Lardo onion rice, Xu restaurant

Lardo onion rice

  • serves 2 as a side
  • Easy

Try our quick rice with lardo and super crispy onions. This easy dish makes for an ideal side rice recipe with a twist and comes from the new Taiwanese restaurant XU in London's Chinatown



  • short grain rice 150g
  • lard 3 ½ tbsp, melted
  • soy sauce 2 tsp
  • rice wine vinegar 1 tsp
  • lardo 3 slices (about 15g), cut into bite-sized pieces
  • crispy shallots to serve, (available from Waitrose and Ocado)


  • Step 1

    Wash the rice really well in 3 changes of cold water. Add to a pan with 225ml of cold water and a pinch of salt, and bring to the boil. Put a lid on and cook gently for 18 minutes, or until all of the water has been absorbed. Put the lid back on and leave to steam off the heat for 10 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Put the melted lard, soy sauce and rice wine vinegar into a bowl and whisk until slightly emulsified.

  • Step 3

    Put the cooked rice into a bowl and pour over the dressing, mixing gently. Tip into the serving bowl, top with the pieces of lardo and crispy shallots.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 536
  • Fat 30.6g
  • Saturates 12.2g
  • Carbs 58.2g
  • Sugars 0.8g
  • Fibre 2.1g
  • Protein 5.8g
  • Salt 0.7g