Yakimeshi vs Chahan : What is the Difference?

When it comes to fried rice dishes commonly eaten in Japan, “Yakimeshi (焼き飯)” and “Chahan (炒飯, チャーハン)” are especially popular. 

The Difference between Yakimeshi and Chahan Fried Rice Dishes

Actually, these fried rice dishes are similar in appearance but are different in various respects. Then, what is the difference between them?

Yakimeshi (焼き飯)


The dish name, Yakimeshi can be divided into 2 words, “Yaki (焼き)” referring to the cooking method using fire and heat, and “Meshi (飯)” meaning rice, and Yakimeshi is often referred to as Japanese fried rice in English.

Yakimeshi is made with steamed plain rice, seasoned typically with oyster sauce and Dashi soup stock. Unlike Chahan, eggs are added after the rice is fried.

Other typical ingredients in Yakimeshi include cabbage, Gyoniku sausage, and Chikuwa

Yakimeshi is a Japanese fried rice dish close to Chahan rather than Pilaf, but Yakimeshi is generally offered by Japanese-style restaurants and often cooked on an iron griddle “Teppan (鉄板)”.

Chahan (炒飯)


Chahan is a Japanese stir-fried rice dish originating in China, so the rice dish is usually offered by Chinese-style restaurants and often cooked in a wok.

Chahan is a more common dish than Yakimeshi in Japan, and Japanese home cooks sometimes make it at home.

Chahan is made with steamed plain rice and seasoned typically with soy sauce and sesame oil. Unlike Yakimeshi, eggs are added before the rice is fried.

Other typical ingredients in Chahan are roasted pork, shrimps, crab meat, green onion, onion, and green peas.

(Reference Pages : Wikipedia チャーハン, TABI LABO )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: