Garlic fried rice

Adam Liaw
Adam Liaw's belly-warming garlic fried rice.
Adam Liaw's belly-warming garlic fried rice. Photo: William Meppem

Garlic fried rice is a classic accompaniment for any Filipino feast (see my pork belly recipe below). The simplest versions just contain fried garlic and rice, but a bit of spring onion and egg really brings out the flavour.


¼ cup vegetable oil

10 cloves garlic, minced

2 spring onions, finely sliced

4 cups leftover cooked jasmine rice, cold

1 tsp salt

2 eggs


1. Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan over medium heat and add the minced garlic. Slowly stir the garlic until fragrant and lightly browned, paying close attention that it doesn't burn.

2. Remove half the garlic and set aside, leaving the fragrant oil in the wok. Add the spring onions, rice and salt to the remaining garlic and and toss to coat in the oil, pressing the rice against the side of the wok to break up any clumps.

3. When the rice softens and begins to toast, move it all to one side of the wok and crack the eggs to the open side. Stir the eggs until they are nearly set, then combine with the rice. Transfer the rice to a plate and sprinkle with the reserved garlic to serve.

Serve with Adam's quick barbecued pork belly.