Sunday, October 4, 2009

Lazy Sunday Fried Rice

I've been making fried rice since I was a teenager. It's probably one of my most favourite one-dish-meals as it can include generally almost any ingredient. It's also a great way to use up left-overs when you don't feel like stepping out to do grocery shopping. One of my favourite cooking activities is to put together something out of a bunch of random ingredients. Fried rice is just the embodiment of that.
What I put in (Enough for 2):
  • 1 large shallot
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1tsp fresh ginger, ground
  • Handful of frozen peas
  • 2 eggs
  • Dash of fish sauce (to taste)
  • Dash of sesame oil
  • Sunflower oil for frying
  • Cold left over rice (about 3 cups)*
  • Handful of frozen baby crayfish (prawns, left over meat cuts or tofu will do too)
*note: it's really important that the rice is cold or at least at room temperature. Freshly cooked/steamed rice will make your fried rice sticky

How to make it:
  • Crack the eggs into a hot pan with some oil and stir it up until cooked. Dish the egg away into a plate or bowl and leave to rest.
  • Add some more oil into the pan, dice the onions, ginger and garlic and add to pan, letting them sweat until the onion is translucent
  • Add the crayfish and peas and stir until almost cooked
  • Add the rice. At this point it might take awhile for the rice to separate. Be patient, just stir the rice around, add the fish sauce and sesame oil. It will help the rice to separate.
  • When rice grains are separated, stir in the eggs. The fried rice is now ready to eat!

Serve up the fried rice in a bowl and eat it on the couch in front of your laptop or the tv. After all, that's why it's called a lazy sunday :)


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