Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Fried Rice

The most important ingredient in fried rice is cold leftover rice. You can make your own leftover rice by; steaming it using your favorite method, spreading it on a cookie sheet and putting it in the freezer until chilled.

The second most important ingredients in fried rice are oyster sauce and toasted sesame oil. The oyster sauce adds saltiness like soy sauce but has greater depth of flavor. The sesame oil adds that certain something that makes this fried rice taste authentic. WARNING; a little goes a long way. Toasted sesame oil can really take over a dish.

Fried Rice

2 tablespoons or so oil, divided
2 eggs, beaten
salt and pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups or so previously cooked and chilled brown or white rice
1 cup chopped cooked chicken, pork, shrimp or ham
oyster sauce
soy sauce
toasted sesame oil

Heat 1 tablespoon or so of the oil over high heat, add egg and cook, stirring constantly until cooked and fluffy. Set aside.

Wipe out pan if necessary. Add remaining tablespoon of oil and garlic. Cook, stirring constantly until you can smell the garlic. It is better if the garlic doesn't burn.

Add the rice, eggs and meat. Stir to break up eggs and clumps of rice while it is coming to temperature.

Stir in oyster sauce, soy sauce and toasted sesame oil to your taste. I probably use a tablespoon or soy of oyster and soy and a 1/4 teaspoon of oil.


Frozen peas can be added to great effect. Bacon makes an awesome cooking oil and meat for this recipe.



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