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Spotlight on Rice: Recipes for Most Versatile Ingredients from Asia

From Japanese sushi to Thai stir-fries, rice plays a starring role in cuisines across Asia. Here, take your pick of 10 authentic rice recipes that go beyond your standard side dish.

Hainanese chicken rice

A comfort-food classic in Malaysia and Singapore, Hainanese chicken rice pairs succulent poached chicken with broth-seasoned rice and piquant soy and chilli sauces.

Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe

Stir-fried rice with prawns

Make a main meal out of fried rice by combining plump prawns with shredded lettuce and a delicate fine shrimp sauce.

Stir-fried Rice and Prawns with Fine Shrimp Sauce Recipe

Japanese wasabi beef yakiniku on rice

For an easy Japanese dinner, top steamed rice with tender sliced beef, doused in a sauce of wasabi, apple sauce, garlic and sesame. Get the recipe here.

Japanese Wasabi Yakiniku Beef on Rice Recipe


Look familiar? Gimbap is Korean version of sushi, packed with picked vegetables, kimchi and omelette. Try this vegetarian recipe.

Korean Gimbap

Pineapple fried rice

This retro-style Thai recipe is perfect for the whole family, thanks to its sweet, delicate flavour and virtuous vegetables. Get the recipe here.

Thai Pineapple Fried Rice

Glutinous rice with Chinese diced pork sausage

Sticky glutinous rice is studded with sweet and salty lap cheong (pork sausage), the perfect match for a glass of pinot noir. Try this recipe.

Glutinous Rice with Chinese Diced Pork Sausage pinot noir

Yaki onigiri rice balls

A popular snack in Japan, this grilled rice balls can be filled with umeboshi (salted plum), tinned tuna or smoked salmon – ideal for school lunch boxes. Get the recipe here.

Grilled Rice Ball - Yaki Onigiri

Fried rice deluxe

Take your fried rice game to the next level by using indulgent XO sauce, pork sausage and flavourpacked Chinese mushrooms. Recipe here.

Fried Rice Deluxe

Crispy rice teriyaki chicken burger

Kids and adults alike will love this creative Japanese ‘burger’, which uses rice patties in place of the buns!

Crispy Rice Teriyaki Chicken Burger

Mangoes with sticky rice

Versatile rice is also a popular choice for desserts, such as this simple yet satisfying Thai sweet of sticky rice with coconut milk and mango.


For more rice ideas, learn about 5 types of healthy rice, or tips on how to cook rice.

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