Vietnamese Fried Rice With Lotus Seeds

May 11, 2023
This dish has been inspired by my Vietnam trip with my cousin back in 2018. We hiked the beautiful Marble Mountains in Da Nang for about 3–4 hours and found a nearby restaurant to refuel. After a long hike, we just had to go for their Vietnamese fried rice! It was fulfilling, simple and flavorful. Here’s how you can make your very own hike-worthy or even just delicious fried rice—Vietnamese style.
lotus seed fried rice garnished with chopped green onions on a plate.

Vietnamese Fried Rice With Lotus Seeds

utensils YIELDS 2 servings
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  • 2 cups precooked rice (best to use at least a day old rice)
  • A handful of dried lotus seeds (soaked overnight)
  • 1 small carrot (cubed)
  • 3–5 green beans (chopped)
  • A handful of sweetcorn
  • A handful of spring onion (chopped and save some as garnish)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3–4 vegan sausage/ luncheon (cubed)
  • Sesame/soybean oil (as needed)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
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1. Soak your dried lotus seeds (ideally overnight) or at least two hours before cooking with hot water.

2. On a hot pan with some drizzle of oil, sauté your spring onion and garlic until fragrant.

3. Stir fry the the following ingredients (cubed carrots, green beans, sweetcorn, and vegan sausage/ luncheon).

4. Add your soy sauce.

5. Transfer everything onto a plate and re-oil your pan.

6. Add your turmeric powder and your day-old rice and reheat until your rice is coated in golden turmeric.

7. Put back your sautéed ingredients and combine everything together.

8. If you want to make it more authentic or fancy, you can serve it on a lotus flower or simply on a plate and garnish with the remaining spring onion and enjoy! 

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Bel Faustino
Bel’s curiosity for healthy living started at a young age of 11. From mindful eating to exercise, she always had a sweet tooth struggle and her weakness are desserts. It then took her high school and uni days to find the balance to maintain the healthy lifestyle yet enjoy desserts in a more guilt-free way and veganizing them seems the way to do it. Obsessed with always finding healthier alternatives, she hopes to recreate her favorite non vegan treats and share her recipes through her culture (Filipina born in Macau, S.A.R., China), lifestyle, childhood memories and travels (Southeast Asia, USA, Mexico, UK and more to come!). Follow her journey in Instagram @belbrosasfaustino.


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