10 Toppings for White Rice to Try

Let’s talk about white rice! This incredible grain is a culinary superstar, gracing kitchens all around the world. From Asia to Africa, Europe to the Americas, white rice is a staple that culture to culture connects us all. So, picture this: you have a fluffy cloud of perfectly cooked white rice on your plate, waiting to be devoured: what are you going to put on top of it? I asked 10 people from 10 countries and here is what they said:


“What I like to add to white rice is olives, green peas and tuna and also some mayonnaise and that’s quite common here so I hope you enjoy it!”
Submitted By: Marina

What You’ll Need

  • Olives
  • Green Peas
  • Tuna
  • Mayo


“A childhood favorite of mine is rice topped with brown sugar and cold cream. It’s kind of a cheeky take on creamed rice that my dad used to make for us.”
Submitted By: Jess

What You’ll Need

  • Cream
  • Brown Sugar


“My three toppings for rice today are a ghee, gunpowder and raw red onions. I would say that this combination is close to almost all South Indians hearts. It’s a nice break to have this from the more common toppings of dal or sabzi.”
Submitted By: Chandrika

What You’ll Need

  • Ghee
  • Gun Powder
  • Red Onion


“I would make nasi sarden. It’s actually a combination of white rice and canned sardines which have tomato sauce in it.  And it’s a very nice savory dish, it’s a staple for Indonesia’s households and I love to have it as a lunch or as a brunch.”
Submitted By: Puspa

What You’ll Need

  • Sardines in Tomato Sauce


“We make Uzemtei Berees with leftover rice often. It’s made with shar tos which is similar to ghee washed raisins and warmed up leftover rice. I like mine pretty sweet but you have to make sure you use enough shar tos to cover every single rice grain with shine.”
Submitted By: Uyanga

What You’ll Need

  • Ghee
  • Raisins
  • Sugar


“I’m a Filipino-American from Southern California. If I had a bowl of rice the two ingredients I like to put on top of it would be: fried spam and a fried egg. If I have some green onions from the garden I’ll sprinkle that on top as well, and if I’m feeling extra spicy might as well throw on some kimchi. This dish is called spamsilog and it’s something I could eat for breakfast lunch and dinner.”
Submitted By: Wally

What You’ll Need

  • Fried Spam
  • Fried Egg
  • Green Onion
  • Kimchi


“Here, it’s really common to have arroz a la cubana or cuban rice style. To prepare it, it’s really simple: you just top the white rice with fried tomato sauce and a fried egg on top. And, it’s ready to enjoy. I hope you like it!”
Submitted By: Mai

What You’ll Need

  • Tomato Sauce
  • Fried Egg


“I would add chickpeas, herb salad and pickled green chilies. Rice with chickpeas is a street food in Turkey and it’s called Nohut Pilav.”
Submitted By: Mina

What You’ll Need

  • Chickpeas
  • Tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Pickled Green Chilli


“I’ve got a very Americanized rice bowl topping for you. I cut chicken nuggets in quarters, add green onions and ginger paste and, if i happen to have it, I’ll also top it with some sesame seeds. I live in a rural area and there aren’t a lot of options for different cuisines and ingredients from around the world and I kind of just wanted an easy way to make something that was kind of like a stir fry.”
Submitted By: Jenna

What You’ll Need

  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Ginger Paste
  • Green Onion
  • Sesame Seeds


“On top of rice, it may sound different, I like to put a strawberry smoothie. Like the slavic sweet pasta, Poles feel the same with sweets. You just get warm rice and literally put the smoothie on top. It’s good I promise!”
Submitted By: Róża

What You’ll Need

  • Strawberry Smoothie

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