twig boy cooks – incredibly easy egg/non egg-fried rice
A simple yet super side dish you can add to almost anything, I think. I mean, who doesn’t like rice? It’s rice! Best of all, you can add as much or as little as you like to this dish so it can be fully tailor-made to meet even the pickiest of eaters needs.
Ingredients. Serves 2. Prep time – 10 minutes. Cooking time 20 minutes(ish).
1 cup white rice
2 spring onions
1/2 cup frozen peas
any vegetable of choice
oil for frying, I use sesame
dash of soy sauce
1 egg (optional)
ONE. Wash, soak and rinse your rice for about 5 minutes or until your water is running clear. I can’t remember why exactly, er, blah, blah, blah, removes starch, blah, blah, blah, will be less sticky. Maybe you like sticky rice, if you do, don’t rinse it! It’s really up to you. I mean, if someone tells me a swan tastes like pure ambrosia, food of the gods, it doesn’t mean I’m going to eat one.
TWO. Get a pot with a lid, this is important, put your rice in it with twice the amount of water (i.e. 1 cup of rice = 2 cups of water) and turn the heat up to the maximum. We aren’t messing around at this stage, you need to show the water and the rice whose in charge. As soon as you spot a bubble in the water, even just the slightest one, put the lid on and turn the heat down to the minimum, the lowest it will go that isn’t off. Do not take the lid off of the pan. Not once. The steam in the pan will cook the rice. Hopefully, if you do it properly, this method should give you perfectly cooked rice.
THREE. When your rice is cooked, empty it into a colander and douse it with cool water. Make sure it is thoroughly soaked and set aside until you are ready for frying.
FOUR. Take your wok and add a glug of your cooking oil, when it is hot, add your peas and stir for 45 seconds, then add your spring onions and cook until the vegetables have reached your desired texture. Then add the rice, the soy sauce and heat through until the rice is piping hot. You now have your incredibly easy non-egg-fried rice.
FIVE. If you are using an egg now is your time to shine, crack the egg into a cup and beat until it’s well er, beaten. Push the rice in the wok to one side and pour the egg into the hot, empty wok space. When it has just started to set, mix it all together until you have got your incredibly easy egg-fried rice.