Sunday, December 6, 2009

A Simple Recipe for Chinese Fried Rice

***If you're a Chinese food fan...and I definitely am!...There's no doubt you've had Chinese Fried Rice before. It's one of those side dishes that never gets old, and there are many variations on the popular dish. If you have left-over white rice from the night before, fried rice is the perfect solution. In fact, it's better with day-old rice.

Before making this dish, my only foray into Chinese food was making homemade egg rolls. So, I am by no means an expert on Chinese cooking. However, THIS recipe seemed simple and straightforward, so I decided to give it a try. I paired it with store-bought sushi, and I had a fantastic meal! Feel free to add chicken, shrimp, beef, onions, garlic, etc...!***

1 - 2 green onions, as desired
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste
4 tablespoons oil for stir-frying, or as needed
4 cups cold cooked rice
1 cup frozen peas
1 - 2 tablespoons light soy sauce, as desired
Wash and finely chop the green onion. Lightly beat the eggs with the salt and pepper.

Heat a wok or frying pan and add 2 tablespoons oil. When the oil is hot, add the peas and stir fry until tender. Next, add the eggs. Cook, stirring, until they are lightly scrambled but not too dry. Remove the egg mixture and clean out the pan.

Add 2 tablespoons oil. Add the rice. Stir-fry for a few minutes, using chopsticks or a wooden spoon to break it apart. Stir in the soy sauce as desired.

When the rice is heated through, add the scrambled egg back into the pan. Mix thoroughly. Stir in the green onion. Serve hot.

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