I had days old rice in my fridge and some bacon in the freezer. Of course it meant the perfect time for fried rice! The wise Chinese chefs tell us that fried rice is best made with old rice as opposed to freshly cooked rice. Freshly cooked rice is too soft and watery and doesn't come out nearly as well.
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Fried Rice Recipe
With this recipe, you can use as little or much of any of the ingredient. The great thing about this is that you can tailor it to exactly how you like it or you can just get rid of anything and everything you have in the fridge.
The following recipe is what I used today.
- Old Rice (rice that has been sitting in the fridge for at least a day). I used was a take-away plastic container full
- Eggs (3)
- Bacon (3 slices)
- Frozen Mixed Vegetables
- Vegetable Oil
- Soy Sauce (I used the type you get in mini plastic fish containers from take-away sushi)
- Shaoxing Cooking Wine
1. Dice the bacon
2. Chop up the shallots
3. Put the frozen mixed vegetables with some warm water in a bowl/container to let it defrost
4. Beat the eggs in a bowl and add a tiny dash of the cooking wine, soy sauce and salt
5. Heat up the oil in a wok and add a tiny sprinkling of salt (salt in the oil in the wok means less oil jumping out at you)
6. Pour the bowl of beaten eggs into the very hot oil and scramble until barely cooked (since it'll be cooking a lot more later, you don't want to overcook the eggs at this stage. Transfer the cooked eggs back into the bowl
7. Pour a tiny splash of oil in the wok and add the diced bacon.
8. Add the rice and move the rice and bacon around until the rice cooks
9. Drain the mixed vegetables and add into the wok
10. Add some soy sauce and mix
11. Return the cooked eggs into the wok and add the chopped shallots
12. Stir-fry until everything is cooked, and taste to ensure the flavour is to your liking
1. Chuck everything you have into the wok and stir.