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Chinese Fried Rice|チャーハン

Chinese recipes come quite next to favorites among us, the Japanese. In most any part of the world, no matter how remote, one is likely to find an oriental food restaurant, Chinese food. Any type of Chinese food is like finding water in a hot desert, to quench your oriental food appetite and the least disappointing menu is the all star favorite ‘Chinese fried rice’.

Yet, when one tries to make this at home….seems simple but not quite. The handling of the wok (pan) and the heat makes the rice separate as the Chinese chefs do. 

This recipe was given to me from my friend, a former colleague and Creative Director at the Advertising Agency days. The handwritten, detailed recipe, a memo describes how one can make  ‘fried rice’. The artwork and precise instructions is so cute, a valuable piece of art on my cooking recipe book. 

My friend’s cooking instructions

炒飯。簡単そうに見て、全く簡単ではないお料理です。

私自身、あまり得意とする料理ではないのです。余りご飯で中華料理店のように作れたらいいのなぁ~と大の「炒飯好き」の広告代理店の旧友からいただいたレシピと作り方です。

一枚の紙でいただいたレシピ。細かい火の使い方やイラストがかわいいくて、、私のレシピ本に殿堂入りしてます。

Chinese Fried Rice

Cuisine: Chinese
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes

Ingredients

  • A
  • 10-15cm Long leaks or chives (chopped)  | ネギのみじん切り

  • 1 tsp  (chopped) ginger |生姜のみじん切り

  • Favorite meat of your choice, recommend barbecue pork (cut into 5mm~7mm squares) | 肉は適当に。豚でも良いが鶏が講評。チャシューが定番。

  • B
  • 2 bowls (heated) White Rice | ご飯 (温めておく)

  • C
  • 2 eggs (mixed in a separate bowl) | 卵 (別ボウルに混ぜておく)

Directions

  • Using a Chinese wok (frying pan), sauté the A ingredients (leaks, ginger, meat) with vegetable oil and set aside to a separate bowl.  (Medium Heat)
    (中火)中華鍋を熱して少量の油でAを炒め、いったんボウルに出しておく。
  • Wash or remove any burns from the wok and heat the wok, placing and flattening the rice, under low heat. Do not touch the rice for about 30 seconds. (Low Heat)
    (弱火)中華鍋が焦げ付いたら軽く洗い、多めの油をひき、Bの温めたご飯をいれてうくく、広く伸ばす。そのまま動かずに焼く。
  • After 30 seconds or so, pour the C ingredient – the egg evenly over the rice and let the egg sink down to the bottom of the wok. You will star to see the eggs cook from the side.
    (弱火)ご飯を30秒程焼いた上からCをまんべんなくまわしかけ、しばらく待つ。卵が鍋にどどいて音が変わったら、ヘラで混ぜかえす。
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