Fried rice is always the most popular item in Chinese restaurants. Fried rice is a versatile dish and one can add any ingredients to it, plus it’s a great way to use up overnight rice and make it into an appetizing, cheap, and flavorful meal.
For me, my mother’s fried rice recipe is still the best. She used chopped long beans (instead of frozen peas) to give her fried rice a crunchy texture. She also infused the cooking oil with thin ginger strips (instead of the usual garlic)–two special ingredients to make fried rice extra aromatic and delicious.
Fried Rice Recipe
12 oz. overnight rice
4 oz. chicken breast (cut into cubes)
4 oz. shrimp (cleaned and deveined)
2 oz. long beans (tips removed and chopped into very short pieces)
2 oz. carrots (cut into tiny cubes)
2 eggs (beaten)
2-inch ginger (peeled and cut into thin long strips)
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon oyster sauce
2 tablespoon cooking oil
3 dashes white pepper powder
Salt to taste (optional)
Heat up a wok with two tablespoons of oil. Add ginger strips and fry until aromatic, follow by chicken, shrimp, long beans and carrots. Stir fry until they are half cooked. Add in the overnight rice and stir well with the ingredients. Add soy sauce, fish sauce, oyster sauce, white pepper powder and continue to stir the fried rice for a couple of minutes.
Make a “well” in the middle of the fried rice and pour the beaten eggs in the well. Wait for 30 seconds and then cover the “egg well” with the fried rice. Leave it for 30 seconds and continue to stir-fry so the eggs form small pieces and mix well with the fried rice. Add in the fried salted fish and do some quick stirs, dish out and serve hot.
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