Chow fan! (Dominican Style)

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Hello my dear friends!

Chow fan is a dish that became popular a long time ago in the Republic Of the Dominican Republic.

The Chinese migrations have influenced the customs in many countries. The interesting thing about Chinese food is, besides its variety, the fact that it adjusts its flavors to the countries where it has moved. It is for that reason that the Chinese food in the United States, or in Peru, to mention some, won’t taste the same as the Chinese food in Dominican Republic or Puerto Rico. And probably very different from Chinese food in China!

Dominicans today frequently enjoy “Chinese rice”, fried rice or “chow fan”. The Chinese have stood out for the economic, abundance and flavor of their plates. Today I share my version of the fried rice or “chow fan!”

The quantities will depend on how much rice you prepare. I used 1 pound of rice.


  • White rice (prepare ahead)
  • ¼ LB. Cauliflower.
  • ¼ LB. Broccoli.
  • Cabbage itched in pieces.
  • ½ red bell pepper.
  • ½ LB. pork fillet in very small squares.
  • ½ LB. of chicken previously cooked.
  • 1 small piece of very tiny chopped ginger.
  • Grated Nutmeg.
  • ½ bouillon cube.
  • Soy sauce.
  • 1 leek bush.
  • A bit of salt (sometimes it is not necessary)


Put some oil to heat and when hot add the vegetables and meats. Also add the ginger and the bouillon cube. Allow to sear.

Once the vegetables and the meats are seared add the rice, mix and add some soy sauce. Grate some nutmeg, mix and rectify the salt.

Serve and add the chopped leek on top. It is a quick and delicious recipe. Especially useful when you have leftovers. I prepared this one with some roasted chicken I had left and some rice. I just added the vegetables and voila!  It was tremendous.

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Escritor. Consultor. Historiador. Cocinero tradicional Dominicano. (Writer. Consultant. Historian. Dominican traditional food cook)
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10 Responses to Chow fan! (Dominican Style)

  1. kat says:

    that’s goooood!!! i love rice, how perfect! 🙂

  2. Thanks! It’s a great dish to deal with leftovers! LOL!

  3. kat says:

    ugh I still can’t get over how yummy that is! i nominated you for the liebster blog award. please check out my post for more details:


  4. Could I use olive oil too? Anyway, this looks delicious. I hope I can cook some when I have enough free time. XD

  5. mariposaoro says:

    Ah.. Fusion food!! Thats my kind of thing!! You must cook Chow Mein over in D.R? How big is the Chinese population in D.R?

    • Actually we have a lot of chinese people here. Currently they basically took over the fried chicken business. Most fried chicken places also serve chinese food now.

      There’s a good chinese grocery store that I visit and the chinese lady is very kind and tells you how to prepare food and what to buy for every recipe, so I enjoy it often!

  6. mariposaoro says:

    Wow…I didnt think that there were that many Chinese in D.R…In Jamaica there are Chinese and Indians(East Indians)…But where my Grandmother was from, Panama,the Chinese hold special importance, as they helped to build the canal..They even teach Mandarin in schools there! Proud of my heritage(Well, one part of it anyway!)

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