June 05, 2016
Side Dishes, Eggs, Rice,
Brown Rice, Vegetables, Asparagus, Chinese, North American, Budget-Friendly, Easy/Beginner Cooking, One-Bowl Does it!, Quick Meals, Entertaining, Summer, Weeknight Meals, Stove Top, Wok/Stir-Fry, Low Fat, Non-Dairy, Vegetarian, Spring more
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"A quick and easy fried rice; using fresh spring vegetables - asparagus, peas, and scallions. However, I have also added green cabbage and bok choy at times; which are also really good. But, I usually stick to the 3 basic vegetables. It doesn't take much time; so, make sure you prep all the ingredients ahead of time."
Rice ... Cook the rice ahead of time; it's actually better made a couple of days before. Then, before you make your dish; spread the rice out on a cookie sheet or plate to dry. This isn't necessary; but, I think the rice comes out better in the end. And, make sure it is room temperature.
Saute ... Add the rice to a large wok or deep saute pan, with a little oil, just until lightly toasted. A little golden brown on the rice is a good thing. It should take a couple of minutes on medium high to high heat.
Vegetables ... Push the rice off to the side or to the edges of the pan; and, and a bit more oil. Add the asparagus, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes to the center of the pan; and, saute a couple of minutes stirring often. Remember, you are just stirring the asparagus in the middle. Leave the rice alone. Next, add the peas, scallions, and water chestnuts to the asparagus; mix, and saute another minute.
Combine ... Scrape the rice down to the center of the pan with all the vegetables; and toss everything together. Add a little broth, a couple of tablespoons, a little soy sauce; and, mix everything together. Then, push it all off to the sides or edge of the pan.
Eggs ... Add the beaten eggs to the center of the pan; and, stir often, until the eggs are set - and, I like them a little golden brown. But, make sure to break up the eggs as they cook. This is one time when you don't want, soft slow cooked eggs. It should only take a minute or two.
Finish, Serve, and ENJOY! ... Now, combine the eggs with the rice and vegetables. Add a bit more broth and soy sauce if needed; and, season to your liking. Transfer to a bowl; and, dig in. It is a delicious - quick and easy side dish. Note: Bok choy, napa cabbage are other ingredients I have also added, which are also good; but, optional.
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