Fried Rice with Pork, Beef, Chicken or Shrimp

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  • 1 cup cooked pork, diced (chicken or shrimp, diced)
  • 3 cups cooked rice (cold or cooled)
  • 3 cups vegetables (approximately; you can add your favorites)
  • 1/4 cup celery, fine diced (include the leaves)
  • 1 cup fresh mushrooms (white or button, thin sliced)
  • 1/4 cup carrots, shredded (or grated)
  • 4 scallions, diced (white and green parts)
  • 1 cup fresh bean sprouts (canned are a good substitute)
  • 1/4 cup water chestnuts, cut in matchsticks
  • 1 tablespoon oil (peanut oil)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (more or less to taste)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons oyster sauce (fish sauce can be substituted, but I prefer oyster sauce; more or less to taste – it is trong, so go easy)
  • 3 large eggs (beaten)

How to Make

  • Step 1: This is a quick dish, so make sure you have everything cut up ahead of time.
  • Step 2: Rice … I use my wok to prepare this, but if you don’t have one, you need to use a large deep non-stick saute pan. Add a tablespoon of the peanut oil to the pan on HIGH heat. Peanut oil really does make a difference DO NOT use olive oil. Vegetable oil would be my next choice. Add the rice and celery and stir until well coated – cook until you can actually hear the rice ‘crackling’ a bit. This means the rice is getting a crisp coating which is what you want … it is FRIED rice by the way. Continue to stir as it cooks. About 3-4 minutes.
  • Step 3: Vegetables and Pork … Once the rice has cooked, add the rest of your vegetables and a little of the sesame oil – not all of it. If it seems dry, you can add a bit more peanut oil, but NOT much. Continue to cook on high heat and stir often. Cook 2-3 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Add your protein (pork, chicken or shrimp) and stir well.
  • Step 4: Eggs … Push the rice mixture to the side of the pan, off the main heat. Add the beaten eggs to the bottom of the pan and cook – just like scrambled eggs, breaking it up as they cook. Once they are cooked through, add the rice mixture back to the eggs.

How to Make

  • Step 5: Sauce … Add the oyster or fish sauce, the remaining sesame oil, and the soy sauce. I don’t like mine with too much soy; but that is up to you. I prefer it a bit lighter on the soy flavor, so start out with a little and then add more as needed. Mix well to combine all the flavors and cook just a minute or two and your done.
  • Step 6: Serve … ENJOY! I love to serve it with fresh fruit.

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