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Chinese Fried Rice Recipe

Chinese Fried Rice

Rating 4-5 out of 5 - Most cooks definitely will make this recipe again

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Chinese Fried Rice is that wonderful colourful assortment of rice and vegetables. It is just as tasty the following day as a cold rice salad as it is served hot with either Chicken With Sesame Seeds or Beef in Oyster Sauce.

There are three golden rules for successfully cooking fried rice...

  1. Never add any soy sauce to the rice. It spoils both the colour and he taste
  2. Cook the rice beforehand and allow it to go completely cold. Any excess moisture then evaporates and the oil coats the dry grains to prevent them from sticking.
  3. Make sure that the oil is hot enough so that it does not soak into the rice, making it greasy and heavy

      Preparation Time: 30 Minutes + waiting

      Cooking Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients for Chinese Fried Rice

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to serve 4:
7 oz
long grain rice
2 rashers (slices)
smoked bacon
4 oz
frozen peas
2 teaspoons
groundnut oil **
1 teaspoon
1 x 4oz can
bean sprouts


How to Cook Chinese Fried Rice

  1. Cook the rice in accordance with the instructions on the packet (usually boiled in salted water for about 15-20 minutes). Boil a kettle of water then, when the rice is cooked, drain it in a sieve (strainer) or colander and pour the boiling water over. This removes any excess starch from the rice and stops it sticking. Allow the rice to cool completely.
  2. Finely dice the bacon. Blanch the frozen peas in a pan of boiling water for just two minutes then allow them to drain in a sieve (strainer) or colander. Beat the eggs in a small bowl. Drain the liquid from the bean sprouts.
  3. Heat a large frying pan, add the groundnut oil and wait until it is almost smoking. Add the cooked rice and stir-fry for one minute, then add the bacon, peas and salt. Continue to stir-fry for about five minutes over a high heat. Add the beaten eggs and bean sprouts and continue to stir-fry for a further two minutes or until the eggs have set. Turn the mixture into a warmed dish.
  4. ** Groundnut oil enhances the flavour of any stir-fried food. You can, however, substitute corn oil if necessary.

If you like a slightly oily fried rice, add a tablespoon of sesame oil to the rice after cooking, and stir well
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Reviews of Chinese Fried Rice

Rating 5 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again July 12 2014
This Chinese fried rice has the flavor those other recipes are missing. Best I've ever tasted. My husband loves it. He always goes back for more! Also, for good flavor, add a little sesame oil. I have also tried it using either pork or chicken which has been finely chopped. We could eat this dish every day!!! (Please do not use just-cooked rice as you'll end up with a sticky mess. I speak from experience!)
(2 reviews)
Rating 4 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again March 18 2014
This dish is great as a side for your favourite Asian meal or even for lunch. It tastes just like our local Chinese restaurant. The secret we have found is adding a spoonful of sesame oil.We've also done it using cooked chicken, beef, pork and shrimp. They all work great with this recipe. Also i suggest you slightly undercook your rice so it is more firm. The amount of egg does not matter, if you like lots of egg then use as many eggs as desired --- you will love this rice!
(8 reviews)

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