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Covid-19 stay-home recipe: Fuss-free, easy egg fried rice

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An oldie but goodie, fried rice is a staple that most home cooks have in their repertoire.

There are so many permutations of fried rice because of the wide plethora of ingredients used. In recent times, I have come to appreciate the most basic version - egg fried rice.

It is easy and economical to cook. If you get it right, it is the ultimate comfort food.

For the longest time, I have argued with friends, fellow home cooks and chefs over whether to use cooked rice kept overnight for fried rice.

The main reason for doing so, fans of using leftover rice say, is that the rice loses moisture when refrigerated overnight, making it suitable to fry and absorb the seasoning added during the frying process.

I maintain it is unnecessary to use leftover rice or to cook rice and keep it overnight.

It is perfectly fine to use freshly cooked rice. A simple solution is to use less water when doing so.

This works whether you are using long-or short-grain rice. The ideal ratio for long-grain rice to water should be one rice cup of rice to three-quarter cup of water. This makes for rice that is springy in texture.

If you prefer your fried rice a little more moist, add a tablespoon of water and a little more salt right after you season it with fish sauce and light soya sauce when frying.

 
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EGG FRIED RICE

INGREDIENTS

1 rice cup of long-grain rice (150g), rinsed

¾ rice cup of water (135ml)

3 eggs (55g each)

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp sesame oil

2 Tbs cooking oil

3 garlic cloves, chopped

1 Tbs fish sauce

1 Tbs light soya sauce

Dash of ground white pepper

20g spring onion, diagonally sliced

10g fried ikan bilis


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METHOD

1. Place the washed rice and 135ml of water into the rice cooker to cook. Once the rice is cooked, set aside.

2. In a bowl, crack the eggs. Add the salt and sesame oil. Beat well and set aside.

3. Heat the cooking oil in a frying pan or wok over high heat.

4. Add the garlic and stir-fry for 30 seconds until fragrant.

5. Add the beaten eggs and stir briefly for 15 seconds. Add the cooked rice. Stir-fry for 45 seconds to mix the egg with the rice.

 

6. Season with fish sauce and light soya sauce.

7. Add white pepper and continue stir-frying for three minutes.

8. Turn off the heat and add the spring onion. Toss briefly and transfer onto serving plate.

9. Garnish with the fried ikan bilis before serving.

Serves two


How to prepare egg fried rice. Go to str.sg/eggfriedrice

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 09, 2020, with the headline 'Fuss-free, easy egg fried rice'. Print Edition | Subscribe