Fried rice is not something we make in our house on purpose. We make it because we have a lot of leftovers. Our recipe #8 in our Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration series is a combination of whatever we have left in the refrigerator, including old cooked rice which is the best rice to use. You never make fried rice from fresh steamed or boiled rice. At least not in our household. The older and dryer the rice, the better. The rest of the ingredients will depend on what leftovers you have.
- approximately 2 cups of leftover steamed rice, cold
- leftover kielbasa, cut into minced pieces
- leftover waterchestnuts, minced
- 2 small bell peppers, minced
- 3 cloves garlic, mashed or minced
- 1 tbs minced ginger
- 1 tsp minced coriander
- a few basil leaves, minced
- 1 thai chili, minced
- 1 tbs oil
- soy sauce, optional
- salt to taste
- Heat oil in wok. Add garlic, ginger, kielbasa, bell peppers, water chestnuts and thai chili. Stir fry for two minutes.
- Add rice. Stir until mixed.
- Add coriander and basil leaves.
- Continue cooking until rice feels less sticky. At this point you can add soy sauce (which will make it brown in color) or salt to taste.