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Special Fried Rice

I took inspiration for this recipe from Jamie Oliver. Minus the egg and I added a few other things to give it extra flavour. Easy to make and can be enjoyed as a main meal or a side dish. Its versatile so you can leave out the cashews, tofu or Oumph! and swap for peanuts, a beef substitute or use extra veg. The cold mango and pomegranate seeds compliment the hot rice. I used wholegrain rice with added quinoa in this recipe.
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: fried rice, special fried rice, vegan fried rice
Servings: 2 People


  • 4 spring onions chopped
  • 1/2 cup peas frozen is fine
  • 100 g firm tofu crumbled
  • 1 pack precooked wholegrain rice Make your own (250g cooked)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • generous pinch of black salt gives egg flavour
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 60 g Oumph! The Chunk or vegan chicken substitute
  • 1 tsp Chinese five spices
  • 80 g black bean sauce


  • Drain the tofu and using a fork mash in a bowl. Leave it fairly chunky for the egg like texture. Add the nutritional yeast, salt and soy sauce. Mix together and let it marinade while you prepare the rest of the dish.

    Heat 1 tbsp of ground nut/sesame oil in a wok or frying pan. Add the chopped spring onion, garlic, peas and Oumph! Stir on a high heat for a couple of minutes. Add the spices, marinated tofu and cashews and stir constantly so it doesn't burn. After a minute or so add the black bean sauce (save some to garnish) and stir in thoroughly. Now add the rice and lower the heat. Make sure the rice is coated in sauce and the grains aren't stuck together (use the back on the spoon to separate). Cook on a low heat for 5 minutes stirring a few times. Be sure the Oumph! Is fully cooked before serving.
    Using a smallish bowl (that will fit the rice) brush with a little oil to stop the rice sticking. Add the rice and press firmly into the bowl . Using a warm plate (not hot) place over the top of the bowl and tip upside down. Tap the bowl and give it a little shake. When you lift away the bowl you should have a perfectly formed mound. Garnish with mango and pomegranate seeds and the rest of the black bean sauce. Serve immediately. Enjoy!



TIP: If you can't get hold of Oumph! why not use The Vegetarian Butcher Nochicken chunks, soya, Linda McCartney pulled chicken or Quorn. Always use precooked packet rice or it will be too sticky. Make sure the frozen peas and Oumph! are fully cooked before serving. Black salt.