If anyone asks “what do you like to cook for a quick meal”, my answer would be either 1) noodle soup, or 2) fried rice.
We usually eat jasmine rice in Singapore, but since jasmine rice is slightly costly in Germany, we opt for long grain rice which is easily available in supermarkets here. One thing good about long grain rice is that it isn’t as sticky as jasmine rice, and so it’s the perfect rice for fried rice in my opinion. Fried rice is usually oily because the rice grains stick together quite a bit, but you won’t need to use much oil when using long grain rice.
I love fried rice because it is easy to prepare and very versatile. I don’t really have a fixed recipe for fried rice because it all depends on what is available in my fridge.
I made sambal fried rice with vegetables, crispy ikan bilis and sunny side up eggs for dinner on Saturday.
- 1 cup long grain rice (uncooked)
- 2 eggs
- a handful of ikan bilis, washed and drained
- half a green paprika, diced
- 1 carrot, diced
- some broccoli stem, diced
- 2 tbsp mince garlic
- 1.5 tbsp sambal chili*/**
- olive oil
- 1/2 tbsp soy sauce (optional)
- 1 tsp spring onion, minced (optional)
You will need to prepare the rice 3-4 hours before cooking the fried rice. Let cool. If you’re using jasmine rice, then you will need to prep the rice at least 6-8 hours to let it dry adequately.
Heat up 1/2 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp of mince garlic in a large wok. Add in the vegetables and cook them till 80% done. Dish up the vegetables into a bowl.
Using the same wok, heat up 1 tbsp oil and fry the ikan bilis until crispy. Drain on a paper towel and set aside for use later.
Again, in the same wok, heat up another 1/2 tbsp of oil and the remaining tbsp of mince garlic. When garlic is fragrant, add in the sambal chili and fry until chili is fragrant. Add in the cooked rice and vegetables and mix evenly over medium heat. Taste the rice and add soy sauce if desired. (Some sambal chilis may be saltier, depending on brands).
Spoon the fried rice into your serving bowls and set aside. In the same wok that you prepared the fried rice, heat up 1 tbsp of oil and fry a sunny side up egg. Place the egg over the fried rice and garnish with the crispy ikan bilis and spring onion.
*You may reduce it to 1 tbsp if you’re afraid of spice.
**If using 2 tbsp sambal chili, you may wish to prepare a glass of milk or some water as the heat builds up!