When talking about cultures with a great tradition of beliefs, costumes, and artistic expressions that extend over a vast territory and combine elements passed down through hundreds of generations, China is, undoubtedly, one of the greatest, most relevant and oldest examples.

Chinese culture is believed to be complex not only because of its antiquity but also the huge territory it represents, which includes a wide range of traditions and even languages depending on the province and even the town.

Just like any other important culture around the world, one of the most attractive aspects of Chinese culture is its very rich and exotic gastronomy. Being one of the oldest cultures in the world and full of experience in the culinary art based on the creative way of making food, Chinese cuisine is balanced and healthy and uses a wide array of ingredients.

Chinese meals are balanced in terms of all the nutrients they provide to the body, and in general, Chinese cuisine basically aims to find a harmony between the flavors and a balance between hot and cold, colors, and the consistency of its food diversity. That is the reason why their culinary techniques are particularly varied.

Rice: the oldest staple food in China

Rice’s influence in Chinese culture cannot be overstated. For those people, rice represents life itself.

There is a lot of sayings that show the status of rice in China, for instance:

  • A common question when people greet one another in Southern China is “Have you had your rice today?”
  • When a person loses his steady job, it is usually said that his iron bowl of rice has been broken.
  • And when someone invites you to a dinner party, it is considered rude not to eat every single grain of rice you’ve been served.

Rice is the staple food of China par excellence. It is present in countless regional dishes, with more or less variations, all across the country. That’s the reason why rice is considered one of those typical unifying ingredients in Chinese gastronomy.

China’s favorite rice dish

China has an impressive collection of rice recipes, and fried rice is the most popular dish. The variations of fried rice are countless, depending on the type and amount of ingredients added to the recipe. Today, the popularity of this tasty and versatile dish has surpassed the Chinese frontiers and spread worldwide.

Originally, it was sautéed with ham, scrambled eggs, and some vegetables. As it has evolved in China and traveled to other countries in the world, new variations of this original fried rice have been created.

Among all of the fried rice variations, one that stands out for its delicious flavor and simplicity of preparation is Dan Chao Fan, probably the most common Chinese egg fried rice dish.

Below is an easy recipe for you to try whenever you don’t feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen but still want to enjoy a delicious dish.

Dan Chao Fan


  • 1 ½ cups of rice
  • 1 egg.
  • Oil.
  • Salt.
  • Chopped chive.


  1. Cooking the rice should be done first, and it is advisable to rinse it previously. You can have it cooked in advance, although it is a very easy step to do. In a saucepan with water, salt, and a little oil we put the rice. .
  2. Rice has a cooking time of about 20 minutes, when it is ready remove it from heat and drain it until it eliminates a great part of the cooking water.
  3. Continue heating oil in a frying pan, you will get a similar effect with a non-stick frying pan.
  4. When the oil is hot, put the rice and sauté it. With this step, you will create a special base. A traditional fried rice that will give this ingredient a flavor and a texture really appetizing.
  5. Separate the rice grains with a fork while sautéing to make it looser.
  6. Add the egg while stirring. The egg should set as it heats up, covering the rice grains.
  7. To enhance flavor and color you can add some chopped chives.
  8. Take away from the heat and let it stand for a couple of minutes. Serve it hot and enjoy.

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