Fried Rice Recipe

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There are a few varieties of Fried Rice across Asia; Thai fried rice starts goes in a much different direction than most. In Thailand, Fried Rice is a good lunch dish, served with cucumber and a wedge of lime. Often, the Thais like their fried rice with fried egg. If you like fried rice with fried egg asked for 'kao pad kai dow'. The most popular fried rice is crab fried rice. But for me, fried rice is a good way to clean the refrigerator since most any vegetables and meats you have in your fridge will do. For meats, I use everything - bacon, canned crab, ham, tofu hot dogs - your name it. Any vegetables will do too. Have fun!

Thai fried rice gets much of its unique flavor from the mix of fish sauce, soy sauce, chili peppers and lime. The cilantro and a dusting of pre-ground white pepper gives the flavors a clean, rounded finish.

2 Servings, Prep Time: 15 Minutes, Total Time: 30 Minutes

Tips and Techniques

Great fried rice requires a number of techniques:

  • A wok - a wok is the best tool for fried rice. If you don't, it can be tricky but still manageable. However, if you are cooking for one, it's not a big deal. It's harder to move volume in a pan.
  • High heat - you want your pan/wok as hot as possible. That's why it frequently tastes so much better at a restaurant.
  • It seems like there are a lot of stirring and flipping. Only stir as much as necessary and be gentle with the rice. Too many stirs may break the rice and turn it into mushy fried rice.
  • Dry rice - Cook your rice with 10-15% less water.
  • Use ground white pepper.
  • Lime

You'll be surprised how much flavor the white ground pepper and lime can bring to fried rice.

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Chili Fish Sauce

Nam Pla Prig

Tips and Techniques

For a vegetarian chili fish sauce, substitute light soy sauce for fish sauce.

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