Secrets to Tasty Chinese Fried Rice Recipes

chinese fried rice recipe

Chinese Fried Rice is also known as a Chinese rice cake. This delicacy originated in ancient China and has been enjoyed ever since. The basic ingredients of Chinese fried rice are white rice, water, corn starch, grated Chinese cabbage, onions, sesame seeds and a dash of hot pepper sauce or oil. Chinese food experts suggest that frying is the best way to cook rice, but non-frying varieties can also be made. Both kinds of recipes have their own distinct flavours.

First Step

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Bring water to a boil and add three cups of dry rice. Reduce the heat while adding another cup of water or soymilk. Let the mixture steep for ten minutes to allow it to become steam. In case of making fluffy rice use four cups of dry rice. Bring the mixture to a boil again and add the four cups of water or soymilk.

Second Step

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When finished, turn the heat on and cook for about ten minutes. Remove the pan and let the rice dry out for an additional ten minutes. Place the fried rice on a large plate and cover for at least an hour to allow the moisture to evaporate.

Third Step

Bring a large saucepan to a boil and add one tablespoon of light soy sauce, one tablespoon of white pepper, and two teaspoons of sesame oil. Reduce the heat while stirring thoroughly and add the cooked rice to the mixture. Allow it to coat thoroughly and return it to the heat. When finished, turn the heat off and wait for two minutes.

Fourth Step

Now it’s time to add the remaining components. To prepare the vegetables, cut up about one cup of chopped fresh Chinese cabbage into thin strips. Add this to the remaining cup of dry noodles and saute until translucent. Then add in the dried Chinese white pepper and ginger. Stir to combine.

Fifth Step

Next, bring a large well of water to a boil and add two tablespoons of light soy sauce, one tablespoon of white pepper, and two teaspoons of sesame oil. Allow this to steep for approximately five minutes. Once done, add the cabbage and mix in the rest of the ingredients. Bring it to a boil, and then turn the heat down to simmer. For a faster result, stir-fry the leftover rice in a large well of boiling water. If you wish to speed up the cooking process, you can cut up another four pieces of steamed white rice and set them aside.

Sixth Step

When the Chinese fried rice is done, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool slightly. Stir in the chopped and drained green onions and any other vegetables that you desire. Taste and season, to ensure there are no cooked onions or any green onions that are bitter. Serve with ice cubes if desired. An ideal serving is steamed white rice.

Seventh Step

As with other stir-fried dishes, this also can be enhanced with sauces such as hot oil or soy sauce. Alternatively, you could also make use of cornstarch or flour to thicken it up. The great thing about this Chinese dish is that it is both quick and easy to prepare and yet provides a wonderful taste and a substantial portion of nutrition. As such, it is not difficult to see why this dish has become such a popular alternative to Western-style fast food.

Eighth Step

This Chinese fried rice recipe works on a basic principle, which is simple enough to grasp. If you want to prepare this dish, you need to have prepared leftover rice (standard in most recipes), a bit of green onion, a couple of cloves of garlic, a few teaspoons of soy sauce, and a generous amount of sesame oil. Once these items are ready, all you have to do is to add them to a pan with just enough water to cover the ingredients except for the green onions. Bring this mixture to a gentle boil and then switch off the burners. Wait for the mixture to cool down for a few minutes before finishing off with a couple of stir fry herbs such as scallions or scurvy, and some sea salt to give it an aromatic flavour. Serve with steamed white rice.

Ninth Step

As with all Chinese recipes, this can be adjusted to feed more people with the addition of extra ingredients. For instance, if your family is huge and consuming a lot of leftover rice, you can easily double the recipe and feed more people. Similarly, if there are only a few people in your house who are fond of Chinese food and you are expecting a big party, you can reduce the amount of fried rice and increase the amount of stir-fried vegetables to make it more appealing to the taste buds. You can also adjust the proportion of the ingredients depending on whether you are having it with beef or chicken.

Final Takeaways

Follow this Chinese fried rice recipe to suit your needs and tastes and the dish with a side salad. This will further enhance the nutritional value of your meal as well as the taste. Another aspect of this recipe that you can change is to either marinate the noodles in some tasty marinade before serving or use some garnishing to dress up the noodles before preparing it. Whatever option you choose, this Chinese fried rice recipe has a very unique and tasty taste that is sure to become a hit in your house.

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