Monday, September 13, 2010

Joe can cook! Episode 7: Simple Fried Rice

When i first arrived back in Australia, i thought i could begin a new life, a life with less carbohydrates. Just like the old days when i ration my rice eating habits for special occasions. 

Well it worked for awhile but some days, you just can't give a toss about that struggling diet of yours and all you want is to dig into some comfort food.

Comfort food like fried rice.

I may not have a wok with a huge flame for that flavour that people welcome as "wok hei" but honestly when you are desperate, a modest flame will have to suffice.

So just the other day i had that huge craving for rice, so it was fried rice night.

Always use overnight rice and not freshly cooked rice, you need the rice grains to be dry and not mushy. If you have a craving in the mornings, just cook some rice, when it is done, put it into a bowl and let it sit till room temperature and pop it into the fridge.

Back in college days, all i put in my fried rice is egg, garlic, soya sauce and oyster sauce. If you want, put anything you like in it, like SPAM, chicken meat, prawns, bacon or even frozen mixed vegetables, heck if you want to put minced meat, no one is going to stop you.

Step 1: Heat up the pan (on medium heat), coat it with oil and put the garlic in.
Step 2: Beat 2 eggs in a bowl, seasoned with soya sauce and pepper and put in the wok and cook it like scramble eggs.
Step 3: Put the rice in and give it a good toss now, mixing all the ingredients in.
Step 4: Season with oyster sauce and soya sauce. If you have kicap manis, the better.
Step 5: Add in your cooked protein, in my case i had some cooked drumsticks that i deboned.
Step 6: Taste and add more oyster sauce to suit your tastebuds.
Step 7: Once everything is cooked nicely, the grains are all nicely coloured, Voila, dig in!

Simple fried rice, easy to cook and damn scrumptious i must say!

So if you want to have some carbohydrates, go fry some rice.
If not, when you have that craving, what is the first carbohydrate dish that comes to mind?


Michelle Chin said...

Korean rice. Ddeok with jajang sauce!


When I make fried rice, I sometimes add curry powder to it. :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

michelle: ohh interesting!

Sean said...

Eh, looks quite well-executed lah. This could have come out of the ming room, li yen or some other chinese restaurant, from appearance alone! (I'll give u the benefit of the doubt with regards to taste, heheh)

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eiling lim said...

it would be perfect if you added some coriander on top!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

eiling: yeah hor, for decor and smell.

sean: haha all it took was putting in a bowl b4 going onto the plate..not hotel grade yet la..