Special Nonya Fried Rice

Preparation info
  • Serves


    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      25 min

Appears in
The Food of Singapore: Simple Street Food Recipes from the Lion City

By Djoko Wibisono

Published 2015

  • About

This version of fried rice from a Nonya kitchen gets its distinctive flavour from the tiny dried salted fish used by Chinese cooks. Smaller than the usual Malay ikan bilis, they are sometimes called silverfish.


  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • ½ cup (80 g) very small dried salted fish or


  1. Heat the oil in a wok and stir-fry the dried salted fish until brown and crispy. Remove from the oil and set aside to drain.
  2. In the same wok, gently stir-fry the garlic for a few seconds, then add the chicken and prawns, and stir-fry for 3 to 4 minutes. Increase the heat and add the eggs, stirring until the eggs are cooked.
  3. Add the rice and stir-fry o