Back in the day..1994 I think?
When we were little, we thought we were rich. Not because we had a big house, not because we had a lot of things, because we always had amazing food. Now that we are older, we’ve realized that we had Spam and rice for one dinner, a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store the next…you get the picture. Our mom always did her best to make sure we were never without the basics in life, even while 6 of us lived in a 2 bedroom apartment.
One of the dinners that she made was fried rice with a fried egg on top. I remember always putting ketchup on it into a smiley face, and it was one of my favorite dinners, and something I wanted to introduce my own family to. It is great for using up any leftovers, and I do mean any. Got some pork? chicken? left over hamburger? Make some fried rice! After years of struggling to replicate her recipe I finally figured it out! I don’t know if your mom is the same, but my mom has NO IDEA how much of anything is in there. So if I say “Mom, how much soy sauce do you put in for 1lb of bulgogi, she will look at me and say “if you add too much, just add more sugar.” OOOH OK! lol. I went to school for chemistry, I need specific measurements, at least as a starting point.
Alright, focus, back to the matter at hand. The other night we had some makeshift chinese food for dinner, rice, pork drenched in Aso sauce, and sauteed green beans. Since, there is only two of us (B isn’t quite there yet) we always have a ton of leftovers. There are two reasons for this, a.) It’s impossible to find recipes for two people. b.) I suck at figuring out how much we actually eat. This whole making dinner and being successful at it is new to me. When Ezrah and I first got together, I couldn’t make Mac & Cheese without screwing something up. I never had the patience for culinary in real life. In game, sure!…. Actually, I don’t have the patience for crafting in game either… oh well
So i took all the left overs, and put them in one big container in the fridge. Here is my fried rice secret #1: COLD RICE. At least 24 hours in the fridge, maybe even 2 days. This rice was in there for two days. I tried making rice, and throwing it in the freezer and making it that way, but I would not recommend it. It comes out mushy. Sometimes it still comes out mushy, it’s ok, it will still taste good. Just make a note for next time on what you did and how mushy it was, and try something else! I also recommend having a giant frypan/wok/type thing. I don’t because I’m poor, so I just used a giant pot instead. It gets the job done, but not as much as a frypan would, and I think it adds to the mushiness, however, it still can be done.!
Ok so enough talk, heres some step by step instructions. Perhaps I can stay on point that way.
Things you will need:
~Veggies (literally whatever you have will work, green beans, carrots, peas, what have you)
~Onion (I only use 1/4 of a good sized onion, Ez doesn’t like a lot of onion, and he’ll only eat it if it is soft, or else he thinks of eating dragonfly wings….idk)
~Garlic (I use minced from a jar, because it’s nice and convenient for me, I also use 2 tsp.)
~Meat (Optional, but use whatever left overs you have)
~Soy Sauce (some grocery stores have CJ Brand, which I like a lot better than Kikkoman, I think it has a richer flavor)
~Sesame Oil (Very potent, use sparingly)
~Rice Vinegar (Secret #2. It’s not completely essential, You can do without it, but this is what I was missing for so long! The smell is alot stronger than the taste)
Step 1: Chop all your onions, veggies and meat into bite sized pieces. The idea is to get them around the same size, so they cook around the same time. I find however the longer it takes me to chop things, the bigger the pieces get ><
Step 2: Over Medium to Medium High heat heat about 1-2 tbsp of Sesame oil in a frypan/wok/pot. Add the onion, garlic, veggies, and sautee them around for a while, until they start turning soft. If you want them softer, cook a little longer, more crunch, less cooking. You get the idea.
Step 3: Add optional meat. Heat that up for about 5 minutes, until everything is the consistency you like and nice and blended.
Step 4: Add COLD RICE. Every recipe I’ve looked at says to add 2 cups. I don’t know how much I usually have, but it all depends on your desired ratio. The way I see it, as long as you have some rice in there it counts ya? Anyway, give it a good stir around a couple times. Rice burns very fast, so make sure you keep a close eye on it.
Step 5: Add 2-3 tbsp Soy Sauce and 1 tbsp Rice Vinegar. No matter how much you have, this is a good start. Stir it all in there. If your rice doesn’t look brown enough for you, go ahead and add another tablespoon of soy sauce. I would be cautious on the rice vinegar, it can be really potent pretty fast, and I find pretty much no matter how much I am making, 1 tbsp seems to be enough.
Tada! You’ve just made Fried Rice! And you’ve learned a new culinary recipe! Congratulations!
Do you have a fried rice recipe you would like to share? Maybe some ideas from your own experiences? Please comment and let me know!
If there’s two things I like talking about, it’s gaming, and food.
p.s. I don’t have nice look food pr0n, because frankly, I’m not a photographer, If anybody would like to take pictures of their creations, I will add them!