This is really the fastest, most simple meal you can make. There are no rules when making fried rice and you can add just about anything you’d like to it. I usually add eggs, vegetables (varies), and Chinese sausage. Sounds typical.
Well, this time I didn’t have any typical ingredients so I added whatever I could find in my fridge. And that was 1 day old rice (good for this purpose b/c the rice is kinda dry), various types of deli meat (yes! like ham, turkey, salami- very untypical), frozen vegetables, basil, red onions, and bean sprouts.
It’s your fried rice, you can do whatever you want!
A seasoned wok is best for making fried rice b/c of the extreme heat that it retains and it just provides this sort of authentic flavor. If you don’t have a wok, use a regular pan. Don’t let a wok come b/w you and your fried rice!
First add in oil, garlic, red onions, Thai basil and scallions, sauteed until tender. Next I add in the deli meat to brown them. This is when I would typically add in the Chinese sausage. Then comes the rice, soy sauce, sesame oil (optional), salt, a bit of sugar. Sometimes I use oyster sauce but that is also optional. Veggies comes in last. You may need additional oil once the rice comes in b/c it absorbs a lot.
If you are adding eggs, scramble them in a separate pan then add them in when you add in the meat.
Sometimes I add curry powder to make curry fried rice.
Yes, you are a true Asian when you eat fried rice with chopsticks!
Til next post, Kellie.