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Foreign Devil Fried Rice Recipe
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Foreign Devil Fried Rice

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"My husband is Chinese and I am Western. Between the two of us we came up with this recipe for fried rice that is actually a meal in a bowl. Now all my Chinese relatives make it this way and our Western friends have asked us to teach them how it is made. Optional ingredients include meat, salted fermented black beans, cashews and chili oil. I can do this dish in well under half an hour, and that includes all the chopping. This dish is good for colds, depression, writer's block, stubbed toes, insomnia, heartbreak, religious crises and general crankiness. It can change your life. Yum."

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  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins
  • READY IN

    1 hr

Directions

  1. Place the dried bean curd in a bowl, and cover with boiling water. In a smaller bowl, place the shredded black fungus and dried black mushrooms, and cover with boiling water. Allow the bean curd, black fungus, and dried black mushrooms to soak until rehydrated, about 20 minutes.
  2. Place 3 1/4 cups of water with rice in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, and let it boil hard for one minute. Cover with a lid, and turn heat to low. Cook on low for 5 minutes, then remove from heat (without lifting the lid). Let sit, covered, while you prepare the rest of the meal, or about 20 minutes. Do not at any time lift the lid.
  3. In a non-stick skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Scramble eggs to the dry instead of the creamy point. Dump them into a bowl, and continue to chop them into bits with the edge of a wooden spoon. You don't have to pulverize them, go for pieces about the size of your thumbnail.
  4. In one bowl, combine carrot, onion, garlic, and ginger. In another bowl, green onions and frozen peas. Now drain all the water off the bean curd, fungus and mushrooms. The bean curd might need some tough bits removed, and the remainder cut into quarter-inch rings. The mushrooms only need slicing and the fungus is pre-sliced so no worries there. Combine bean curd and mushrooms in a third bowl.
  5. Heat wok over high heat; let the metal get smoking hot, about one minute. Add three tablespoons of vegetable oil. Wait about 30 seconds, and tip in the bowl of carrot, onion, garlic, and ginger. Cook, stirring frequently. The garlic's going to brown first because it has the highest sugar content, so keep an eye on it, and turn the flame down if necessary. Tip in the bean curd, shredded fungus, and mushrooms, and cook and stir for one minute. Now look to see that your flame is set to maximum, and tip in the spring onion and the frozen peas. You don't need to cook them, just threaten them. Keep them moving, and mix in the rice. Stir in the eggs, and then season with generous, generous amounts of tamari and sesame oil, and a few twists of fresh black pepper.
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Footnotes

  • I'd like to talk about some of the ingredients and equipment, why I chose them and why they are worth the effort to obtain.
  • Basmati Rice: It smells lovely and, unlike Chinese rice, it has way more 'backbone' when it's hot, so it's not necessary to let it get completely cold before you fry it.
  • Dried Bean Curd: This is worth the effort it might take to find. Fried rice is about texture as well as taste, and dried bean curd adds a chewy, springy, bouncy fried-squid effect to the whole enterprise.
  • Shredded Black Fungus and Dried Black Mushrooms: Very traditional, and once again, worth the effort to try and obtain. Chinese food is also all about presentation, and the black color of these vegetable sets off the rest of the ingredients beautifully. And they taste nice as well.
  • Tamari sauce: It is made only with fermented soybeans, while soy sauce is made with a blend of soybeans and wheat. The soy sauce just tastes salty while tamari tastes like a fine wine in comparison. Trust me.
  • Preserved Salted Black Beans: One of the greatest and best tasting seasonings I know. They also last for absolutely always. 10,000 years from now, archeologists will dig some up and they'll still taste great.
  • Your Wok: Size matters. Nothing's more depressing than too much food in a too-small wok. Ya got to have plenty of room to sling it around with impunity. So get yourself a roomy wok, a proper cold-rolled steel Chinese wok, a foot and a half wide is good, bigger is better. Put it on your biggest burner, I am lucky to have a wok ring at home, I chose the cooker specifically for it. Did I mention that you need a flame for this? You need a flame. Electric...I wish you all the luck in the world.
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Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 14, 2005

This is a terrific recipe! It takes a trip to the Asian market to get some of the ingredients, but the flavor they add are worth the trouble. I added chicken to the recipe and plan to make it again with shrimp. The quantities that I had to buy the Asian ingredients in will make the recipe at least two, maybe three, more times. All in all, it is a very economical meal. The amount of garlic looked like too much to me, so I just did 2 1/2 tbsp., but I'm sure it would have been fine with 4. The fresh ginger tastes so good in this recipe. Leftovers are just as good as fresh! I want to use this for company sometime, and have all the chopping done early and throw it together when they arrive. This is a definite keeper.

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 23, 2008

I wish there was a picture of this, I can't imagine the ingredients and how this all comes together.

 

35 Ratings

Sep 28, 2004

FIRST OF ALL JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THIS RECIPE IS PROBABLY THE EASIEST, MOST USER FRIENDLY RECIPE I HAVE EVER USED. NOT ONLY IS IT EASY TO UNDERSTAND, IT BROUGHT A SMILE TO MY FACE THE FIRST TIME I READ IT BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS SPELLED OUT!! GREAT RECIPE - WOULDN'T CHANGE A THING! GOOD JOB...LOOKING FOR MORE OF YOUR INTERESTINGLY TASTY CREATIONS!

 
May 27, 2004

That previous review was not accurate. This recipe does not take long to cook, unless you plan to get in and out of the kitchen in 5 mins. Then you might consider heating up some frozen box thing. This recipe was quick to make, easy, and tasted great. I would enjoy more authetic Chinese cooking tips and ingredients.

 
Jul 27, 2006

First off, let me just say how nice it is to see a real recipe here and not “Aunt Thelma’s Mayo Cheese Cake Mix Biscuits”. This recipe is GREAT. This was my first successful foray into Chinese cooking at home, and mostly thanks to all of the in depth technique notes (keeping the wok very very hot, etc.), it came out beautifully. I made a few substitutions: I swapped the dried bean curd out for hickory smoked tofu marinated in tamari, brown sugar, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. I also added in the highly recommended preserved black beans, and they were amazing as promised. Also, I did not have enough fresh ginger or garlic on hand, but the recipe came out okay with 3T of garlic and 2T of ginger. All in all a great recipe, my boyfriend and I loved it, and there are PLENTY of leftovers! I think that next time I make it, I'll want a little drizzle of sweet sauce (like a plum wine reduction or something) to set off the savory, lightly caramelized flavors.

 
Jul 02, 2007

I have not even made this, but I just thought the recipe description was so funny, it deserved 5 stars. :)

 
Sep 08, 2006

Best set of stir-frying instructions I've ever seen. And great guidance on ingredients. We agreed that this is the most successful stir-fried dinner I've made. I added snow peas (instead of peas) and broccoli, putting them in first to cook. Fabulous!

 
Dec 07, 2004

Lemme guess-English major? :o) This tasted so yummy! I, unfortunately, have an electric stove but it still turned out fantastic. Who would have thought I'd ever like something with bean curd in it?! Thank you for the entertaining recipe directions and thank you for the delicious dinner!

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 539 kcal
  • 27%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 71.7 g
  • 23%
  • Cholesterol
  • 146 mg
  • 49%
  • Fat
  • 19.8 g
  • 31%
  • Fiber
  • 5 g
  • 20%
  • Protein
  • 19.9 g
  • 40%
  • Sodium
  • 613 mg
  • 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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