Turn your leftover white rice into the best fried rice you ever had! Fried rice is one of my favorite Chinese dishes. Shrimp, beef or chicken, I love them all. When I go out for Chinese food, I always take all of the leftover white rice back home for making fried rice that lasts me several days.
It's simple to make, but you must have the right ingredients to make it taste like you bought it at your favorite Chinese restaurant. Here's what you need:
2 - 4 cups of cooked leftover white rice
1 - 2 eggs
2 - 3 garlic cloves chopped
2 - 4 tablespoons of Kikkoman Soy Sauce
2 - 3 teaspoons of Sesame oil
1 - package of frozen peas (optional peas & carrots)
3 - tablespoons of Peanut oil or Olive oil ( I always use olive oil because it is healthier but peanut oil is preferred in Chinese cooking because of its high burning temperature.)
A hand full of chopped fresh shrimp, chicken or beef chopped
This first step took me a long time to learn, but it is the most important part of the entire recipe. Beat your eggs as if you were going to make scramble eggs.
I use an old wok that I got at a garage sale but you can use any good frying pan. Place 1 tablespoon of oil into your pan and heat the pan to high. Before the oil starts to smoke throw in your eggs and beat until they are over cooked and start breaking apart into smaller pieces. Remove your eggs from the wok and place them into a container for later.
Now add 1-2 tablespoons of oil and ½ the chopped garlic. Everything should happen fast if you have your heat on high so be fast. Throw your shrimp or meat in the wok and stir fry for a few minutes until cooked and then remove from the wok and place into the container with the eggs.
Now add the rest of the oil and 1-2 teaspoons of sesame oil. Add all the remaining chopped garlic and a handful of frozen green peas. Stir fry for a minute then add the white rice and stir fry for another few minutes. Add all the ingredients that you put aside in the container and start putting in soy sauce as you continue to stir fry.
Taste it as you go along and you may want to add more soy sauce or sesame oil. Enjoy!
I spent two years in Japan and loved the way they served and presented fried rice to you in a restaurant. Here is this presentation trick I learned while in Japan.
Get a nice shaped Chinese or Japanese soup bowl and pack down your fried rice in a bowl. Place a flat serving dish on top of the bowl and now place your hand on top of the flat dish while turning the dish upside down. Put into the microwave for a few minutes with the bowl still on the rice.
When you take the fried rice out of the microwave remove the bowl and you have a nice shaped mound of fried rice ready to be served.Turn Your Left Over Rice Into Tasty Chinese Fried Rice
Chef Vinny DiLeo is very passionate about pizza and Italian cooking. He has also learned to cook many different dishes from around the world. You can find some of his award winning recipes at his website at: http://www.perfecthomemadepizza.com/pages/recipe_resource.html