Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Chinese Fried Rice...Mama style

This past weekend Mike and I had another cooking lesson with his Grandmother. It is one of our favorite thing she makes Chinese Fried Rice and of course we just had to get the recipe. Like all of her recipes there really isn't one. She just adds what she feels is the right amount of ingredients to the dish. So it was something worth watching her make to get everything correct.

Mama's Chinese Fried Rice


6 cups cooked rice

3/4 lb bacon, chopped in pieces

2 boneless pork chops, cut into tiny pieces

1 bunch scallions, all the white parts and 1/2 green chopped

5 eggs, beaten

2 cans (15 oz) bean sprouts, drained and rinsed

2 tsp vegetable oil
soy sauce

1) If you don't have leftover rice cook the rice and let cool. Cut up the pork, bacon and scallions and put in bowls.

2) In a large pot heat up a couple of teaspoons of oil. Add the pork chops to the pan and cook for a few minutes until no longer pink. Add about 1/4 to 1/3 cup water to the pot, lower heat and cover. Cook for about 5 minutes until the pork is completely cooked. Remove lid and cook until all the water has evaporated. Remove pork from pan and set aside.

3) Cook bacon in the pot until it is cook to your liking. Add the pork back to the pot and stir. Add the scallions to the pot and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the beaten eggs to the pot and stir to combine and cook. Once eggs are cook add the bean sprouts to the pan.

4) Add the cooked rice to the pot a couple of spoonfuls at a time and mix after each addition.

5) Once all the rice has been added, start to put in the soy sauce. Add some soy sauce an stir until the color of the rice is an even brown and the salt level is good.

6) Increase the heat and fry the rice. Stir to mix rice, sauce and ingredients evenly. Cover and lower heat to get it up to an eating temperature. It is now ready to eat.

Review: This is really one of my favorite things that Mama makes and I never realized how easy it was. She usually serves the rice with country style spareribs glazed in a sweet and sour sauce. I found out that she would just buy a sweet and sour sauce at the store, brush it on the ribs and bake them in the easy is that! I really can't wait to make this on my own very soon.

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