04 mai 2010

Papa's fried rice

I seem to think about food almost all the time. What a surprise, right? But now, I don't just mean thinking of cooking and eating, but also about the evolutionary history of food. For example: How have certain dishes changed in their status over the years? Take bacon, so simple it all its fatty goodness that I imagine beside eggs on an American breakfast platter. Today, there's Bacon Mania! Yes, so much bacon a pig could get sick of its delicius self. There's deep fried bacon, bacon wrapped chicken, bacon wrapped turkey stuffed with a chicken... yeah, I'm not kidding. These crazies aside, some amateur foodies are incorporating bacon into just about any dish they can imagine, from traditional dishes like pasta and salads to audacious attempts like cupcakes and chocolate.

Dishes like bouillabaisse, a traditional Provencal fish stew, were poor man's food, conjured up by fishermen who threw local Mediterranean fish too bony to sell into a huge pot. Today, any Marseillais will tell to prepare your wallet for the shock, at 70 to 150 Euros for 2 persons.

In a way, the ordinary fried rice has a similary story. It used to be leftover r
ice stir fried with whatever ingredients you had on hand to avoid throwing food out!

This recipe for fried rice is my dad's. It's the first dish I have ever learnt to cook when I was, 13 I think? Time flies. There are sure to be lots of different variations out there, but this one is my dad's which I have adapted for French living. Enjoy!


450 g Thai rice (weight in uncooked rice), cooked the day before

8 dried mushrooms, soaked and sliced

150 g frozen green peas

3 carrots, diced

100g corn kernels

250g ham, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

sunflower oil

oyster sauce
light soya sauce


Lap cheong (Chinese sausage), Dried shrimp, Mixed vegetables (instead of peas, carrots, corn separately), Char siew (the ham is an angmoh substitute)

Preparation tips:
The rice should be cooked the day before and left to dry out at room temperature or in the fridge. The dryness makes the rice less clumpy and thus frying easier. The mushrooms have to be soaked in hot water at least 30 minutes before cooking.


1/ Heat oil in a wok and stir fry the diced ham for 2 minutes. Remove and save in a bowl.

2/ Heat oil. Squeeze the water out of the mushrooms and stir fry for 2 minutes. Add 2 tbsp oyster sauce and stir fry for another 5 minutes. Remove and save in bowl.

3/ Heat oil and fry 1 clove of garlic. Stir fry diced carrots for 5 minutes. Add the frozen peas and 2 tbsp oyster sauce then stir fry another 5 minutes. Add the corn kernels. Remove and save in bowl.

4/ Heat oil and fry 1 clove of garlic. Add rice a third at a time, mixing well to separate the grains. If necessary, trickle some more oil over the rice.

5/ Trickle 1 tbsp soy sauce onto the rice and mix well.

6/ Add the ham, mushrooms, carrots, peas and corn to the rice and mix well. Add more soy sauce to taste. Stir fry the rice for 5 minutes, taking care not to burn it entirely, but if a crust of burnt rice forms at the bottom of the wok, it's quite normal.

Aucun commentaire:

Enregistrer un commentaire