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fry me a river how to make fab fried rice
by Yee-Fan Sun |
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basic fried rice (cont.)

1 Prep your ingredients. If you’re using chicken breast, marinate your chicken now for about 20 minutes (after it's marinated, stir-fry the meat over high heat, then set aside while you start in on frying your rice). As you wait for your chicken to marinate or if you’re not using chicken, you can attend to the following: Peel and mince up your garlic; trim off the root ends of the scallions, chopping up the remainder. Dice whatever veggies you’re using into small bite-sized bits (for carrots and peppers, I go with a ¼” or smaller cube). If you’re using frozen peas, pull them out of the freezer to thaw.

2 Pop your wok onto a burner and set the heat to high. When you see the very first tiny wisps of smoke rise up off the wok, pour in a tablespoon or so of cooking oil, and let it heat up for 15 seconds. Add the garlic and scallions and stir-fry for 30 seconds, until nice and fragrant.

3 Add any raw veggies and stir-fry until crisp-tender. At this point, if you’re using ground meat, add the meat and stir-fry until the meat is just cooked through.

4 Toss in the rice and stir-fry everything for another couple of minutes, until the ingredients are mixed well and the rice warmed through; break up any clumps in the rice while you’re stirring.

5 At this point, if you’re using eggs, push everything that’s in the wok up towards the edges to form a nice well in the middle. Pour a bit of oil into the well. Add in your beaten eggs, and cook the eggs. As the bottom of the egg starts to set, scramble things up. When the eggs are just about cooked through, start integrating the surrounding rice and ingredients with the egg. Stir-fry for a few minutes until the egg is completely dry and combined well with the rest of the ingredients. At this point, if you have cooked chicken, frozen peas or cooked veggies, add them in and stir-fry for another couple of minutes until everything’s heated through.

6 Season the whole shebang with plenty of salt and pepper, along with a generous drizzle of sesame oil. Stir well. Turn off the heat and taste. If the flavor seems lacking, keep on adding those seasonings until the result suits your tastebuds (trust me, it’ll get there eventually). Enjoy!

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