Easy Egg Fried Rice
When planning any Chinese meal either a quick snack or an emperor’s banquet you just have to have my easy egg fried rice. Period it just cannot happen with out it. Over one billion Chinese people haven’t got it wrong have they. Yes its true that China produces around 30% of the worlds rice output so they have a lot to go around.
Cheap Egg Fried Rice
Now everyone has their favourite Chinese takeaway with the perfect egg fried rice recipe. Have noticed though on the menu at the top of the rice dishes its always the most expensive dish. You have to go all the way to the bottom to find the egg fried rice, below that its plain boiled rice. Errghh that plain tasteless rice. I admit its good for soaking up those delicious Chinese sauces. Top of the menu is usually the special fried rice and don’t worry you can also make this at home.
The average price for takeaway egg fried rice is £2.50
Considering you can get basic long grain rice for around a £1 per kilo. Suddenly the average price of a takeaway egg fried rice doesn’t come that cheap at all. I hope to convince you that you to can make this tasty Chinese peasant dish in you own home.
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Cheats Egg Fried Rice
The traditional way of making egg fried rice involves some degree of skill. The hardest part is in cooking the dried rice in the first instant. Now I consider myself quiet a good cook (my friends do to, honest) but boiling rice is my nemesis in the kitchen. I no longer even try to cook rice from scratch, I have no desire to even try any more especially as I have a quicker more convenient method.
Boil in the bag rice ? No takes to long, I use microwave long grain rice the same as I do for my cheats keema rice . All it takes is two minutes in the microwave and its done. Well nearly done it just needs cooling and then tossing into a frying pan. As always its Cheap Dinner Ideas so the best long grain rice to get is the cheapest. Don’t get that rice from your Uncle as its way expensive. The cheapest I have found for microwave rice is Sainsburys home brand at 55p for 250g. Great to always have in the cupboards as a stand by. Stop the press, just found a bag in Aldi for 45p so will have to try that.
Easy Egg Fried Rice Ingredients
Now to stop you getting into the car to fetch your egg fried rice from your local Chinese takeaway we need to replicate the flavour. Thats if you actually leave your arm chair, this easy egg fried rice will be ready before your delivery gets to the front door. This cheats egg fried recipe only takes three ingredients so lets compare to the superstar chefs.
Soya Sauce, never ever buy one of those small bottles of soya sauce as they are far to expensive. Ideally if you live in a city find your local Chinese supermarket. Whenever I know I am passing close to one I always stock up on Chinese goodies. Shopping list, egg noodles, Soya Sauce, Sweet Hosin sauce, Oyster sauce, the only problem I have is finding storage for it all.
Ken Hom only really uses 4 ingredients so it looks pretty similar and simple too.
Easy Egg Fried RicePrint This
- 1 bag of microwave long grain rice
- 1 egg
- 3 tsp of Light Soya Sauce
- 1 tsp of cooking oil
Microwave the rice as to the instructions on the packet
Remove from the pouch and spread onto a plate to cool
Large frying pan (or wok) with the oil get hot
Add the cooled rice and cook for 1 minute
Add the soya sauce cook for 2 minutes
Break the egg in the pan with the rice
Now stir vigorously so the yolk breaks and all the rice gets coated with the egg
Cook the rice until all the egg is cooked
You can add as much or as little of the soya sauce Once you have mastered this then the possibilities are endless
Easy Special Fried Rice
So the easy egg fried rice is now mastered so the next step is the special fried rice. I have noticed that all the Chinese takeaways have slight variations in what they included or exclude. This is down to the regional cooking differences the owners of the takeaways come from. So as each special fried rice differs so can yours but better as it has all your favourites in there.
The easiest thing to add to your special fried rice is frozen peas and sweetcorn. The next would be frozen peppers in small bite size pieces ( always buy a big bag of fresh peppers, slice and freeze for a multitude of dishes) The special fried rice is a smorgasbord of delights. I am a certified carnivore so the meat content for me is a real treat. Add you own belly pork (cooked as a whole slab then cut into small portions in the freezer).
Once the pork has part defrosted cut off the tough skin then dice into bitesize pieces. This helps defrost it much quicker especially as we all have busy life’s. Another great freezer staple is cubed pieces of ham leftover from roasting a large Sunday gammon roast. (great for other dishes as well). Onions ! some days I do some days I don’t, if I do then I chop them quite fine, cooking them first so they get a lovely brown crispy edge to add texture to the dish.
Special Fried Rice Possibilities
The possibilities are endless to creating your very own Special fried rice. The best day for creating a special fried rice is midweek as we always have some leftovers from the Sunday roast in the fridge. Chicken, beef, broccili, whatever you may have left, just dice into small cubes and add a few splashes of marinade for 5 minutes.
If you get the balance right the rice should be firm and a little salty from the soya sauce. If the wok was hot enough you get some crispy burnt edges on the rice to add a little texture. As you bite into the marinaded meat you get a hit of Chinese flavoured sweetness. One of the great flavours is the occasional pop of clean sweet peas mixed with the salty rice. It just leaves you wanting another chopstick full.
Sweet Hosin Sauce
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Egg Fried Rice Cooking Equipment
Don’t you need a wok to cook Chinese food. No any good cook uses what they have to hand.! We always cook our easy egg fried rice in a small non stick frying pan. We also have non stick woks, one medium along with a large one. I gave up with the authentic carbon Chinese wok as the non stick I find more versatile. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a good wok so shop around and choose wisely.
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Egg fried rice can be served either as a quick snack, a side dish to your main meal. If you serve special fried rice it can be a meal in itself, versatility is the name of this dish.