I wasn’t a big fan of rice, but nowadays I eat a lot of it. I especially like the fried rice with pork we get from our favorite Chinese restaurant, and I was in the mood for some… but it was the middle of the week (no take-out allowed!, we try to eat as healthy as we can during the week, and it’s also good for our budget), so I looked up a recipe to make a quick version of it at home. This recipe is great for a weekday meal, you can sneak in any kind of vegetable you like, snow peas would’ve been a nice addition but I used what I had at hand, some carrots, spring onions, and peas. Aside from being a quick and delicious meal, another advantage is that it is a kid friendly recipe, my daughter loved it!. ( Well, in all fairness, she loves rice… however it is cooked.)
An important note is that for this kind of recipe, old rice is best. So if you have any leftover white rice, use it. Otherwise, you can cook the cup of rice the day before and use it the next day to finish preparing the dish.
Recipe adapted from Taste
1 cup white rice (uncooked)
2 chicken breasts, cut into chunks.
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 carrot, peeled and grated
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely shredded (microplane)
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
2 shallots, trimmed, finely sliced
1 spring onion, finely sliced. (use the green parts for garnish)
½ cup cooked peas
1 tablespoon soy sauce, plus extra to serve
- Cook the rice as you normally would, and let it cool.
- Using a whisk, lightly beat eggs in a small bowl. Heat oil in non-stick wok or large frying pan over medium heat. Add eggs. Swirl over base to form an omelette. Cook 2 minutes. Turn over. Cook 2 minutes until set. Transfer to a chopping board. Set aside to cool slightly. Cut into short strips.
- Add a little more oil to wok (or pan) and add the chicken. Cook until light golden. Add carrot. Stir fry 1 minute. Add shallots, garlic, peas, ginger and rice. Cook, stirring, 3-4 minutes. Add egg, spring onion (white and green parts) and soy sauce. Stir until heated through. Serve immediately, with extra soy.
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