Background and History:
Special Fried Rice, known for its delectable combination of flavors and textures, is a popular dish in Chinese cuisine. With roots in traditional Chinese cooking, this dish was originally a humble way to use up leftovers. Today, it has become a beloved classic, known for its versatility and the ability to turn simple ingredients into a delicious, satisfying meal.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
- 2 cups cooked and cold white rice
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup diced cooked chicken, shrimp, or tofu
- 1/2 cup diced carrots
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 1/2 cup diced bell peppers (any color)
- 1/4 cup diced onions
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 green onions, chopped (for garnish)
- Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat.
- Add the beaten eggs and scramble them. Remove the scrambled eggs from the pan and set them aside.
- In the same pan, add the remaining tablespoon of vegetable oil. Add the minced garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds.
- Add the diced chicken, shrimp, or tofu, and cook until they are heated through.
- Stir in the diced carrots, frozen peas, diced bell peppers, and onions. Cook for about 3-4 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.
- Add the cold rice to the pan and break up any clumps.
- Pour in the soy sauce, oyster sauce (if using), and sesame oil. Stir well to evenly coat the rice and ingredients.
- Return the scrambled eggs to the pan and mix them with the rice and vegetables.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Garnish the Special Fried Rice with chopped green onions.
- Serve hot and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts: (Per serving)
- Calories: 350
- Protein: 14g
- Carbohydrates: 48g
- Fat: 11g
- Fiber: 3g
- Sugars: 3g
- Special Fried Rice is incredibly versatile; feel free to add or substitute ingredients according to your preferences.
- It’s an excellent way to use up leftover meats and vegetables.
- For a vegetarian version, omit the meat or seafood and increase the quantity of tofu or add more vegetables.
Please be cautious of any allergies to specific ingredients, especially when it comes to using different types of protein (chicken, shrimp, tofu). Always check for individual dietary restrictions and allergies before serving.