Fried Rice with Chinese Sausages and Shrimp

Lop Cheung Sin Har Chau Fon

This is the classic Cantonese fried rice, the chau fon. I remember it as a special treat for the Lunar New Year and during the winter months, when lop cheung, the Chinese sausage, was available to us. It was, and is, wonderfully tasty, and you needn’t wait for winter, for lop cheung is available the year round.

Ingredients

  • 4 Chinese sausages
  • cups extra-long-grain rice
  • cups cold water
  • ¼ pound fresh shrimp, shelled, deveined, washed, dried, cut in half lengthwise, then half again, making 4 pieces each

Make a Sauce

Combine in a Bowl

  • tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Chicken Broth
  • 1 teaspoon light soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil

Make a Marinade

Combine in a Bowl

  • ½ teaspoon grated ginger mixed with 1 teaspoon white wine
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • ½ teaspoon light soy sauce
  • Pinch of white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon coriander, chopped
  • 2 scallions, washed, dried, with both ends trimmed, and finely sliced

Method

  1. Wash the Chinese sausage, place in pot with the rice and water and cook the rice. After cooking, remove the sausage and allow to cool. Cut into quarters lengthwise, then into ¼-inch pieces.
  2. While the rice is cooking, make the sauce and reserve. Add the shrimp to the marinade and allow to marinate for ½ hour. Reserve.
  3. Heat wok over high heat for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Add 1 tablespoon of the peanut oil, coat wok with spatula. When a wisp of white smoke appears, add the beaten eggs. Scramble the eggs. Turn off heat and use spatula to break the cooked eggs into small pieces. Remove and set aside.
  4. Wash wok and spatula; dry. Heat wok over high heat for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Add the remaining peanut oil; coat wok. When white smoke appears, add the ginger and garlic. When the garlic turns light brown, add the sausage and stir-fry together for 1 minute. Make a well in the center of the mixture and add the shrimp and marinade. Stir together for another minute. Add cooked rice and mix all together well for 5 to 7 minutes. The rice should become very hot.
  5. Stir the sauce, pour it into the rice, and mix it well, making certain the rice is completely coated. Add the coriander and scallions and mix well into the fried rice. Turn off heat, transfer rice to a preheated serving bowl, and serve immediately.

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