Introduction: How to Make Com Chien (Fried Rice)

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Com Chien or Fried Rice has it's roots in Asia and is fairly popular. This is a very versatile dish that is simple and easy to make. This makes it a good snack when you don't want to eat fast food but not a full lunch or dinner.

What makes this dish versatile is how you can add almost any ingredient!

This will guide you on how to cook a basic Vietnamese version of this extremely flexible dish. Remember that you don't need to follow the exact ingredients so if you feel like it you can throw your own spin on the dish.

Step 1: Gather and Prep Your Ingredients

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The following measurements serves 3-4 people.

Cooking items

  • Wok
  • Wooden spoon
  • Cooking Chopsticks (optional)

Main Ingredients

  • 3 cups of rice
  • 1/2 cup of cut meat
  • 2 eggs

Vegetables

  • 1/4 cup of diced carrots
  • 2 tablespoons of diced onions
  • 1 tablespoon of diced green onion

Seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon of garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of soy sauce
  • Pinch of pepper

Step 2: Heating Up and Frying Garlic

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  1. Turn on stove to Medium heat
  2. Wait for Wok to heat up
  3. Add oil and garlic
  4. Stir garlic around and prevent burning the garlic
  5. After 20-30 seconds of frying continue to the next step

Step 3: Add Vegetables

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Add your vegetables into the Wok

It is recommended that you add vegetables that cook longer first. Don't forget to stir it around to mix it up!

Cook for another 30 seconds or when all vegetables are almost fully cooked.

Step 4: Add Your Meat(s)

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Add your meat(s) to the Wok and stir. As with the last step it is recommended that you add meat(s) that take longer to cook first.

DON'T add the eggs yet! That's the next step!

When the meat(s) are almost done push everything around the edge to make a ring.

Step 5: Cook Eggs

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Remember making a ring with nothing in the center? That is where you cook the eggs.

When the egg whites are almost done break the yolk and stir it with the whites. Make sure that you don't mix the ring of meat and vegetables as you aren't making an omelet.

When the yolk has completed cooking break it up into pieces with chopsticks or spoon.

Step 6: Add Rice

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Add your rice into the Wok. Mix in everything with the rice similar to mixing up a salad. This is where the chopsticks come in handy!

Step 7: Add Seasoning

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Add your salt, pepper and soy sauce. Mix it in thoroughly.

This is the point where you take a taste! If it doesn't seem sweet enough add a pinch of sugar. If you accidentally added too much add a pinch of salt.

Step 8: Serve or Store

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For a casual presentation

  1. Take a plate
  2. Pile on serving size
  3. Garnish with fresh onion and Serve

For a more fancy presentation

  1. Take a bowl
  2. Fill it up to your serving size
  3. Place a plate over it usually in the center
  4. Flip both the bowl and plate
  5. Remove Bowl
  6. Garnish with fresh onion and Serve

To Store

  1. Leave out to cool
  2. Place into an air tight container
  3. Place into refrigerator

Note: You shouldn't freeze this dish because the rice will freeze and break.

To reheat

  1. Take portion into a bowl
  2. Microwave for 30 seconds
  3. If it is not hot then microwave at 15 second increments until hot

Step 9: Enjoy!

Comments

cartwrig (author)2016-01-07

I'm hungry now! And, that looked delish!

Well laid out instructable too!

Thanks,
- Rob

BeachsideHank (author)2016-01-05

I'll cook up a big batch of brown rice in my rice cooker, along with some dried Shiitake mushrooms (they rehydrate during the process)- the earthy aroma has to be experienced to be believed. This is my go- to base for many dishes, typically using up the remaining veggies just before food shopping day. I cheat on the egg though, I microwave and scramble it, then adding it to the rice meal just before serving. ☺ I do freeze my rice in separate put- ups, perhaps being the hardier brown type it survives the freeze better, with no noticeable degrade.

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-01-05

This looks delicious. I am going to have to try this soon.

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