Friday, September 18, 2009

Friday's Chinese Take Out (Fried Rice)

Starting today each Friday I will post an easy and affordable Chinese recipe to help you quench the cravings for take out. Today we start with:

Fried Rice

3 cups of leftover steamed rice stored overnight in the refrigerator
3 eggs
5 green onions (half a bunch)
5 slices of smoked ham or smoked bacon precooked
1/2 cup of soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon white pepper (adjust to preference)
1/2 teaspoon MSG I prefer Ajinomoto over Accent (you may skip this part if you are allergic)
4 tablespoons of oil

-optional ingredients-
leftover cooked shrimp
sauteed cubed carrots or frozen peas
leftover cooked chicken
water chestnuts

Wok or large skillet
mixing bowl
clean spray bottle
wooden spoon
paper towels


  1. Chop onions and meat into small squares and set aside
  2. Heat wok or skillet with 2 tablespoons of oil until a drop of water sizzles.
  3. Crack eggs open and season with a pinch of white pepper, salt and MSG.
  4. Pour eggs in wok to create an omelet. Make sure it is well cooked showing golden brown spots. turn it with spatula and cook both sides equally. Pull from wok and drain excess oil in paper towels.
  5. Loosen cold rice with hands, add half tablespoon of oil to your wok and add rice little by little ensuring it warms up evenly and it remains loose.
  6. Create a crater in the middle of the warm rice and add the onion and meat to warm without mixing with the rice until you can sense the fragrance of onion and warm meat.
  7. Fold rice gently and sprinkle pepper, salt and MSG to taste.
  8. Place your soy sauce in a spray bottle, spray small amounts and mix while keeping the rice over high heat.
  9. Chop your omelet into half inch squares and fold into mixture of rice keeping it on high heat for two extra minutes

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