Fried Rice

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

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