Sunday, April 1, 2012

My Grandma's Garlic Fried Rice (外婆的蒜米炒饭)

I dig this out from my old file. I suddenly miss my Grandma so much!

I spent most of my childhood time together with my Grandma. She is a humble lady who always left with less than RM10 in her pocket. But still, it doesn't really matter to her. Even tho she left with 20cts in her pocket, she will still be able to make me a meal.

I remember Sakae Sushi serve Garlic Fried Rice last time. It cost S$3.00 for a small miserable portion. I have to agree that it taste kinda simillar to the one that my grandma cook. They are good. But of course, Sakae Sushi use is using a mixture of Jasmine rice and calrose rice. For my grandma, of course she is using 100% jasmine rice. The usual rice that every chinese family is eating. Calrose rice is very expensive not easily available during my younger days.

This is the ORIGINAL version of my grandma’s Garlic Fried Rice. The taste that I will never forget.

I still remember how precious a bowl of Garlic Fried Rice is when nanny left 20cts in her pocket. Grandma used to hold my little hand, walked to the nearby grocery store with her weak knee. Holding the 20cts in another hand, we're getting the fresh egg for our fried rice. Once we got the egg, we just need some left-over overnight rice, some chopped garlic and soy sauce. These are all we need to make our lunch. There’s nothing fantastic in this bowl of rice, but… I can taste the real love, and the real garlic fragrance.

Ingredient  (Serves 1, easily)
A bowl of left-over white rice
1 beaten egg
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped. Make it three cloves if you want it more garlicky. I normally use 2 cloves.
1 tablespoon of cooking oil
3 tablespoons of Soy Sauce
a dash of pepper
some spring onions for garnishing

Grandma only used 1 egg to fry a big portion of fried rice that serves two during olden days. But I make it 1 egg for 1 portion of rice now.

Make it three cloves if you want it more garlicky. I normally use 2 cloves if I'm cooking for one. Probably 4 to 5 cloves if I'm cooking for two. It depends on the size of the garlic too.

1. Oil on the wok, fry garlic till fragrant. Add in rice. Stir fry it madly under high heat. Until you feel that the rice are all evenly heat up (about a minute).

2. Add in beaten eggs, stir well. Add in soy sauce & a dash of pepper.

3. Heat off. Dish up. Sprinkle some spring onions & serve.

It's easy, comforting, and welcoming.


  1. May god bless your grandmother always Annie mok

  2. Iv tried putting the egg in after the rice is heated and it always ends abit.... Slimey. Would it taste the same if I cooked the egg separately then added it?

  3. That's a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing.

  4. thank you for sharing with is the heartwarming story about your grandmother. may her legacy lives in the heart of generations to come

    1. 吳祥瑋, thanks for visiting my blog. I'm greatly inspired by my grandma. Her legacy definitely lives in our heart :)

  5. such a heartwarming story.. I feel as if I know your grandma personally