Saturday, April 24, 2004

Fried Rice for Breakfast?

I'm sure that billions have been served with this tasty dish at breakfast. I know I ate enough of the stuff as my morning meal when I was growing up. I whipped this up myself this morning.

fried rice
1 1/2 c. jasmine rice, washed and drained
1 3/4 c. water

1/2 lb. small, peeled deveined shrimp (frozen from a bag and pre-cooked)
3 cured Chinese sausage sliced thin*
1/2 c. frozen peas
1/2 c. chopped green onions
1 large egg (or 2 if you like egg)

Sesame oil
Fish sauce
Soy sauce
White pepper
MSG (if you want)

Cook the rice. If you don't have a rice cooker, cook the rice in a thick bottomed pot. Bring the rice and water to boil. Cover and reduce heat to simmer. Leave on the stove for about 15 min. Remove from heat.

In a large frying pan or wok, fry the sausage over medium high heat until you have a good deal of fat in the pan (about 2-3 tbsps). Add the rice and cook over medium heat for a few minutes stirring all the while with a wooden spoon. Add the Shrimp and frozen peas and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes. Break the egg into the hot rice mixture and distribute evenly or not so evenly if you like the bits of egg in it (like in the chinese restaurant.

Season the mixture with a few light dashes of sesame oil. 1 tbsp. fish sauce. 1 1/2 tbsp. of soy sauce. Salt and pepper. Make sure that the seasoning is evenly distributed throughout the rice by stirring. You can always add more of the seasonings if you want. Remove from the heat and garnish with chopped green onion. This is pretty much a meal in itself.

* You can purchase these from an Asian food market.


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