Java Rice – Yellow Fried Rice

Java Rice, also known as Yellow Fried Rice is an easy addition to meals. Loaded with flavor, you can pair this side dish with a variety of meats.

Java Rice – Yellow Fried Rice

I love a cookbook, yes an actual book with recipes and big bright beautiful pictures. Pre-Internet days I had oodles of cookbooks, shelves full of them. General cookbooks, specialty cookbooks, locale-specific cookbooks, I loved buying them.

My husband wasn’t too thrilled with moving them (we moved quite a few times) and through the moves, I scaled back to just a few favorites remaining on my shelves. 

When I heard my blogger friend Abby (the creator of Manila Spoon) was releasing a brand new cookbook I was not only excited for her, I was secretly hoping to add it to my shelf of cookbooks. I’ve known Abby within blogging circles for quite a few years and respect the time and love that go into her authentic recipes. 

Her cookbook is Rice. Noodles. Yum. and boy oh boy is it chocked full of delicious Southeast Asian recipes. Each recipe has a gorgeous full-color photo along with it. The flavors bounce off of the pages and make you want to dive right in. 

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With an impressive array of dishes, you’ll soon be inspired as I was to find something to give a try. Noodle dishes such as Mee Grob, Pancit Palabok and Pad Thai. Or if rice is calling your name, you may enjoy Nasi Goreng Jawa, Bubur SumSum or Java Rice (Yellow Fried Rice).

Whatever the craving may be, you’ll find a delicious recipe within the pages of Rice. Noodles. Yum. I found so many recipes to try but ultimately settled on Java Rice, a dish that I knew my 19 yr old son would really enjoy. 

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Java Rice, also known as Yellow Fried Rice is a wonderful addition to meals. Serve alongside pork, chicken or shrimp, it adds a great depth of flavor with very little effort. 


The bright-yellow color comes from the addition of Turmeric, the color is unmistakable. This eye-catching side is anything but dull. 

What is Turmeric? 

Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color. You’ll find it used in many Indian dishes as well as Asian recipes. In addition to wonderful flavor, it has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. BONUS! You can find Turmeric in the spice aisle. 

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This recipe has nothing to do with Java in terms of programming, it relates back to some possible Indonesian influence as in the island of Java. I just loved the simple yet pronounced flavors and I as I predicted it very much appealed to my son. He took the leftovers in his lunch the next day.

What do you need to make Java Rice – Yellow Fried Rice?

  • oil
  • garlic
  • butter
  • turmeric
  • rice
  • soy sauce
  • salt



Some tips for making Java Rice – Yellow Fried Rice:

  • This variation of “fried rice” consists of cooking the cooled rice in a buttery mixture. No egg is involved.
  • Turmeric will color the rice a beautiful bright yellow. 
  • Make sure you break up the rice really well when cooking, so all grains get a nice even coating. 

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I hope you check out Rice. Noodles. Yum. for yourself and add a copy to your cookbook collection! Great job Abby, very proud of your hard work on this beautiful cookbook.

Other great sides that are quick and easy: 

  • Lemon Parmesan Orzo
  • Savory Cheesy Pinwheels
  • Loaded Antipasto Salad


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Hello, my name is ThienBao. I am a freelance developer specializing in various types of code.