Eating China states that fried rice is an all-in-one dish that conquered the world. This quick, cheap and tasty dish is endlessly adaptable and available everywhere.
Preparing this all-in-one dish is way quicker than waiting for your on-line take-out deliver to show up.
Regardless of how popular fried rice might be in other countries, in China fried rice is not an everyday home cooked food.
The Chinese like their rice steamed, white, and fluffy, but most of all plain. And fried rice does not fit that description.
As a matter of fact, fried rice was invented to use up leftovers. It was a dish of convenience and a way to save money and to find other uses for leftovers before throwing them out.
But today in China fried rice is eaten more out of choice than necessity. Typically it is served as a meal-in-one dish enjoyed for lunch or as a simple dinner, perhaps with a soup or a vegetable dish.
About That Rice
Some cooks will say that the dryness of day old cooked rice contributes to the ideal texture in the out come of the dish.
Using freshly steamed rice will render the final fried rice mushy and soft.
This is true if using white rice. But using just cooked brown rice will contribute to a typical firm fried rice texture.
This is because brown rice still has the fiber intake. With white rice, the outer fiber had been removed.
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Easy Asian Style Fried Rice
1 cup brown rice, cooked
1 cup frozen peas and carrots
1 chicken thigh, skinless, boneless, chopped into small pieces
3 thick slices of bacon, cut into small pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely diced
3 small cloves garlic, minced
Cook rice according to package instructions. To save time use an Instant Pot. Follow appliance’s manual instructions.
If making stove top cooked rice, it will be done in about 45 minutes. To save time, use an Instant Pot, as brown rice will cook in 25 minutes.
Add diced meat to a medium bowl. Next add soy sauce, garlic, honey and ginger. Mix until well combined. Set aside in refrigerator to marinate meat.
When rice is ready. Set aside to cool.
Place a medium sized skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter. When melted, add eggs, cook soft scrambled, remove from heat and set aside.
In same skillet, add the olive oil and heat. Next, add marinated meat and cook until done, about 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside with scrambled eggs.
In the same skillet, add a teaspoon of butter with cup of frozen peas and carrots. Continuously stir vegetables in butter until vegetables have melted and softened lightly.
Add rice and meat to vegetables. Mix until all is well incorporated.
Plate and serve.
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- Fried Rice Pilaf with Peas Carrots & Almonds
- Hawaiian Fried Rice
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