Yakimeshi vs. Chahan: Japanese Fried Rice Dishes
When people think of a fried rice dish commonly eaten in Japan, many will probably picture Yakimeshi (焼き飯) or Chahan (炒飯/チャーハン).
Yakimeshi vs. Chahan
The Japanese fried rice dishes Yakimeshi and Chahan are similar in appearance but different in various ways.
Then, how do they differ? This article will explain that for people curious.
The Japanese dish Yakimeshi uses steamed plain rice, typically flavored with oyster sauce and Dashi soup stock.
Yakimeshi is a dish close to Chahan rather than Pilaf, but it is generally offered by Japanese restaurants and often cooked on an iron griddle or Teppan (鉄板).
On the other hand, Chahan is a Japanese stir-fry originating from China. So the dish is usually offered by Chinese-style restaurants and is typically cooked in a wok.
Since Chahan is a more common dish in Japan than Yakimeshi, Japanese home cooks sometimes make it at home.
Chahan prepares steamed plain rice, typically seasoned with soy sauce and sesame oil. Unlike Yakimeshi, eggs are added before the rice is fried.
Other typical ingredients for Chahan are bits of Charshu roast pork, shrimp, crab meat, onions, green onions, and green peas.