Saturday, September 6, 2008

Combination Fried Rice (With Tips on Frying Yummy Rice)

I believe that many people including kids and adults like fried rice. I, myself, like it very much. Not only does it taste good, but also it’s easy and handy to cook. I can add whatever ingredients I like. Best of all, it helps to clear away any leftovers in my refrigerator.

Whenever my mother had to work late, my father would fry rice for us. It’s very delicious. I took it as a treat as my mother normally did the cooking for the family.

Combination Fried Rice 雜錦炒飯

Here I'd like to share a few tricks on how to fry yummy rice that I learned from my father. If you have more tips on frying rice, feel free to leave in the comments.

Firstly, when it comes to fry rice, we have to use leftover rice because you don’t want any soggy rice. Mixing with all the other vegetables and meat, the rice would be just right, not so dry or soggy.

Secondly, use as many favorite ingredients as you like. There’s no only one rule to combine ingredients for fried rice. So, be creative and enjoy whatever you like.

Thirdly, the right order is to pan fry eggs, then followed by rice. Many people make the mistake to put in rice first, then pour in whisked eggs. This would make the rice soggy and mushy by absorbing the egg mixture.

Last but not least, don’t stir fry all ingredients with rice in the first place. You have to sauté the meat and vegetables separately. Then combine with the fried rice when it’s nearly done. Simple and easy~

Ingredients :
  • 3 bowls leftover rice
  • 1 onion
  • 1 sausage (I used Continental Frankfurt this time)
  • 1 slice ham
  • 6 mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 3 eggs, whisked
Seasoning:
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • A pinch of black pepper, to your taste
  • salt, to your taste
  • sugar, to your taste

Method:
  1. Blanch green peas in boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Cut onion, sausage and ham into small cubes. Slice mushrooms.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of cooking oil and sauté onion on medium-heat pan, add in mushrooms until tender. Put in green peas and sauté for 2 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Heat pan on medium heat, sauté sausage and ham until light brown. Dish up.
  5. Clean the pan with a piece of kitchen towel. Add 2 tablespoons of oil, pour in whisked eggs. When the egg mixture is half-way cooked through, add in leftover rice. Stir well for about 10 minutes on high heat. When all rice is evenly heated up and mixed well with the eggs, add in onion, green peas and mix well. At last, add the sausage and ham. While stirring all ingredients together, generously sprinkle salt, sugar and black pepper. Drizzle the soy sauce all around the rice and toss. Taste it by yourself. When you’re satisfied, it’s done.
Combination Fried Rice Procedures雜錦炒飯製作圖

Tips:
  1. You can use whatever greens you like, for example capsicum, celery. Other meat, like chicken, shrimp, beef or BBQ pork can be good choice too.
  2. If you preheat the chilled leftover rice in a microwave beforehand, it would shorten the cooking time. Save your energy~

Enjoy your yummy fried rice !

You might like this recipe as well:

Salmon Fried Rice (Quick Lunch)

6 comments :

  1. Thanks so much for the tips. I plan on giving this a shot later on this week!

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  2. To Ty:
    You're welcome. I bet you'll like it.

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  3. I work in a chinese restaurant and think this is an excellent summary of how to properly cook fried rice. Many blogs and even books get this wrong, so well done to you. Excellent site overall too!

    Did you used to work in a restaurant also?

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  4. Hi Christine,

    I found it very funny that whenever your mom had to work late, your Dad made fried rice! Because that's exactly happened at our home! It was the only thing my dad could cook well, so it was fried rice night when mom was out!

    Btw, I love your blog, and love the simple home made canto dishes :)

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  5. @Leena:
    Thank you for your love of my blog.
    Great minds think a like, lol.

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  6. Good tips on cooking the eggs first. I always either fry the egg and add it last or mixed in after frying the rice. I will be using your method when I make fried rice next week. Last but not least, I love your site. Your Japanese style milk bread is wonderful. I no longer have to buy raisin bread from the best chinese bakery in town! :)

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