Saturday, November 7, 2009

Fried Rice Chinese Recipe - How to Cook Egg Fried Rice Chinese Style?

Saturday, November 7, 2009
Successful rice cooking is essential for Chinese meals. Fried rice is very popular in the west, but it is not served in restaurants in China, and rarely in the home. There are many different methods for cooking rice, but one of the most important things to remember is to wash the rice thoroughly before cooking, this helps to prevent the grains of rice from sticking together during cooking.In this fried rice Chinese recipe, you need 2 cups (350g) of long grain rice, 4 eggs (beaten), 2 minced garlic cloves (optional), 2 spring onions, sliced (optional), 2-3 tablespoons dark soy sauce, 3 tablespoons oil, 4 cups of water, and pepper.

First, you need to wash the rice thoroughly under cold running water, then soak in cold water for about 30 minutes. And place the rice in a pan with 4 cups of water, bring the rice to the boil, wait the liquid almost absorbed, cover and simmer in very gently heat for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, turn off the heat, remove the lid to let the steam out and set the rice aside. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a wok, pour the eggs into the wok, stir gently until the eggs is set, transfer it to a bowl and set aside.

Add 1 tablespoon oil back to the wok, then add the spring onions (green onions) and minced garlic to fry for a few second if using. Add the rice, cooked eggs into the wok, and pour 2-3 tablespoons dark soy sauce over the rice, mix well and heat through over a medium heat. Season with some black pepper and serve hot.
Haiyan Lai-Heskin is a registered nurse and nutrition specialist. She loves cooking and advocate healthy eating. As a Chinese living in western country, she's noticed that a lot of people loving Chinese food but has no confident to cook their own. In Chinese culinary skill, good Food Chinese Recipes are essential. Her video blog shows you how to make healthy, well balanced Chinese food for your family.

Vietnamese Spring Rolls Recipe (Goi Cuon)

This Goi Cuon recipe or Traditional Vietnamese Spring Roll recipe took a lot longer than I expected, but I learned a lot during making the rolls. These healthy rolls are full of fresh vegetables and lean meat, so eat up! Made from just rice and water, the neutral banh trang (rice paper) could be easily used in a variety of ways. At one Vietnamese market, I found no less than five brands of banh trang (rice paper) with multi-lingual packaging:

Vietnamese, Chinese, English, and French.

Banh trang gets around. Cambodians have a similar roll also using the same rice paper called nime chow--made without meat and dipped in a vinegar based sauce instead of hoisin. The Chinese have a version with duck and cucumber with a hoisin based dipping sauce. Japanese restaurants are also commonly using regular and dyed versions of rice paper for rolls too.

For the meat you can really use any cut of pork you wish, but leaner works better. The shrimp can also be any size but a medium one helps make rolling easier.

At the bottom of this post you'll find a Vietnamese Nuoc Cham / Spring Roll Sauce recipe too.

This recipe makes about 10 Spring Rolls.

What you need:
-1/2 lb. shrimp (36/40 size) (453g)
-1/2 lb. pork leg (453g)

-1 head red or green leaf lettuce
-a few sprigs of mint

-banh trang (rice paper / Spring Roll wrapper)
-bun (rice vermicelli, the starchless variety)

-1 1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon sugar

Nuoc cham recipe (Vietnamese dipping sauce recipe, Spring Roll sauce)
-1 tablespoon Hoisin Sauce
-2 tablespoons water

Prep time: 25-40 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes
Assembly time: 10-20 minutes

If your shrimp is frozen, thaw it in a bowl of water until it is defrosted so you can cut into them.

1. Split and devein the shrimp. It helps to have a sharp knife and a steady hand. I had to pull up a chair to get the hang of this. I also found it helpful to have a bowl of water to dip the nasties into.

2. Cook the pork: fill a small pot with water about 1.5 inches above the pork, add 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon sugar. Bring to a boil on high heat then lower to 60% for about 30 minutes. It is done when it floats or when it is no longer pink in the middle.

3. Cook the shrimp: fill a small pot with about 2 inches of water (just enough to cover the shrimp). Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Add the shrimp. Boil for about 1.5-2.5 minutes on 70% heat until the shrimp is no longer translucent in the middle. It will be quick so don't go anywhere!

4. Remove the shells and tails and clean off any remaining shrimp intestine. Split the shrimp in half along the body. Try to picture how you want to layer the pork inside the roll so you know how to cut it. Slice as thinly as porkly possible so rolling will be easier.

Tortuna brand bun (rice vermicelli), and Flying Horse brand banh trang (Spring Roll wrapper, rice paper).

5. Get 1 gallon of water boiling. Add 1/3 of the rice vermicelli package and boil for 8 minutes (following the instructions on the packet).

6. Drain and cool the noodles under cold running water to stop it from cooking.

7. Wash and dry your veggies!

8. Add some warm water to a plate to dip the banh trang (rice paper).

9. Dip only before making each roll. It took me about 5-10 seconds of soak. Make sure to remove it before it gets to the desired softness so it's easier to handle.

10. Rolling technique is entirely up to you. Do whatever looks good or makes you happy. Put less than what you think you need so the rolls aren't exploding. Generally it will look better to show lettuce instead of noodles on the bottom. A tighter roll will look nicer and showcasing the meat on top makes it more appealing. Here's what I did:

10a. Add some lettuce near the bottom and leave about 1" to 1.5" space on the sides. Layer with some mint and some chives.

10b. Add shrimp near the middle, color side down.

10c. Add pork on top of the shrimp and some bun (rice noodle) on top of the vegetables. Make sure the rice noodle is spread evenly across.

10d. Fold the sides in so its snug and add some more chives. Then fold the bottom up to cover the rice noodles. You want to keep the roll tight, so lightly squeeze it together as you roll. Once you reach the meat, ease up on the tightness so it doesn't tear.

11. Nuoc cham recipe (Vietnamese dipping sauce recipe):

Add 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce and 2 tablespoons water to a small pan and bring to a boil. Pour into a bowl and cool. Add chopped nuts and some hot sauce. I used Koon Chun hoisin sauce, and Sambal Oelek chili paste (the one without garlic!).

Serve! Yaaaammmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!

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