I heart Chinese food, but I don't heart paying for it. When I was a newlywed I decided I wanted to make some authentic Chinese food, so I called my brother-in-law (who went on a Chinese-speaking mission) and asked for a recipe for fried rice. His response began, "Fried rice is just that: fried rice." Thank you, sir. His "recipe" consisted of "sometimes adding" bla bla bla and adding such and such "to taste." I don't like recipes like that. I need specifics and lots of them.
Last week I decided I have eaten enough fried rice to know what it should taste like, so I put some things together and it turned out perfectly! Here is my specific recipe for fried rice:
1 garlic clove, minced
2 green onions, diced
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, and corn)
1 T soy sauce
1-2 T oil
Heat oil in large skillet or wok (enough to cover the bottom). Add green onions and garlic and saute just until fragrant. Add rice and stir until rice has a brown coating. Add frozen veggies and soy sauce, stirring constantly. When vegetables are no longer frozen, add the egg. Continue to stir until the egg is cooked.
Add diced ham with egg and you have Ham Fried Rice.
Add cocktail shrimp after the egg and you have Shrimp Fried Rice.
Speaking of Chinese food, does anyone have a good recipe for stir fry sauce? I always just buy a seasoning packet, but I'm sure there's a better way.