Ed and I have eaten a lot of fried rice recently. In Hong Kong. In Vietnam. In Cambodia. In the Philippines.
You could say fried rice is a staple in our lives. Just this simple dish: hot rice, vaguely crispy from the fry, lightly salty (but never with added soy sauce) and with a bit of egg, onion (usually in the form of scallion) and cooked vegetables. And that's how we had it (with a change of seasonings, depending on where we were) throughout Southeast Asia.
And that's how we have it at home (only from now on I will add more of the flavorings we recently sampled -- like sliced chili pepper or fresh coriander or star anise).
Because no matter what else I make for dinner, Ed will always welcome fried rice as a side dish.
He will also welcome fried rice as the main dish.
That makes it very easy for me, especially on days when I don't feel like fussing over dinner.
It does take some thinking ahead, because it's best to make fried rice using cold, cooked rice.
After that it's simple. You stirfry the rice and add all sorts of other ingredients from cooked carrots or mushrooms or any other veggie, to frozen peas to canned water chestnuts to fresh scallions to leftover chicken or veal to scrambled eggs -- whatever you have! And season it the way you like.
Like the recipe below, which was a filling, satisfying, delicious one-pot dinner.
Another bonus -- I added some of the Carrington Sriracha flavored coconut oil that I mentioned when I posted about Sriracha-Parmesan Popcorn. I got the oil, among other things at Crafted Kosher, a new website that has an enormous assortment of interesting products. The coconut oil is coming in handy for many of my recipes (stay tuned). Just a small amount makes a huge flavor difference, as it did with this fried rice.
Fried Rice with Egg and Peas
- 4 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha flavored coconut oil
- 4 scallions, chopped
- 3 cups cooked cold rice
- 3/4 cup thawed frozen peas
- 1 cup diced leftover turkey, chicken or veal, optional
- 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
Beat the eggs in a bowl and set aside. Heat 2 teaspoons of the vegetable oil in a wok or stirfry pan over medium-high heat. Add the eggs and cook, stirring once or twice until they are set on the bottom. Turn the eggs over and cook briefly until firm. Dish out the eggs onto a chopping board, chop them and set them aside. Heat the remaining vegetable oil and the coconut oil in the pan. Add the scallions and stirfry for about one minute. Add the rice, eggs, peas, optional meat and salt and stirfry for 2-3 minutes to distribute ingredients and heat the rice.
Makes 2-4 servings, depending on whether this is a one-dish meal or part of a meal