Tom Yum Fried Rice
March 09th, 2014 10 Comments

Tom Yum Fried Rice

Tom Yum Fried Rice
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Do you always have leftover steamed rice at home? If you are like me, my fridge always has a bowl or a box of leftover steamed white rice, be it from the night before or the extras brought back from restaurants. On week days, one of my favorite lunches to make is fried rice, all sorts of fried rice because it’s the easiest way to use up the leftover steamed white rice, while making a filling and tasty lunch in a matter of 15 minutes!

My week day is always very hectic. I wake up in the morning and my endless chores begin: prepping breakfast for my son, sending him to school, working on my blog, developing new recipes, training my intern on various tasks on Rasa Malaysia, shopping and driving around like a mad woman, and the list goes on and on. I never get to check off my to-do list and every day the list just keeps (miraculously) getting longer…

Anyway, I digress.

Tom Yum Fried Rice

Other than regular Chinese fried rice, salted fish fried rice, pineapple fried rice, kimchi fried rice, crab fried rice, Indonesian fried rice, another favorite of mine is Tom Yum fried rice. Before I go on, let me just say that I don’t think there is Tom Yum fried rice available in Thailand, but this is my version of the popular Thai soup, but in the form of fried rice! The taste structure is similar to Thai Tom Yum soup: spicy, savory, rich, and a little tartness from the squirts of lime juice. I really enjoy this Tom Yum fried rice.

A couple of years ago, I shared this recipe with (rebranded as now), but last week, I made this Tom Yum fried rice for my intern and I, so I decided to share this Tom Yum fried rice recipe here with you. Again, I used the Pantai brand Thai roasted chili paste or “Nam Prik Pao” as the spice base for this dish. If you are in the United States, you can get this product as Asian stores or online here. If you are in Asia, for example: Malaysia or Singapore, I am sure you can find similar products from markets or super markets. It might be not the same brand. Please take note that Nam Prik Pao is not the same as “Tom Yum Paste” but you absolutely can’t find it, you can certainly use Tom Yum Paste as a substitute.

This quick and easy Tom Yum fried rice is a delicious one-dish meal. If you like your tom yum fried rice extra spicy, serve it with some bird’s eyes chilies (Thai chilies) on the side, otherwise this recipe is mouthwatering as is. Enjoy!

RECIPE HERE: Tom Yum Fried Rice
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  1. Anne says:

    This looks delicious!!!

  2. Liz says:

    Thank you, Bee, for the nice recipe. Have a Great Week!

  3. Bob Pincus says:

    The recipe sounds great and I can’t wait to try it. The only ingredient that I didn’t see added was the rice. I could guess but wanted to make sure I did it in accord with your recipe. At what step do you add the rice into the Wok?

  4. Bob Pincus says:

    Sorry Bee, I should have known you wouldn’t miss a trick. I reread the recipe and sure enough you did add it at after the roasted chili paste.
    But I do have another question. I have never used fish sauce. I have used oyster sauce and was wondering if that would work or if the two sauces are significantly different. I’ll have to buy a bottle just so I know what it tastes like.

  5. Jessica says:

    I love fish sauce in my fried rice and the Thai roasted chili paste makes it special. Thanks for recipe Bee.

  6. Fried Rice is my ultimate go-to as well when I am super busy. I need to get a new jar of tom yum paste for on the go lunches. Some pineapple pieces would be delicious in this!

  7. newkiwi says:

    Bee, I made your recipe last evening. My husband and I agreed that the rice had great flavor, but we found it dry. Did anyone else have this experience? Do you have a suggestion for me, or should I try adding pineapple to the mix (as one cook commented)?

    • Hi Newkiwi, I think fried rice is supposed to be dry and not wet. However, if you like a little more moisture in your rice then yes you can add more oil or pineapple would enhance the flavor.

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