柳配米饭
Fried Rice with Pork and Vegetables qīng yè chǎofàn ching yeah chaoww-fan 青叶炒饭
Rice with Spare Ribs in Black Bean Sauce chǐ zhī páigǔ fàn chrr jrr peye-goo fan 豉汁排骨饭
Rice with Stewed Pork, Taiwan Style táishì lǔ ròu fàn teye shrr lyoo roh fan 台式卤肉饭
Rice Cooked with Chicken Soup jītāng fàn jee-tung fan 鸡汤饭
Hainanese Chicken Rice Hǎinán jī fàn heye-nan jee fan 海南鸡饭
Fried Rice with Diced Chicken, Salted Fish and Shredded Lettuce Shēngcài sī xián yú jī lì chǎofàn shnng-tseye srr sshyen yoo jee lee chaoww-fan 生菜丝咸鱼鸡粒炒饭
Rice with Stewed Chicken in Coke Kělè jī fàn ker-ler jee fan 可乐鸡饭
Rice with Stewed Chicken Leg Jītuǐ fàn jee-tway fan 鸡腿饭
Rice with Chicken and Chili and Pepper Làzǐ jī fàn laa dzrr jee fan 辣子鸡饭
Rice with Chicken Giblets Jiācháng jīzá fàn jyaa-chung jee dzaa fan 家常鸡杂饭
Rice with Curry Chicken Gālí jī fàn gaa-lee jee fan 咖喱鸡饭
Rice with Roasted Eel Pú shāo mányú fàn poo shaoww man-yoo fan 蒲烧鳗鱼饭
Fried Rice with Salty Fish and Diced Eggplant Xián yú jiā lì chǎofàn sshyen yoo chyeah lee chaoww-fan 咸鱼茄粒炒饭
Rice with Fish Filet in Curry Sauce Gālí yúpái fàn gaa-lee yoo-peye fan 咖喱鱼排饭
Rice with Salmon Sān wèn yú fàn san wnn yoo fan 三文鱼饭
Fried Rice with Seafood Hǎi huáng chǎofàn heye hwung chaoww-fan 海皇炒饭
Fried Rice with Fresh Shrimps Huó xiā chǎofàn hwor sshyaa chaoww-fan 活虾炒饭
Rice with Fried Shrimps and Scrambled Egg Huá dàn xiārén fàn hwaa dan sshyaa rnn fan 滑蛋虾仁饭
Rice with Codfish in Thai Sauce Tài zhī yín xuě yú fàn teye jrr yin sshwair yoo fan 泰汁银雪鱼饭
Fried Rice with Crab Meat Zhāopái gāo xiè ròu chǎofàn jaoww peye gaoww sshyeah roh chaoww-fan 招牌羔蟹肉炒饭
Rice with Shrimps in Maggie Sauce měi jí jiàng ròu xiā fàn may jee jyang roh sshyaa fan 美极酱肉虾饭
Fried Rice with Assorted Seafood in XO Sauce XO jiàng hǎixiān dàn chǎofàn XO jyang heye-sshyen dan chaoww-fan XO酱海鲜蛋炒饭
Fried Rice with Shrimps xiārén chǎofàn sshyaa rnn chaoww-fan 虾仁炒饭
Steamed Rice with Diced Abalone and Scallops shāguō fùháo mèn fàn shaa gwor foo hao mnn fan 砂锅富豪焖饭
Eight Delicacies Rice bābǎofàn baa-baoww fan 八宝饭
Fried Rice with Egg jīdàn chǎofàn jee-dan chaoww-fan 鸡蛋炒饭
Fried Rice with Pickled Vegetables pàocài chǎofàn paoww tseye chaoww-fan 泡菜炒饭
Rice in Shredded Vegetable Soup, Shanghai Style Shànghǎi pāo fàn shaung-heye paoww fan 上海泡饭
Fried Rice with Vegetables shūcài chǎofàn shoo-tseye chaoww fan 蔬菜炒饭

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