Chinese Fried Rice
Fried rice is my favorite way to use up leftover rice. It’s so easy to make at home and a tasty way to use up leftovers.
You can put a variety of ingredients, though most versions will include scrambled eggs and frozen peas, corn and carrots. Usually, a protein is added like chicken, beef, ham or shrimp. And of course you can add other items in as well. My mom has a secret ingredient she likes to add in hers.
The rice is flavored with soy sauce and pepper, but my mom also likes to put a little butter. It’s not a traditional ingredient, but it brings a nice aroma to the dish that vegetable oil doesn’t.
Fried rice reminds me of banana bread. With banana bread, someone came up with the genius idea of using the old brown bananas that are ready to be tossed and turned them into something delicious. And you actually want the really brown bananas for the best bananas bread. Similarly, you want the day old rice that has been sitting in the fridge and is hard and dry and you can turn it into a delicious dish.
- 3 cups cold day-old rice
- 2 large eggs beaten
- 1 cup frozen peas corn, carrots medley
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup chopped cooked protein ham, chicken, beef, etc
- 1 tsp finely chopped garlic
- 3 tbsp chopped green onions
- about 2 tbsp soy sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
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Heat wok to medium high heat and add in chopped garlic and a little of the oil. Once the aroma of the garlic comes out, add in frozen vegetables and cook until they are heated through.
Add in the rice and the rest of the oil. Toss rice in oil at high heat. Add in chopped cooked protein and butter and continue to cook. Add in soy sauce and salt and pepper to taste.
When rice is almost ready, shift it to the side and then add beaten egg to the empty side of the wok. Swirl the eggs to break them up and scramble them. When they are close to being cooked, add them back with the rice. Add scallions and stir. Serve warm.