Ingredients used in fried rice are greatly varied. They can include eggs, poultry and meat (chicken and pork), prawns, vegetables (carrots, bean sprouts, celery, peas, corn), spices and peppers, and soy sauce. I'm guessing that the name "fried rice" comes from the fact that the rice is fried in a wok. However you can use a deep fying pan which will work just as well. Fried rice is popularly eaten either as an accompaniment to another dish, or as a course by itself. Popular garnishes include fried shallots, sprigs of parsley, carrots carved into intricate shapes or sliced chili sprinkled on top of the heaped rice. Many food stands found on the streets across Southeast Asia will serve fried rice on the spot expecting the customer to choose which garnishes to add.
My own version of Cantonese Fried Rice has incorporated quite a number of short-cuts and can therefore be dished out in no time at all. Just remember to cook extra white rice the next time round when you are having a meal.
Cantonese Fried Rice
3 each eggs, lightly beaten
1 large onion, diced into cubes
1 1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup bean sprouts
1 cup sliced mushrooms
6 to 8 cups (depending on how hungry you are) cooked fluffy rice, cold
1 large can luncheon meat, diced into cubes (you can substitue with any chicken, pork or prawns. If you are game, you could also use chinese sausages or BBQ pork, even tastier)
4 Tbsp vegetable oil
Small bunch of green onions, sliced finely
Salt, soy sauce and white pepper to taste
1) Heat up 1 Tbsp of oil in work. Add the eggs and scramble over a high heat, stirring constantly until eggs are cooked. Remove from pan and hold for later.
2) Add the remaining oil to wok and heat until oil begins to smoke.
3) Add the cubed luncheon meat and cook until lightly brown. Then add in the onions and fry for about 1 minute. Add the frozen vegetables/mushrooms and cook another minute.
4) Then add in all the rice and stir to mix for about 1 minute. Add a pinch of salt, soy sauce and pepper. Taste as you are frying and if needed, add more seasoning. Cook the rice for about 4 - 5 minutes, ensuring that everything is mixed thoroughly.
5) Finally add the bean sprouts and scrambled eggs and stir to mix. Cook for 1 minute.
6) Place rice in serving dish, sprinkle with green onions and serve immediately. You can serve the rice with sliced fresh chillies dipped in some soya sauce. (We usually eat our fried rice with bottled chilli sauce or local sambal)