Sunday, June 3, 2012

Recipe: Fried Rice

Ingredients: 1 cup Rice, 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce, 1 tablespoon Fish Sauce, 1 Egg, 3 carrots (medium size), 1 red bell pepper diced(small or half of a medium), 1 parsnip (medium size), 1/2 red onion diced, 1/2 cup of chicken broth, 1/4 stick butter, 1 teaspoon garlic salt, salt & pepper to taste. Cayenne powder or red pepper flakes (both optional).

Equipment: Rice Cooker, Large Pan with lid to cook rice in. Large flat cake pan to dry rice in.

Cook 1 cup rice in your rice cooker. Drop a pinch of salt in the rice cooker and a drop of oil. Your rice will have a nice glassy look if you put a drop of oil in it. This should yield 2-3 cups of rice. You should take the rice out before it gets mushy as fried rice should have a little bite. I like using basmati if possible.. Other rices are OK also. I would recommend against brown rice or wild rice though. Stick with a white rice.

Take the rice out once done and spread it out as much as possible on a rectangular cake pan. This is to dry the rice out. Fried rice shouldn't have any moisture in it or it will end up mushy and an unappealing texture (it will still taste good though). Alternatively, if you have time you can dry your rice in the fridge uncovered for 30-45 mins. Dont wash the large cake pan yet. You will use it later as well.

In the large pan, add half of your butter and the onions for 5 minutes in medium heat. Next add the chicken broth, carrots and parsnips and cover for 10 minutes. Next add the soy sauce, fish sauce and garlic salt and cook uncovered until the liquid reduces to a quarter of what was there.. Drop the red bell pepper in and cook for 2 more minutes. Crack an egg and beat it in the mean time with salt and pepper... Next add the contents of the pan to the rice mixture in the cake pan, add the egg right after and mix slowly.. Rice should be mixed with a fork and it should be fluffed... After everything is nicely mixed together, add the remaining butter and if you want it to be a bit spicy add cayenne pepper and/or red pepper flakes and mix one final time. After this, taste for salt and pepper and add to your taste.
 There are endless variations to this dish and you can add any veggies you like and even sausage or cooked meats as well. The beauty of this is that it is very cheap to make and you get something like 6 servings out of my recipe.

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