Fried Rice Cakes of Shèngzhōu: Let’s Get Cooking, China

Fried Rice Cake of Shèngzhōu

This recipe is from Since, a friendly ZAFU, Zhèjiāng nóng lín xuéyuàn,  student with an unusual English name.

Since says, “Fried rice cake is very famous in my hometown of Shèngzhōu, in Zhèjiāng Province.  It is a dish that I remember my mother making when I was young!” Shèngzhōu is a city about 1.5 hours by car from Hángzhōu.  The town is famous for its variety of local snacks and southeast China style dishes.

Since loves to watch a lot of movies and travel with her friends.

Fried rice cakes with crab (but you can have animal-friendly versions too)

Photo from: [This is from a great blog site “Oh I See Red” about life in Shanghai.  I love the excellent photos].


250 gram Rice cake, shredded [1 gram = 0.0352739619 ounces, so 250 grams = 8.81 oz]
150 g [5.29 oz] Cabbage, shredded
40 g [1.4 oz.] Red bell pepper

30 g [1.05 oz.] Onion
5-6 pcs Dried mushrooms, soaked and shredded
150 g [5.29 oz.] Chicken breast, shredded [you could use portabella mushrooms, tofu, or seitan as animal-friendly substitutes]
6 pcs Dried chillis
1 teaspoon Chicken powder
1 tsp Chilli oil
Some salad oil

Look for Chinese rice cakes in your Asian market

To cook  Fried Rice Cake

1. Bring a pot of water to boil. Add in rice cakes to cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Take out and rinse with cold running water. Drain, slice and set aside. Poach the shredded chicken with heated oil.

2. Leave about 2 tablespoons of oil in the wok and add in shredded onion and chillis. Stir until fragrant. Add in dried mushrooms and spring onion segments. Stir briefly. Add in cabbage and bell pepper shreds. Stir-fry over the medium heat for about 5 minutes.

3. Return the rice cakes and prepared chicken into wok. Add in curry powder and dark soya sauce. Continue stirring. Season with chicken powder and salt and sprinkle with chili oil. Stir-fry all together until pieces are well-coated with sauce.


“I hope you share this recipe with your family,” says Since.

Stir-fried rice cakes

Another version of Chinese fried rice cakes

Try making your own version of fried rice cakes. Since will be happy you did.

Since included fried rice cake  photos from

Zài Jiàn and Aloha, Renée



About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

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