Fried rice is nothing more than leftover white rice and yet it’s one of the best comfort foods ever. Fried rice just doesn’t have the same texture and taste if it’s made with freshly cooked rice.
I enjoy my fried rice with lots of fried garlic, a dash of soy sauce and a sprinkle of salt. This is my ultimate fried rice dish.
What’s great about fried rice though is that it can be a meal in itself. Got some leftover adobo? Shred the meat and stir it into the fried rice while it cooks. Want the kids to eat their vegetables without you having to nag? Mix in peas, carrots and corn into the fried rice. It’s versatile, filling and hits the spot all the time.
Fried Rice Recipe
Cooking fried rice is fairly simple. All you need is a hot pan, your leftover rice, your choice of seasoning/s (soy sauce, salt, pepper, cinnamon, curry powder, etc.), your additional ingredients (shredded chicken, chopped bacon, eggs, whatever’s in the refrigerator that needs to be consumed ASAP).
1. Heat some oil in a pan.
2. Toast the garlic. You can either toast all the garlic till golden brown, take them out then mix them with the fried rice towards the end of the cooking process, or if you’re like me, just toast them till they’re almost golden brown. The less cooking steps there are for me, the better. If you like onions in your fried rice, sauté them till translucent before putting in the garlic.
3. Pour in your leftover white rice. Break down with your spatula so there are no clumps. Sprinkle some water on the rice if they’re too stuck together.
4. Stir in your additional ingredients. If you want egg in your fried rice, you can do it two ways: (a) Fry the egg in the pan. When done, take it out, slice into strips then add to the fried rice later on. (b) Or if you want to wash as less plates as possible, like me, I just create a well at the center of the rice and cook the egg there. When it’s done to my liking, I just shred it with the spatula and mix it in with the rice.
5. Season according to taste.
There you have it – simple Asian food that’s big on comfort and flavor. Partner with your favorite ulam (viand) and get ready to be stuffed, or enjoy a bowl of fried rice with all the trimmings.