Taiwanese fried rice

Adapted from Michelle Ferng and Farm to Table Baby Mama

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups cooked white rice, cooled overnight in fridge
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup Chinese sausage / bacon, cooked and finely chopped (can sub with mushrooms, quartered)
  • 1 large garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, roughly chopped or diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • other vegetables (corn, chopped lettuce, spinach, etc.)
  • 4 stalks scallions (about 10 shoots total), chopped into 1/8″ segments
  • vegetable oil
  • sesame oil
  • soy sauce
  • rice or sherry wine (optional)
  • white pepper (optional)
  • salt

Directions:

  1. Heat up skillet over high heat. Add a drizzle of grape-seed oil or other neutral vegetable oil.
  2. Add garlic and then white and light green scallions to infuse the oil. Slightly sauté until the garlic turns golden.
  3. Once oil is ready, add the cooked rice and use a spoon or rice paddle to break up the rice and mix with the garlic and scallions. Add the salt and pepper. Mix.
  4. Fold in the veggies and dark green scallions.
  5. Pour the eggs over the rice and continue to mix until the egg and mixture is dry. Taste and top with extra slices of veggies.
  6. Serve hot

Fried rice (蛋炒飯, dàn chǎofàn) is an amazing standby, the perfect comfort food. I had spinach, and I garnished with just a bit of kimchi for some zing. With the pandemic shelter-in, I’m developing a fondness for eating preserved vegetables at my own pace (getting too many vegetables usually means some portion of rot before I can finish it on my own).

~Jessica

Chinese sausage and chicken rice hot pot

Adapted from Steamy Kitchen‘s but directly from Ming Tsai.

Ingredients:

  • 3 chicken thighs with the skin, boned and diced
  • dark soy sauce
  • cane sugar/honey
  • sesame oil
  • scallions, sliced
  • cornstarch
  • ginger, grated
  • 1 lapchang (Chinese sausage), cut in disks
  • 3 cups uncooked Chinese long grain rice, washed until water is clear, drained
  • salt
  • peanut oil
  • 1.4 L chicken stock

Directions:

  1. Combine the chicken, soy, sugar, sesame oil, scallions, cornstarch, ginger and sausage and let marinate refrigerated for at least 15 minutes.
  2. In a clay pot (or something that won’t melt in the oven later), combine the rice, salt and peanut oil.
  3. On high heat, saute briefly on the stovetop then add the stock to Fuji (3-4 cm above the rice). Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium heat and simmer until the stock has evaporated to the level of the rice.
  4. Add the chicken mixture, cover and cook in a preheated oven at 175 deg C for 12 – 15 minutes.
  5. Stir well, cover, cook on stovetop at high for only 1 minute then reduce heat to very low. Cook for an additional 10 minutes, then turn heat off.
  6. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

~Jessica