Holiday Fried Rice
Fried foods during the winter holidays? The obvious choices are those associated with Chanukah—doughnuts or sufganiyot and fried pancakes or latkes. But in my family there is another fried food holiday tradition: fried rice at our Christmas Day Chinese banquet. We serve Christmas dinner to homeless women at a local shelter, rest for a few hours and then head out for a movie and Chinese food. That day I enjoy fried rice at a restaurant, but it’s an easy dish to make at home. Loaded up with vegetables and using relatively little oil, this dish is a healthy option when fried food is a must.
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- Small knob of fresh ginger
- 2 cloves garlic
- ½ medium-large red or yellow onion
- 3 large handfuls of snow peas or green beans
- 1 red bell pepper
- ½ cup frozen peas
- ½ teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon high-heat oil
- 2 eggs
- 4 cups cold cooked rice
- Mix the soy sauce and sesame oil in a small bowl and set aside. Mince the ginger and fresh garlic. (The amounts of each do not have to be precise. Approximately 2 teaspoons of each, minced, works well.)
- Cut the onion and red bell pepper into small dice and chop the snow peas or green into small pieces. Mix them and set aside in a bowl. Set out the frozen peas in a separate bowl, to give them a chance to defrost slightly.
- Lightly beat the eggs in small bowl. Heat a wok or large, heavy skillet. Add a teaspoon of the oil, then add the eggs and spread them around so that they cook as a pancake rather than as scrambled eggs. Remove the egg pancake to a plate. Let it cool, then cut the cooked egg or rip it into small pieces.
- Add 1 more tablespoon of oil into the wok or skillet, then the ginger and garlic. Cook them for about 30 seconds on high heat, stirring constantly, and then add the onion, snow peas or green beans and red bell pepper pieces. Stir-fry for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add the final tablespoon of oil, then the rice and peas, stirring constantly to break up the rice and warm the peas.
- Once everything is heated through and well mixed, add in the chopped eggs and the reserved soy sauce/sesame oil.