15 Minute Meal: Delicious Chinese Fried Rice 3-Step Recipe
You would not know how big a deal fried rice is in Asia if you do not experience it for yourself--even if you are half a world away. It is especially important with the Chinese because of its versatility and can be cooked in a gazillion different ways. There is no dull Chinese fried rice. You can always be assured it is zinging with all kinds of colours and flavours that suit everybody's palate.
This versatility with regards to its cooking variations has paved way for the fried rice that are now very popular nowadays including Singaporean Spicy Fried Rice, Fujian Fried Rice, Yangzhou Fried Rice, Bai Cha, Cha Han, and so on.
The recipe below is that of the very popular Chinese Fried Rice. It is very simple to make and needs some very basic kitchen ingredients that are lying in your kitchen. This recipe serves two people and if you need to make this for twenty people, just do the necessary calculations.
Preparation Time: 5 Minutes Cooking Time: 10 Minutes
What are the secrets of the best Chinese Fried Rice?
(1) RICE -- A freshly-cooked steaming rice would simply not do. An ideal Chinese fried rice would be rice that is "aged" for approximately a day. To 'age' your rice, put it inside the refrigerator for 24 hours. This aging process will dehydrate your rice and will give you small rice grains after cooking that is stripped out of the superfluous water.
(2) HEAT -- When cooking Chinese fried rice, make sure that your heat is at its maximum to ensure that the rice gets cooked evenly and this further help in the dehydration process. You do not want your fried rice wet and sticky. You want them to be ready to jump at your face like Jackie Chan in Shanghai Noon.
(3) CHINESE COOKING SPIRIT -- When cooking, think of yourself as the Chinese chefs you see in Asian Food Channel or yes, even as Jackie Chan. Although this is not a secret any smart Chinese would teach you, believe me, this IS IT.
5 Ham Pieces, Chopped
1 Sausage, Sliced
2 Eggs, Beaten
2 Bowls Cold Rice, Cooked
2 Tbsp Green Peas
2 Tbsp Onions, Sliced
Salt and Pepper
(a) Prepare the onion, sausage and ham. Set this aside.
(b) Beat the eggs and set aside.
(a) Sauté the onion until it turns golden brown
(b) Throw in the sausage, ham and green peas with the onion and sauté for 5 minutes
(c) Set aside
(a) Heat oil in pan and add the beaten egg
(b) Add the cooked rice and scramble with the egg for 5 minutes
(c) Add in the sauted onion, sausage, ham and green peas from Step 2
(d) Add salt and pepper for taste