Ah, fried rice.
Fried rice or Com Chien is the most beloved food by many Asian kids and favorite comfort food for many adults. My very first attempt at making fried rice many moons ago was a horrible fail. I just came out of my teens, and the kitchen was a foreign place. I had no cooking skills whatsoever. I thought the word "fried" in fried rice meant that it had to be crispy. I decided to deep-fried the rice in a large pool of oil. I even squished the rice down with a spatula so that it could get more fried and crispy. Fried and burnt rice was what I got. I ended up eating the rice...all by myself.
It wasn't until much later that I realized I had it all wrong. With a bit of practice, I can now say I make a mean wok of deliciously fluffy fried rice.
Fried rice is my go-to dish when I run out of ideas for dinner or when I want the little ones to eat without fuss. It's a simple dish, using left-over ingredients. For the rice, it's best to use day-old white rice. For the meat, I use whatever leftover meat I have on hand, such as roasted pork or chicken. You can also make seafood fried rice by adding shrimp. I sometimes opt for canned SPAM if nothing else is available. Combine these ingredients with frozen vegetables, eggs and a bit of seasoning and you got yourself a quick and hearty meal.
Asian Style Fried Recipe with Chinese Sausage (Com Chien)
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2-3 Chinese sausages (slice thin)
- 1 cup frozen vegetables (corn, peas, carrots, etc.)
- 2 eggs
- 6 cups cooked white rice (leftover day-old rice cooled in the fridge is best)
- 1 tablespoon seasoning powder (pork, chicken or mushroom)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- In a large wok, heat up the vegetable oil on medium heat.
- Add the garlic and stir until fragrant and lightly brown.
- Add the Chinese sausage. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Add frozen vegetable. Stir and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
- Break the eggs directly into the wok. Stir to break up the eggs until fully cooked.
- Add white rice (break up any large clumps of rice with a wooden spoon).
- Add the seasoning powder, salt and pepper.
- Toss everything together until combined. If necessary, adjust the seasoning to your liking.