How to Cook Vietnamese Fried Rice


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Fried rice has been an indisputable dish in Vietnamese cuisine, though it’s often said to be originated from Southern China more than a thousand years ago. Rice is always a symbol of prosperity and food security. Therefore, discarding rice is considered bad luck. To avoid being wasteful, Vietnamese traditionally stir-fried steamed rice with leftovers that were too good to throw to farm animals.

With traditional cooking techniques and various available ingredients, Vietnamese fried rice has never made hungers disappointed. If you have ever thought of frying your steamed rice at home, like many of our customers on Hanoi food tours, let’s follow our below recipe to cook a delicious Vietnamese fired rice yourself.

Ingredients to cook fried rice


  • 3 tbsp of cooking oil
  • 3 shallot cloves
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 Vietnamese sausages
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 cups of cooked white rice
  • ½ tbsp of fish sauce
  • ½ tbsp of say sauce
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • ½ tsp of granulated white sugar
  • ¼ tsp of black pepper
  • ½ cup of small dried shrimps
  • 3 scallions

How to cook Vietnamese fried rice


  1. One the day before, cook 5 cups of white rice with slightly less water than normal. Remove the rice cooker and let cool in the fridge.
  2. Mince 3 cloves of shallot, garlic. Dice the carrot. Chop the 2 scallions to 1cm in length.
  3. Use a small pot to boil 5 cups of water. Cook the 3 Vietnamese sausage for 10 minutes. Remove the sausages. Dice the sausage.
  4. In a large wok, heat up the cooking oil on medium high. Add shallot and garlic, stir until fragrant.
  5. Add the Vietnamese sausage. Stir and cook for 2 minutes to make it crispy. Add the carrots and ½ cup of small dried shrimp.
  6. Clear and area in the wok and crack 2 eggs. Stir to break up the eggs until fully cooked and then combined with other ingredients in the wok.
  7. Add the white rice and break up any large clumps of rice.
  8. Add ½ tbsp of soy sauce, ½ tbsp of fish sauce, 1 tsp of salt, ½ tsp pf sugar, and ¼ tsp of pepper.
  9. Mix well along with high heat. Top with scallions and serve!

There you go. That’s how to cook Vietnamese fried rice for 4 persons, with total 30 minutes preparation and about 40 minutes cooking. We hope you enjoy cooking Vietnamese fried rice at home, and please contact us if there is anything we can help.

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