So, its day 12 of my vegetarian journey and lately I have been craving Chinese food especially egg fried rice and my absolute fav – salt and pepper king prawns. However, these days I have been forced to cook my own ever since my local Chinese takeaway increased their prices. And on top of that I have serious trust issues when it comes to Chinese restaurants as they can be a real hit and mess at times. So, when I find one I really like or popular I tend to stick to that one place.
To satisfy my cravings I made my own Chinese fakeaway with a bit of healthy touch, as I used brown rice. To tell you the truth I am not really a big fan of brown rice as I find it too dry and a bit bland. Yet on this occasion I decided to give brown rice another chance and try it in this recipe and to tell you the truth I was impressed. Not overly impressed to make me ditch the white rice but pleasantly surprised that I will have it again. And the deliciously steamed pak choi with its umami flavour from the oyster sauce makes this a perfect accompaniment to the fried rice.
Why don’t you try this recipe and comment below or email me at email@example.com of how it went?
VEGETABLE FRIED RICE WITH STEAMED PAK CHOI
A tasty and healthier alternative to your Chinese takeaways.
Heat one tablespoon of oil in a pan or a wok on medium heat and add the spring onions. Sautée the spring onions for 1 minute and then add the grated ginger. Add the chilli and continue to sautée to avoid the ginger sticking or burning to the pan.
Then add the frozen vegetables and stir continuously. Add the rice, curry powder, light and dark soy sauce and mix together until well combined. At this stage you are just heating up the rice so continue to stir and combine the rice with the vegetables. Season according to taste with more soy sauce or salt and dried chilli flakes and then garnish with more spring onions.
For the steamed pak choi, cut the ends of pak choi and carefully peel each leaf then wash it under cold water. Meanwhile, if you do not have a steamer, boil a kettle all the way to the top. Once the water is boiled, pour it into a pan and set it on medium heat. Than take a large sieve and place it over the pan. Cover with a lid and let it steam for 8-10 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat a pan on a medium to low heat and add the oyster sauce, 1 1/2 tablespoon of water and grated ginger and stir continuously for 1 minute. When the pak choi is just done add it to the oyster sauce mixture and gently combine the sauce to the pak choi. Do this until well combined and avoid overcooking the pak choi. Serve on a separate plate and enjoy with the fried rice.