Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Fried Rice

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:

2 cups cooked white rice (preferrably cold)
1 garlic clove, minced
2 green onions, diced
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, and corn)
1 T soy sauce
1 egg
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.


allyn said...

i have totally been craving fried rice the last few days. how did you know?

Mom said...

Did you really just make that up? Because it is exactly how I learned to make it, except that I use fresh carrots rather than frozen. I also like to put in canned, drained bean sprouts.

melissa said...

Okay, that I definitely don't remember. When did you make fried rice?

Mom said...

That must have been before certain children went balistic over "green things" in their food!

Wendy said...

so...made this last night and I think I might be Ben's favorite wife now. THANKS!