Din Tai Fung Style Shrimp Fried Rice

Recipe by Lace ZhangDifficulty: Easy


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For DTF-style fried rice, the key is seasoning the rice with some chicken powder or MSG so the dish gets savouriness while retaining its pale yellow colour at the same time. If you notice, they don't go too crazy with their flavourings as well - nothing too overpowering, and no garlic either! The point is to allow the natural flavours of the spring onions, eggs, and rice to shine through. The simplicity of this dish means that you only need a couple of ingredients to whip this up in a moment's notice, and they're mostly things you'll have lying around in your pantry or freezer...


  • 300g cooked rice (overnight is best)

  • 1.5 teaspoons chicken powder

  • salt, to taste

  • 3 eggs, whole

  • 4 to 5 stalks of spring onions, minced (Separate whites and greens)

  • oil, as needed

  • 5 to 8 Prawns (peeled & de-veined)


  • Heat your pan or wok over medium-high heat and add in about 1.5 Tablespoons of oil. Sear your shrimp on both sides and set them aside. They don't need to be fully cooked through here - we just want some colour.
  • Crank your heat down to medium, then add in the spring onion whites. Let saute for about 30 to 40 seconds, then add your whole eggs into the pan. Swirl the eggs gently with your spatula and allow them to cook until they're about 50% set.
  • Tip your rice into the pan, directly over the eggs. Turn your heat up to high, then stir and mix everything around. Season with chicken powder and salt (adjust to taste). Add your prawns back in and continue cooking until the rice is lightly charred but the grains are still moist.
  • Switch off the heat and add in your spring onion greens. Taste it at this point to make sure you're happy with the seasoning. If not, add in a little more salt or chicken powder.
  • To serve, pile the rice into a bowl and compact everything down with a spoon. Carefully, place a shallow plate over the top of the bowl of rice, and flip it. Remove the bowl and you'll have a perfectly round mound of fried rice on your plate!


  • Realized the shrimp isn't visible in the shot here. For the recipe reels to make this: head to my IG here!

About Me


When not working on recipes in her kitchen, cranking up her overused commercial (yes, you read that right) oven at home, Lace can be found reading about food, writing impassioned paragraphs about food, thinking about food till the wee hours of the night, shopping for groceries as a serious sport, or gazing longingly at bakery displays.




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