I enjoy eating Chinese food once in a while and finding an authentic Chinese Food Restaurant is not easy because of where I live. That’s when I rely on my Asian cookbooks to search for and cook a dish that is not too difficult to recreate. But there is always a challenge with that route. The challenge is ingredients. Because again I don’t have a large Asian population around me, many of the ingredients are not accessible. It is time to put on my thinking hat and create a recipe that will satisfy my cravings like this Delicious Fried Rice recipe.
Talking about craving sounds like I am “une petite gourmande.” Oh boy! Not at all! The worst time for having cravings is when I am trying to stick to my healthy eating habits. Those are hard time I tell you! Very hard time!
The best way not to cheat your stomach of a healthy meal is to know how to substitute ingredients. Remember how good Fried Rice taste? Remember how we crave the saltiness of the rice? Better yet, why do we always get hungry a couple of hours after eating Chinese food? I can never understand this.
So I had a craving for Fried Rice and did not want to go to the supermarket to buy all the required ingredients. I put my thinking hat on and made it work. It was good, and I don’t regret spending money. It is such a relief to have all the ingredients on hand when I don’t need to venture out when it is raining outside. I am glad I could update the Delicious Fried Rice recipe from Kylie Kwon, a well-known Australian-Chinese Chef who is one of my favorite chefs. Kylie Kwon “creates mouth-watering dishes out of inspired combinations of Western ingredients and Eastern techniques.” (Heart and Soul)
This Delicious Fried Rice from Kylie Kwon is appetizing. If you don’t have all the ingredients, it is very easy to accomplish a delicious dish as well. For instance, I substituted bacon rashers or Chinese sausage with turkey bacon and Shao Hsing wine with cherry cooking wine. I omitted the red chili because it had no purpose for me and substituted medium-grain white rice with basmati rice. It all worked because I had the other ingredients available. So don’t dismiss a recipe just because you don’t have all the ingredients available. There is always a way to substitute. Visit your pantry and your refrigerator before deciding to take a trip to the supermarket.
Enjoy my updated version of Delicious Fried Rice.
Delicious Fried Rice Recipe updated from Kylie Kwong – Heart and Soul.
- 1/3 cup peanut oil
- 4 large free-range eggs beaten
- 1 tablespoon peanut oil extra
- 1 ½ tablespoons finely chopped ginger
- 4 garlic cloves diced
- 1 medium-sized brown onion finely diced (white onion substitute)
- ½ cup roughly chopped turkey bacon (substitution for bacon rashers or Chinese sausage
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 2 tablespoons cherry cooking wine substitution for shao hsing wine
- 5 cups cooked basmati rice substitution for medium-grain white rice
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 cup finely slide spring onions scallions
- 3 teaspoons Maggie Seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 spring onions scallions, finely sliced on the diagonal
- ¼ cup light soy sauce
- ½ large red chili finely sliced on the diagonal (optional)
- Heat oil in a hot work until the surface seems to shimmer slightly. Pour beaten eggs into wok and cook for about 1 minute, lightly scrambling them and rotating the wok to ensure even cooking. When almost cooked through, carefully remove omelet from wok with a fish slice and drain on kitchen paper (paper towel). Set aside.
- Wipe out wok with kitchen paper (paper towel), add extra oil and stir-fry ginger and garlic for 1 minute, or until very aromatic. Add onion and stir-fry for 2 minutes, or until lightly browned and tender. Add bacon and stir-fry for a further minute, or until lightly browned. Stir in sugar and wine, then stir-fry for 30 seconds. Finally, add rice, reserved omelet, oyster sauce, spring onions, Maggi seasoning and sesame oil. Stir-fry for 3 minutes, or until rice is heated through. Roughly chop omelet into smaller pieces as you stir.
- Divide rice between individual bowls and garnish with extra spring onions. Combine soy sauce and chili in a small bowl and serve on the side.
- Serve as simple supper for 2 – 4, or as part of a banquet for 6.