When you think about fried rice, really think about it, what is it really but a way to use up leftovers? When you mix rice with plenty of oil, fry it up, meld it together with eggs, it almost has to be delicious. So why limit yourself to soy sauce when there are so many other flavors to explore?
About 4 cups of rice, preferably at least a day old
Chopped up leftovers, about the same amount as rice. In the picture I have a rotisserie chicken breast, leftover green beans, cooked bean sprouts, shredded cabbage and broccoli. Almost anything works well in this recipe.
1/4 cup hot sauce (you can use less and just add more tomato puree, but really it's not that hot)
1/4 cup tomato puree (or diced tomatoes pureed in your blender)
2 T oyster sauce
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (mine is in ice cube form at the left of the chopping board)
4 eggs scrambled with salt and pepper
sesame oil (or butter)
Step 2: Cook the Eggs First
Step 4: Fry the Rice
So easy, in less than 15 minutes, you have used up all your leftovers and made a meal that all your friends will rave about! The big tricks are to use day old rice, lots of fat, and high heat.
This is also excellent with Mexican spices and seasonings, black bean sauce, or tomato sauce and raisins.