I grew up eating rice every single possible meal. Don't get me wrong, I never get tired of it. It's like chips, wedges, mashed, boiled potatoes in the West. It's a staple on everyone's table.
Some wonder how we still don't seem to be on the heavy side after all those rice. Beats me, I have no answer.
Back home it's normally Garlic Fried Rice but I've decided to try Asian Fried Rice this time. I fell in love with it when I first tasted an authentic one in Hong Kong. Although it's a meal by itself, the taste is so adaptable that even if you eat it with another dish, it complements it instead of competes with it.
This took me 15 minutes, and yes, I'm on the mark :)
3-4 cups of left over rice
3/4 cups chicken stock
1 ham steak (cut into cubes)
1/2 cup frozen peas (mixed veggies if you prefer)
3 eggs, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons canola oil or peanut oil
1 1/2 tablespoons Kikkoman soya sauce
Heat a teaspoon oil in a pan and cook scrambled eggs. Add peas and ham and fry for about 2 minutes then set aside.
Heat remaining oil into the pan or wok and add rice. Separate rice which are clamped together. Add chicken stock and let rice soak in it for a few seconds before stir frying.
Return the egg, veggie mixture and soy sauce. Stir fry until sauces and seasonings coats every morsel.
Serve on its own or with bacon, sausage, smoked fish or whichever left over food you feel like eating. Bon Appetit!