Ginger Fried Rice


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fried rice topped with a fried egg on a white plate

With very few ingredients, this simple Ginger Fried Rice is full of flavor and makes a super simple lunch or dinner.

There are so many wonderful things about this way of life we’ve chosen.

Frank and I moved to Bangkok three years ago, just a few months after we got married.  We saw it as an adventure.  And an adventure, it truly has been.

scallions, garlic, ginger, eggs and rice on a wooden table

There are challenges to this way of life.

Even now, after all this time, there is still some part of every day during which I’m confused about something.  It could be a conversation with a taxi driver, an item at the grocery store, or an exchange at work.  I’ll never totally feel on the inside of what is happening in this Thai life around me.

Lunch in the Shade

Living in Bangkok has its magical moments, to be sure.  Just when the city seems to be throwing you its worst, you wake up to a perfect blue sky, smell the incense wafting out of a temple, take a big gulp of a perfect broth from a batch of Tom Yam Goong soup.  Magic.

Coffee Sunday

The other night I was sitting in our quiet apartment, while rain fell against the windows and the lizards in our courtyard barked at each other (they really do sound like they’re barking), and I felt like I was exactly where I was supposed to be.

Spirit House

In this moment, at this time, this is where I am meant to be.

Frank and I are lucky.  We both felt that way at just the same time.  Earlier this year, when the opportunity presented itself for Frank to extend his contract and work in Bangkok for a bit longer, we questioned it.  We stayed up late into the night, weighing the pros and cons.

But at the end of the day, it seems that it always comes down to a feeling.

This week marks the end of our third year in Bangkok.  And we’re staying for a while longer.  We miss home deeply, and some days it feels like too much, but most days we feel sublimely lucky.  Lucky to be living this life.  Lucky to be living this adventure together.

We’re in for a bit more of this expat living.  Bangkok, we’re not leaving just yet.
fried rice with fried eggs on white plates with chopsticks

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Ginger Fried Rice

Fried rice has become a favorite quick meal in our house. With very few ingredients, this simple fried rice is full of flavor and makes a great lunch or dinner (or breakfast, if you're so inclined!).
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • Wok or Large Skillet


  • 1/2 cup Peanut Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Minced Ginger
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 cups Thinly Sliced Leeks, white and light green parts only, rinsed and dried
  • 4 cups Day-Old Cooked Rice, preferably jasmine, at room temperature
  • 4 large Eggs
  • 2 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 4 tsp Soy Sauce


  • In a large skillet, heat 1/4 cup oil over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp and brown. With a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels and salt lightly.
  • Reduce heat under skillet to medium-low and add 2 tablespoons oil and leeks. Cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until very tender but not browned. Season lightly with salt.
  • Raise heat to medium and add rice. Cook, stirring well, until heated through. Season to taste with salt.
  • In a nonstick skillet, fry eggs in remaining oil, sunny-side-up, until edges are set but yolk is still runny.
  • Divide rice among four dishes. Top each with an egg and drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil and 1 teaspoon soy sauce. Sprinkle crisped garlic and ginger over everything and serve.


Recipe published in the New York Times.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $3.00
Keyword: easy dinner, easy, weeknight-friendly, family friendly, fried rice, ginger
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  1. Aww beautiful post! And gorgeous photos, as always. I want to hear more about your life in Bangkok! That sounds like such a fun adventure. My boyfriend is hoping to get a job as a Finance professor once he gets his PhD and we like to daydream about traveling the world with his theoretical ability to get a job anywhere. One can dream, right? Haha.

  2. Thanks for sharing your adventure with us. Can’t wait to hear more about it. The fried rice looks incredible. With the ginger, leek and garlic, I am sure I won’t miss the meat. And nothing will go wrong with a fried egg.

  3. Happy 3-year Bangkok-iversary! Thank you for sharing your adventure and allowing me to be a part of it virtually and in-person. Can’t wait to see what year 4 brings you and Frank! 🙂 xoxo

  4. Wow, I didn’t realize you had been there so long… that’s awesome! What an incredible adventure you’re having and I’m sure it will be one of the most cherished times of your life! 🙂 Also this rice looks absolutely delectable! Can’t go wrong with ginger!

  5. This does look like a great quick meal. Three tears, huh? I have enjoyed part of that time with you keeping up with your blog and writings. Thanks for taking us along on the adventure,

  6. What a wonderful adventure, Jessie. I admire you both! Thanks for the nice recipe and wishing you continued happiness and success.

  7. What a lovely post! I really enjoyed reading that. I’m always amazed when I watch shows like ‘house hunter international’ that people are brave and adventurous enough to move all across the world to a whole new everything. I’m glad you are enjoying it enough to stay a bit longer. And this fried rice! Seriously – that egg hooks me in but I know there’s some serious flavor hidden in there. I put a ton of minced ginger and garlic in my fried rice and that’s my favorite part. Take care!

  8. Jess that’s so funny. Last night I was lying in bed and suddenly you popped into my head. I realised I hadn’t read a post for a while and set a reminder on my phone to check on you today.
    When I woke up this post was in my inbox and it sounds like you are doing wonderfully! x

  9. I love reading your posts : ) I’m glad you both feel like you are exactly where you should be – that’s such a good feeling. This fried rice sounds pretty awesome – I love that you get the garlic and ginger all crispy!