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Lissa’s recipe file: Chicken fried rice

Posted by Lissa on January 8, 2009

Well, technically I should say Mom’s recipe file, since it came from her.  Or maybe Mike’s, since he made it while I was still feeling wobbly.  But anyway, it worked pretty well, so this way if we lose it we can find it again 🙂

Ingredients and cooking times and spices are all approximate/eyeballed — feel free to experiment and find what works best for your palate! 


6 cups day-old rice
3 eggs, beaten
1 small bunch green onions (chop the white ends for cooking; chop the green part to add at the end)
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
3 tablespoons sesame oil (or you can half-and-half it with regular cooking oil, for health or expense reasons)
mix-ins as you choose (cooked chicken, cooked pork, canned or frozen peas, etc.;  all meat should be cooked and diced)

Heat the wok over medium to medium-high heat and drop in the beaten eggs.  Season as you wish with pepper and garlic (salt also, but soy sauce plus oyster sauce equals pretty salty, so careful!).  It doesn’t have to be cooked totally, but at least 3/4 of the way to omelette-dom.  Remove from wok; during next cooking period chop into small bits.  Turn wok to medium-high and pour in oil(s).  Once heated, add rice and (white parts of) green onion; fry for several minutes, stirring frequently, until rice is very hot.  Add chicken/pork/peas etc; once mix-ins are heated through, add egg back in.  If you’re out of oil at this point you can pour in a bit more sesame.  Add the soy sauce and cook for another two minutes; turn off heat.  Add oyster sauce and a bit more sesame oil, stir well.  Add garnish if you like (green bits of green onions, cilantro, etc.).  Serve immediately.


P.S.  I firmly believe all good rice is made in a rice pot.

P.P.S.  Mom customarily refrigerates her rice overnight before making fried rice; my grandma laughed and called her a “mun-tzai” (dummy).  “You think we had fridge in China?  Hanh!  Stupid girl!”

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