I'm afraid it's that time again. You know, the one when you don't feel like posting an extremely long recipe on your blog because you're kinda sad since you won't be able to spend this Valentine's Day with your darling boyfriend... Here's a simple Asian recipe that's gotten me through many long and lonely Friday nights.
1 tbs vegetable oil
4 cups cooked rice (white or brown)
3 eggs, scrambled
1/2 fish cake (the Vietnamese one), diced into bite sized pieces
1 large clove of garlic, minced
1 small red onion, sliced thinly
1/4 cup frozen peas
1/4 cup frozen string beans (cut into small pieces)
1/4 cup frozen corn
1/4 cup frozen carrots (small pieces)
1 stalk of scallion, sliced very thinly
1 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp sesame oil
salt and pepper to taste
Preparation Time: 5-10 minutes (depending on your skill with a knife and scissors)
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Instructions: First, heat a skillet (or if you have one, a wok) to medium high heat. Then add the vegetable oil. When you oil begin to smoke, add the fish cake. Stir to coat the fish cake in the oil. Once the fish cake has heated through and gets brown around the edges (about 1 minute-2 minutes), add the scrambled eggs. Use a spatula to break up the eggs and get the fish cake coated. After the eggs are halfway cooked, add the onions and garlic. Mix everything together. Then add the rice. Mix all the ingredients together, making sure that the meat and veggie are evenly distributed in the rice. Heat the rice through and then add the soy sauce and sesame oil. Again combine all the ingredients so that everything is coated in the sauce. Next, add the frozen vegetables. (I like to add a touch of curry powder right after adding the veggies. But you can leave it out if you're not a fan of curry.) It should only take a minute for them to heat through. Once everything is heated through, add salt and pepper to taste. Finally, plate the fried rice, top with the sliced scallion, and serve.
Note: You can sub in shrimp for the fish cake if you're having trouble finding it.
Another Note: Click on the picture on the sidebar for a fabulous drink to pair with this meal!