My Fried Rice Isn’t What You Get In A Chinese Restaurant

This is the fried rice I made for our supper tonight. We had to be someplace at 5:45 so it was a quick supper, so leftover bbqed pork chops and fried rice. Fried rice reheats in the microwave extremely well and I usually make lots. Since it was a quick supper I made the fried rice in the afternoon. Got everything cleaned up so that we could just put things in the dishwasher and go.

Fried rice is a very easy dish to make and I played with it for years. I really like having it in a restaurant, but my wife will not even try it in a restaurant anymore. Basic recipes for fried rice are simple recipes and I started making it from a cookbook. Thing was it just seemed to lack something and wasn’t any better than what I got in restaurants. So it was my thinking about things my family liked and things they like from other rice dishes. I have posted this recipe before, but it’s worth another post.

Whenever I make rice I normally make extra so that I can make fried rice a day or two later. It just turns out better if the rice is a day or two old. There have been a few times I have made it the same day so those times I use less water when cooking the rice. It works if you’re using the oven cooking method for the rice. The vegetables about the only change I made is if I have red pepper in the fridge it gets used. No red pepper so my wife was happy.

4 cups of leftover rice

3 strips of bacon, you can use turkey bacon or beef bacon.

1/2 small onion diced

1 rib celery thinly chopped

3 cloves garlic minced

3 green onions chopped

1/3 cup frozen peas

1/2 teaspoon pepper

3 teaspoons soy sauce

2 beaten eggs

Cooking spray

Spray a frying pan and preheat on medium heat. Add the eggs and cook for about 2 minutes. When the egg has set flip it over and cook for 30 seconds. Remove and cut into ribbons and set aside. Add the bacon to the pan and cook for about 4 minutes until the bacon is just about crisp. Add the onions, celery, garlic, and pepper to the pan, cook for about 4 minutes until the onions just start to brown. Add the rice and break it apart and mix well. Flatten the rice in the pan and leave it alone for 3 minutes. Turn it over and leave alone for 2 minutes. Turn it again and put the green onions and peas on top. After 2 minutes mix the onions and peas in well, sprinkle the soy sauce around and mix for about 30 seconds. Add the egg ribbons and mix for about 30 seconds and serve.

About Graham Stewart

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2 Responses to My Fried Rice Isn’t What You Get In A Chinese Restaurant

  1. Do you ever use five spice powder for your fried rice?

    • No, not normally but I was out of garlic a few times and used garlic powder and it worked ok. Even used a little Worcestershire sauce and oyster sauce when I didn’t have soy sauce and that worked too.

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