Not Quite Right Fried Rice


With the exception of a few cooking magazines, most recipe sites present gorgeous pictures that trigger some mild drooling. Then there’s a recipe somewhere near the bottom. So often you never know if a recipe is good until you try it. In this case I’m divulging that this dish is missing something. Fried rice that rivals my favorite take-out spot has been difficult to master.

I have tried a few different recipes and I suspect I am missing a sauce or adding enough oil. So, I figured I would share this latest attempt, which looks good, but fell a bit flat when it came to delivering a powerful punch in the taste buds.

5-Step Fried Rice Process:

  1. Make rice. 
  2. Heat cast iron skillet to super hot. Add vegetable oil. Cook two beaten eggs and remove to a bowl. 
  3. Add a bit more oil. Sauté bag of stir fry veggies. Add to eggs in bowl.
  4. Add titch more oil, diced garlic and red pepper flakes. Add rice. Add 2-3 tablespoons soy sauce. Stir. 
  5. Add veggies and egg. Incorporate. Serve. 

That’s my process. I suspect I’m using the wrong type of oil and/or not enough of it. Anyone use a different combination of sauces other than soy sauce? I figure great fried rice must use more than just soy.

The result isn’t bad, it just lacks the addictive flavor that take-out has. Adding pot stickers from Trader Joe’s added some flavorful pop to the meal, but now I need to figure out how to make my rice as flavorful as those frozen dumplings. 

Big spoon pork stir-fry recipe and tips


There are few things I eat with the big spoon. Tonight’s dish is one of those supreme dishes.

I’ve been craving good Chinese food for years. There’s a huge leap between passable Chinese food and that really good spot you’ve been going to for years. I have yet to find that spot, so I have one option: do it myself.

Last week I made a batch of shrimp and bacon egg rolls that were promptly documented and inhaled. Inspired by that recipe, I revisited stir fry at home. The trick is to have ingredients already made so it’s simply a matter of combining the ingredients. I managed to cut and fry all this up in less than 20 minutes.

What I had:
Cooked pork roast
Cooked Basmati rice
Bean sprouts
Cabbage cole slaw mix

Most of these ingredients were leftovers from the egg rolls. Here’s the secret to great stir fry: peanut butter.

Thank me now and thank me afterwards UNLESS you are allergic to peanuts.

Start with heating a pan and adding vegetable oil. Add a tablespoon of peanut butter. Once those have melted together start adding in chopped veggies and meat. If you are vegetarian, a policy I don’t support, this dish can still work for you. Sauté the veggies in the peanut sauce, chopping and adding more. Don’t let the peanut butter/veggie mix get too dark, that means the heat is too high and you’ve burnt your potential masterpiece. Since the meat was already cooked, my sequence was veggies, meat, garlic, Chinese five spice, rice, soy sauce.

Experiment with this and share your veggie combos.