Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Feelin Good Fried Rice

While shopping at the non-halal section of Jusco supermarket, I spotted a pack of ham which was already cut into small cubes. The lady behind the counter told me these are the odds and ends of the ham block which may not be available all the time. She recommend that I use it for fried rice.

I couldn't agree more. 

The sight of the ham and mentioning of fried rice brings me back to the days when I was a kid. That time, Oka-san only knows how to fry one type of fried rice - the ingredients are frozen peas/carrots/corn, egg and luncheon meat. I usually will add ketchup to my fried rice, so it's considered tomato sauce fried rice :p

Feeling nostalgic, I decided to cook fried rice that weekend since I have all the ingredients in hand.

Feelin Good Fried Rice (serves 2)
2 servings of cooked rice (preferably overnight rice)
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 shallot, finely chopped
2 cups frozen vegetables (peas/carrots/corn)
200g sandwich ham, cubed
3 eggs, beaten
3tbsp cooking oil
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp thick soy sauce (to give colour to the fried rice, can be adjusted accordingly)
1 tsp salt
Pepper to taste
Spring onions, chopped
Fried shallots for garnishing

1. Heat up 1 tbsp cooking oil in wok.
2. Pour beaten eggs into wok. Lift up wok and make circular motion so that the egg can be formed into a big flat omelette.
3. Let the egg cook, and gently scrape it from the sides so that it will not break.
4. Fold the egg half, and half again. You now get a quarter side of the omelette.
5. Use the spatula or knive and cut the omelette into long strips or chop it into square pieces. It is up to you.
6. Leave egg aside.
7. Heat up 2 tbsp cooking oil in wok.
8. First put in and fry both the garlic and shallots till fragrant.
9. Add in sandwich ham and frozen peas, continue to fry for 1 minute.
10. Add in fried egg, salt and pepper so that the ingredients have some taste.
11. Put in rice into wok and continue frying. The rice may stick together so need to keep frying and breaking it apart. Mix it well with the ingredients in the wok.
12. Add both the light and dark soy sauce and fry till it is mixed well together with the fried rice.
13. Garnish with spring onion and fried shallots and it is ready to be serve!

I'm usually lousy with cooking fried rice, but this turns out surprisingly good. How do I know? My dear hubby enjoyed my fried rice for the first time! Most importantly it resembles my childhood memories of Oka-san's fried rice, only this time I don't need to add ketchup!

1 comment:

mangomoon said...

yummy, looks delicious :) i havent actually met the kid yet, ohmy