Fried rice is another one of those dishes that is commonly associated with Chinese cooking.
To be honest, I have never cared for it. I prefer squidgy plain boiled rice. However, in the last year or so it has grown on me; it’s highly convenient to eat and can have lots of different textures (crunchy, soft, salty, sweet). You can add your own condiments (for me, Mouldy tofu, soy sauce light and chilli turnips).
My mother also happens to make the most delicious fried rice and it almost never features chicken – it’s much nicer with ham or bacon in my opinon!
One of the reasons she makes it so often is because it’s great for leftovers including rice. Rice can be reheated successfully when you refry it (provided you cook it throughly). Rarely will she actually cut up fresh vegetables or make a new batch of rice unless I request it for a meal! It’s leftover city at her house!
Here is how to make fresh fried rice or indeed, chuck in your leftovers if you like!
1 Can of Sweetcorn (Green Giant – you can try others but it is the best)
One bowl of frozen peas
RIce to serve around 3-4 people
3-4 slices of Bacon
Salt and Pepper
(Any other veg or meat you fancy really).
1. First off use left over rice OR boil some to serve how ever many people you are feeding. Rice used here is longgrain and you don’t want to over cook it. The grains should not be mushy at all – almost ever so slightly (and I do mean slightly) under done:
Set to one side.
2. The bacon needs to be boiled until cooked. If you use something like packaged ham then you don’t need to cook it first.
Bacon only needs boiling for a few minutes:
Once this is done, remove it and blot till dry with kitchen towels. Slice:
2. Set the bacon aside. Heat your wok (make sure it is bone dry) and add some oil…
3. Add about 3 tablespoons of oil (vegetable or sunflower) and when it is hot, drop your 2 eggs in:
4. Once it starts to cook (the edges start to bubble) add the bacon. The green beans on the side is what my Nana for no reason at all cut up and left there (we share chopping boards it seems). We threw this in anyway:
5. Mix everything up.
6. Tip your rice in:
7. The secret to fried rice is cooking everything so that it’s all nice and hot and separated. Do not be too rough as you will mush up the rice – you need to press it down so that the rice on the base gets cooked, scoop it up then repeat.
8. Add the peas (from frozen is fine) and sweetcorn.
9. Season with salt, sesame oil (a dash) and dark soy sauce for the colour.
10. Mix it all up until it is heated through and golden. Yum!
You can have fried rice however you like, with something else, or on its own. You can add any meat and also vegetables.
Let me know what you think of this – if you can make it from left overs, even better!