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Java Rice

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 3-4 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Java Rice is not to be confused as Indonesian as this is a Filipino fried rice cooked in garlic and annatto seeds best paired with sweet style barbecues.



  • 4 cups cold cooked rice, hand mashed to separate grains
  • 2 tbsp annatto seeds
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • oil
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • salt


  1. Heat oil in a wok then add the annatto seeds, stir fry in medium heat until oil turns reddish orange in colour, roughly around 1 minute in medium heat. Remove and discard the annatto seeds leaving the oil on the wok.
  2. Add garlic and stir fry until lightly browned.
  3. Add the shallots and sauté until soft.
  4. Add rice then stir well, evenly distribute the oil while stir frying. Turn heat to high then cook for 5-7 minutes while occasionally stirring.