American Fried Rice

Thai name: Khao pat amerigan

You don't have to be in Thailand too long or make too many Thai friends before one of them will eventually order khao pat amerigan at some food stall or restaurant. I frequently get asked about it by first-time visitors, who assume that the dish really is American in origin, even if they themselves are from the USA and have never heard of it.

American Fried Rice
American Fried Rice

In truth, the origins of khao pat amerigan seem to be a little more convoluted. The recipe is a Thai invention, but did evolve during the American war in Vietnam. Thais observed Americans eating big breakfasts of fried eggs and ham, fried chicken legs and assorted other strange foods, and put them all together in a recipe that was somewhat more suited to Thai tastes. In essence, khao pat amerigan is Thais' idea of what Americans would invent if they liked fried rice.


Servings: 4

2 cup White rice
2 slice cut in small squares Sliced ham
1/2 cup, chunks Pineapple
1/4 cup, packed Raisins, seedless
1/4 cup Peas, green, raw
2 tbsp diced Green bell pepper
1/4 cup, chopped Onions
3 tbsp Butter, salted
1 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp, ground Black pepper
1 tbsp Catsup
2 tsp Vinegar


  1. Work the catsup into the cooked rice to coat.
  2. Stir-fry the onion with the butter in a wok over medium flame until the fragrance of the onion is released. At the ham and stir-fry until heated through.
  3. Add peas, bell pepper and raisins. Stir-fry to cook, then add the rice and continue cooking.
  4. Season with the salt, ground pepper and vinegar. Stir-fry to mix, then add the pineapple and stir-fry to heat through. Remove the cooked rice to a serving plate.
  5. American fried rice is invariably served with fried ham, cocktail sausages, a fried chicken leg and topped with a fried egg.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 496 Calories from Fat 96
Total Fat 11g 16%
Saturated 6g 31%
Cholesterol31mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate89g 30%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Sugars 10g  
Protein 10g