So last week was Christmas, and while I don’t celebrate, I do have my own X-mas tradition. That tradition is going to a movie and having Chinese for dinner (or lunch). This year was no different. Despite a slightly lack luster X-mas holiday movie line-up, we ended up seeing The King’s Speech, which turned out to be a great movie, and a good Christmas movie.
Anyway, following the movie we tried a new Chinese Restaurant called Szechuan Gourmet. It turned out to be one of the more authentic restaurants I have tried, including some great dishes like pork belly with chilies and leeks and a raw potato dish that is ridiculously spicy. The point of the matter is this. What do you do with the leftover white rice? You could top the rice with the leftover pork belly dish….or you could make fried rice.
Months ago, on this blog, I posted a steak fried rice recipe, and while that might be similar to this, it is also very different. This uses day old sticky white rice, a bone in pork chop, veggies and of course, an egg. Here is the simple, and delicious fried rice dish, or as the Vegetarian calls it “Daddy Fried Rice” (as an ode to her father who made this dish to hide Eggs for protein).
Serves 2 (can easily be increased with more rice)
Vegetables can be switched depending on availability or preference
*For veggie version, remove pork and fish sauce*
1 container leftover white rice (you know, the white boxes every Chinese restaurant uses)
1 bone in pork chop, bone removed and chopped into small 1/2″ pieces
1 yellow pepper, cut into strips and then diced
1 onion, 1/2″ dice
1 medium carrot, fine dice
1 clove garlic, minced
~1/2 cup light soy sauce
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon oil, not olive oil
In a large pan or wok, heat oil over medium-low heat. Add garlic, onion and peppers and cook until they begin to soften, about 5-7 minutes.
In a small bowl, beat the egg and add about 1 tablespoon soy sauce. Add pork and fish sauce to pan and increase heat slightly. Cook pork about half way through, about 5 minutes and then push the vegetables and pork the edge of the pan and drop egg and soy mix into pan. Let egg cook for about one minute and then break it up and mix in with vegetables.
Add rice, soy sauce and fish sauce. Stir well, and cook until pork is cooked through. Severe immediately and enjoy!