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Monday, March 9, 2009

Finally trying Fried Rice


I have twice learned how to make fried rice in cooking classes, once in Thailand at Bai Pai and once here in Houston at Sur La Table. So why haven't I made it yet? Probably because I don't really like fried rice. Growing up, I hated any kind of rice. It was only once I discovered short grain rice and sushi rice that I learned to enjoy eating it. I would rather save the calories and fat by eating plain rice. Today is finally the day to try to make it at home. I sort of combined both recipes to taste.

I also had boneless pork chops defrosted. My favorite thing to make with these is "Pork Things", so dubbed by my as a kid. Pork Things are breaded thinly sliced pork chops served with ketchup for dipping. I decided to make an Asian sesame marinade for the pork and grill them. I slice the two pork chops into thin 'pork things' and marinated them for about 45 minutes. Then I grilled until cooked through, which doesn take long.

Fried Rice with Peas
(serves 2)

1 cup white rice
2 cups cold water
kosher salt
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 inch piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons soy sauce

Cook rice in a pot with a tight fitting lid, salt to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside for 10 minutes.

Heat a large non stick skillet (or wok, which I don't have). When it is hot, pour in the sesame oil. Add the ginger and garlicc and stir fry for one minute. Stir in the peas and cook for two minutes. Pour in the egg and stir fry until cooked, two minutes. Add the rice to the pan and stir fry together to break up any rice clumps. Add the soy sauce and stir. Serve.

Asian Sesame Pork Marinade

3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp hot pepper flakes
1 clove garlic, minced
1 inch piece of ginger, minced

Combine all ingredients and marinate pork for at least 30 minutes.
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3 comments:

Rob, Sarah, and Ryan said...

Love your new foodie blog! Can't wait to make some of your delicious recipes!

Kristina said...

Yummy

rachelshingleton said...

Mmm, I adore fried rice! I started eating it as a student in France, of all places, and came home with a renewed determination to learn how to make it. Simon likes it when I let it get really crispy on the bottom. Regardless, it's a good "everything & the kitchen sink" kind of recipe.

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