THE PERFECT FRIED RICE! Spicy, packed with flavours, complimented perfectly with the freshness of the Thai basils and the crunchiness of the fried eggs. Super delicious, super yummy, it tastes like it’s straight from a street food cart!
We got the idea to make Tom Yum fried rice when we noticed a jar of unused Tom Yum paste and some leftover steamed white rice in our fridge. We’ve used the paste once to make Tom Yum soup, but we didn’t really think we could use it to make anything else. But curious as we were, we started looking up Tom Yum fried rice online, and turns out, it really is a thing! And it looks so good, we decided we had to make a recipe for it!
So how do you get the flavours of a popular hot and sour soup into a fried rice? Well, with some Tom Yum paste and the simple addition of a few ingredients, you can get the wonderful, well-balanced Tom Yum flavours in the fried rice.
The Tom Yum paste we used in this recipe can be found in Asian supermarkets or online. You can also make your own Tom Yum paste, but since fried rice is supposed to be a quick and easy recipe, we figured Tom Yum paste is a lot easier to use and it tastes just as good!
Now, we are not experts in Thai cooking, and this recipe is by no means authentic. But one thing we know is that it is YUMMY! And it has the perfect balance of spicy, salty, sour, bitter, and sweet, just like the perfect Thai dish should be!
To make the perfect Spicy Tom Yum Fried Rice, here are a few important tips:
- Use low-sodium soy sauce so you can control the salt content better. We didn’t have to add any more salt since we used low-sodium soy sauce (and some oyster sauce). But Premium soy sauce is a lot saltier and we believe it would make the dish a bit too salty.
- Cook the ground pork separately and drain off the excess water. Ground pork can be watery when cooked and it’s important to drain off the water since it would be your rice soggy. Best thing is to cook the pork beforehand, remove from pan and drain off the water, and set aside. Put it back into the pan before adding the sauce into the rice.
- Use leftover white jasmine rice for the best fried rice texture. If you use freshly cooked rice that’s still soft, the fried rice might be too mushy.
Well that’s today’s recipe for Spicy Tom Yum Fried Rice with Thai Basil. It’s super easy and delicious, perfect for a quick lunch or a lazy weekday dinner! For more Thai-inspired food, check out our recipe for Spicy Thai-Style Peanut Lime Noodles. We hope you enjoy it and happy eating!
Spicy Tom Yum Fried Rice
- 3 cups cooked white rice
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups Thai basil
- 1 green onion chopped
- 200 grams ground pork
- 1 red Thai chilli chopped
- canola oil for cooking
Fried Rice Sauce
- 1 1/2 tbsp Tom Yum paste
- 2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
- 1/2 tsp sesame oil
- 1/2 tbsp cane sugar
- 2 tbsp water
In a small bowl, combine the Tom Yum paste, low-sodium soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, cane sugar, and water. Mix well until all the sugar is dissolved and set aside.
Pour 3 tbsp of canola oil on a pan and heat over high heat. Add the eggs one at a time and fry for about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes until edges are browned and crispy. Flip the eggs and let cook for another 10 seconds. Remove from heat and set aside.
Heat 1 tbsp of canola oil on a pan over medium high heat. Add the ground pork and separate into smaller bits using a spatula. Cook for 2 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove from heat and drain off excess water. Set aside in a bowl. Heat another tablespoon of oil on a pan. Add the garlic and Thai chillies and stir fry until fragrant and tender. Add the cooked jasmine rice and stir fry for 30 seconds. Add the cooked ground pork back into the pan and mix. Stir in the sauce and mix well until all the rice is evenly covered. Stir fry for another 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add the green onions and Thai basil, mix well and remove from heat.
Serve fried rice with fried egg on top.