For my family, fried rice had always been something that we made to use up food from the previous night: leftover rice, leftover meat, leftover vegetables. There wasn’t one recipe that we followed, but these were generally the ingredients used: mushrooms (those dried Chinese mushrooms), carrots, peas, wood ear, eggs, onions, and soy sauce. Sometimes my mom would make ketchup fried rice, so she would put in less soy sauce and some ketchup.
The two types of rice we have at home right now are brown and wild rice. We like our brown rice, so a lot of times I would mix brown with white or 5-grain rice (五穀米). This time I mixed brown rice with wild rice. Cooking this was a bit different than cooking normal white rice, but with our steamer at home, it was very easy to adjust the water level. If the rice wasn’t cooked, add in more water for more steaming.
I started using more coconut oil for cooking. This particular coconut oil is so flavourful and gives your dishes a good kick of coconut! Benefits of coconut oil: Health Benefits of Coconut Oil.
This fried rice recipe will make enough for approximately 6-8 servings. Great for leftover lunches!
2 tablespoon of coconut oil
4 cups of cooked rice, refrigerated overnight
1/2 cup of shredded chicken (left over roasted chicken) – can be taken out to make this vegetarian
2 large carrots, diced
1/2 cup of edamame (shelled)
4-5 dried mushrooms, soaked and diced
1 onion chopped
2 eggs, beaten
soy sauce (to taste)
1 tsp of mushroom seasoning – a Taiwanese product, basically like “mushroom salt” to add flavour to your dishes, instead of MSG
Heat coconut oil in your frying pan or wok over high heat. Add onion, mushrooms and carrots. Cook for a couple of minutes. I like my carrots in my fried rice or stir fry to be a bit harder, not too soft. Then add the edamame and shredded chicken. Push the fried vegetables and mushrooms to one side of the pan, stir in the beaten eggs. Scramble the eggs. Once the eggs are cooked, stir everything together. Finally stir in the rice. The rice just needs to be heated up. At this point, I also add the seasoning. The seasoning can be adjusted to your liking. Fry the rice for a few minutes. Make sure you are stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Remove from heat and it’s ready to serve.