May 9, 2005

Making Fried Rice

POST #    1696

Fried rice has to be one of the easiest Chinese dishes to make. It's got to be if I can do it with decent results. The ingredients I used were a cured ham, eggs, scallions, peas, and rice. I've made it with chicken before, but that never turns out quite that well because I always seem to cut the chicken too thick.

The secret is not to use fresh rice as that's usually too moist. I cooked the rice in the morning and made the fried rice in the late afternoon. Decent results, but I didn't get the rice crisp enough. Maybe I'll make it again in a couple of weeks and see how that turns out.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink at 8:03 AM



I could take some of that right about now

Posted by: shannan at May 9, 2005 11:35 AM

Mmm...fried rice. Sometimes using day old rice works well for it. There was this Beverly Cleary book about 1920s Oregon, and there was a Chinese immigrant man who lived in town... at the town's potluck dinner, he brought fried rice and all the women in town ended up burning many batches of rice trying to emulate the golden, cripiness from the sides of the pot his rice had.

Posted by: Jen at May 9, 2005 3:22 PM

Perhaps it's just me, but, a few of those rice grains in the last shot certain do look enormous.

Tien, I should know better than to come to your blog on an empty stomach. I'm even more hungry now than I was a few minutes ago.

Posted by: Marie at May 9, 2005 4:53 PM

indeed, jen, day old rice usually works well. but then it's hard to break the rice apart and it goes flying all over the kitchen.

marie, i think it might be clumps of rice. clumps of long grain rice.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 9, 2005 5:51 PM

That egg: it looks so fluffy.

Posted by: J. at May 9, 2005 8:09 PM

how do you guys make your rice? dallas is SUPER picky about how his rice is made.. .like he'll only eat it if it's done in a rice cooker, which i don't have.

Posted by: rachelle at May 10, 2005 7:44 AM

yeah, my parents use one and so do i. the only thing i miss is the burnt rice that you get when doing it in a pot.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 10, 2005 7:56 AM

use hot dogs! Tacky but delicious

Posted by: reader at May 10, 2005 10:34 PM

try cooking the rice with less water so it's cooked but a little harder. overnight rice is best. also, try a hotter wok.

Posted by: stef at May 12, 2005 1:04 PM

yeah stef, i was ballparking the water and rice measurements (no measuring cups.)

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 12, 2005 1:43 PM

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