Are you a fan of Chinese food? Rich, bright, and colorful, the wonderful Chinese cuisine contains an abundance of recipes and flavors loved by people across the world. Chinese food appeals to almost all senses; they’re incredible to look at, their aroma is mouthwatering, and their taste is absolutely heavenly. Simply put, it’s a festival for the senses. In fact, since its introduction to us through Chinese traders centuries ago, it has evolved and adapted to our own Filipino culture. This pork chao fan, for instance, carries all the Filipino-Chinese flavors we love and more!
Pork Chao Fan is essentially lending our unique Filipino touch to a classic Chinese dish –– fried rice. This flavorful and filling meal consists of a chewy, delicious pork belly and rice you’ve tossed in a myriad of ingredients. From carrots to green peas, eggs to green onions, this dish is practically a meal in itself, without the need for side dishes! Pork Chao Fan is a great way to make use of the leftover rice that may be taking up space in your fridge.
This fried rice has become such a popular option in Filipino Chinese cuisine. If you’ve ever had a hankering for affordable but delicious Chinese fast food, you’ve probably ordered from Chowking at least once. With multiple branches across the country and even across the world, Chowking offers many Filipinos an assortment of Filipino-Chinese dishes. This pork chao fan, alongside the beef chao fan and regular yang chow fried rice, are fan favorites. The mix of sauces and textures, smells and tastes, makes this dish a standout!
While it works equally well as a standalone dish, many also enjoy pork chao fan with many available toppings. Here are a few that you can add to make your pork chao fan even more special:
Of course, you can never go wrong with a perfectly good egg roll. And the Filipino response to this other Chinese fast food delicacy is the crunchy, meaty lumpiang shanghai! A delicious mix of ground pork, onions, and carrots wrapped up in a deliciously crispy wrapper, lumpiang shanghai is a great companion to the flavorful chao fan. This beautiful golden brown roll isn’t just popular with Chinese food either; it’s practically a staple at Filipino parties and celebrations. The mix of tastes and textures in your mouth is practically a match made in heaven!
It would be blasphemous to enjoy Chinese cuisine without a dumpling or two in the mix! Dimsum is one of the classic representatives of Chinese food. Meaty, compact, and undeniably tasty, these steamed dumplings consist of a tasty ground pork and other nutritious vegetables, giving it a crunchy, dynamic taste. And once you dip it in this savory, umami sauce, you’ve made your dish all the better! Pork dumplings will go perfectly with your yummy pork chao fan, making for a super hearty meal.
How to Make Pork Chao Fan
Pork Chao Fan is an incredibly easy dish to make. Like many other fried rice dishes, this recipe consists of tossing rice and ingredients together until all flavors have been fully absorbed. This combination of textures is what truly sets this tasty dish apart.
Like with any recipe, you must first prepare all the ingredients for your pork chao fan. Chop your carrots and green onions, and mince an onion, too. 2 eggs must be beaten and whisked, as well. Other ingredients include your ground pork or grilled pork belly, leftover rice, green peas, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, and sesame oil.
Let’s cook this delightful pork chao fan together! In a wok, heat 5 tablespoons of cooking oil and add in your beaten eggs. Fry your eggs, fully cooking them like they’re scrambled eggs, then set them aside once done.
With the remaining cooking oil, sauté your minced onion pieces until they soften, then add in your ground pork! Cook while stirring until your pork turns medium brown. Afterwards, pour in all the sauces of your pork chao fan: your hoisin sauce, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Then, stir them together, incorporating them well.
Your carrots and leftover rice go into the wok next. Stir fry your pork chao fan for two minutes, tossing until you’ve fully mixed all your ingredients. Add your green peas and green onions and cook for a minute more, tossing your pork chao fan together. The smell in the air is sure to make your mouth water by now!
Lastly, take the chopped fried egg pieces and add them into your pork chao fan, seasoning the dish with salt and ground white pepper to taste. When you’re fully satisfied, turn the heat off and transfer your pork chao fan to a serving bowl. Serve your pork chao fan warm, and share and enjoy it with the rest of your family!
Let us know what you think of this deliciously savory pork chao fan!