Fried rice! What are your favorite ingredients and techniques?

Meant to say DH does it in an electric non stick wok, but I have better luck in a large skillet. And the peas are fresh frozen petite peas. Such a great way to use leftovers.

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from youtube:

Ok, let’s get started on this Indonesian street food recipe, but remember that this recipe is very customizable, and the only real way to make it is to taste test it and make it they way you like it.

For the pickle:
2 cucumbers
½ large carrot
20 - 40 small birds eye chilies
2 - 3 tbsp sugar
2 - 3 tbsp white vinegar
½ tsp salt

For the sambal
5 - 20 hot chilies (in Thailand I used Karen chilies)
3 cloves garlic
1 small shallot
½ tsp salt

For the crispy shallots:
Shallots
Salt
Oil for frying

Emping (melinjo crackers) if you can get them, or shrimp crackers

200 grams - 300 grams - Day old rice
2 eggs per plate
2 stalks stink beans, or a handful
½ tsp pepper
½ tbsp soy sauce (to taste)
1 tbsp kecap manis (sweet dark soy sauce)

METHOD:

Chop and mix all the ingredients for the pickle. Adjust vinegar, sugar, and salt to taste. Let it sit, and the juices will start to come.

Peel the shallots, and slice finely. Mix in a bowl with salt, and massage as much of the shallot juice out as possible. They will fry more crispy the drier they are. Deep fry in oil for a few minutes until golden brown and crispy.

If you have emping or shrimp chips, quickly deep fry them.

Add some oil to your wok, heat, and fry a couple of eggs - set aside to drain.

For the nasi goreng, start with the fresh sambal. Pound chilies, garlic, shallots, and salt until coarse and the oils come out.

Add about 2 - 3 tbsp oil to your wok and wait for it to heat. Begin by frying the sambal curry paste you just pounded - fry until fragrant. Then add your stink beans and mix and fry for about a minute. Crack in an egg on the side, let it sizzle for a few seconds before scrambling it, and mixing it into the sambal mixture. When the egg is scrambled, add in your rice. Mix continuously on medium heat, making sure you really break apart each grain of rice. Season with soy sauce and kecap manis, and some pepper. Stir fry until each grain of rice is individual and coated in the soy sauces.

Serve on a plate, fried egg on top, crackers on the side, cucumber and tomato for garnish, and pickle on the side. Enjoy!

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This recipe has no shrimp paste/powder. I don’t see it in the ingredient list.

I like shrimp paste but some recipes do omit it or suggest alternatives such as this recipe from Serious Eats:

excerpt:

Terasi is an umami bomb that pervades both your kitchen and your senses. If you can’t find it easily, feel free to substitute another Southeast Asian shrimp paste, or omit it—you’ll be making what my mom calls nasi goreng cina , or Chinese fried rice, which is the version she made for us when I was growing up.

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A few days ago I had the Golden Supreme fried rice at Harborview in San Francisco and I’m obsessed.

And there was salt cod.

Swoon.

I need the recipe.

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Leftover rice from the local restaurant, which I always order but never eat with my steamed veg/tofu entree. Repurposed with diced tri color peppers, mushrooms, scallions, cashews, carrot and canned/drained baby corn. Stir fry. Sometimes cabbage makes it to the party.

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Every one of those I’ve gotten has ended up smelling like rancid oil (quelle surprise!) so I quit buying them.

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Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, Yuanyang County, Yunnan
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