This is still a recipe under development, so feel free to experiment.
Cold, cooked rice (about 1/2 cup per person i.e. 1 cup uncooked rice to feed 4-5 people)
Spring onions (2 per person)
Garlic (at least one clove)
Eggs (1-2 per person)
To this I add
Carrot or Sweetcorn – about 1/4 carrot finely chopped or the equivalent amount of sweetcorn
Onion – about 1/4 onion per person
Ginger (fresh) – about 1/2 tsp chopped per 4 portions i.e. just a little taste
First, prepare the rice
Cook the rice and spread it out on a baking sheet to cool and dry. If you have leftover rice from the night before, that’s the best option – and white or brown doesn’t matter.
Then, prepare the ingredients
Finely chop the onion and put it in a container
Finely chop the carrot, spring onions, garlic & ginger and put all that in another container along with the sweetcorn if using
Whisk the eggs along with a little water as if you were going to make scrambled eggs
Add salt to both the eggs and the veggie mixture (I add about 1/4 tsp to each when making 4 portions
Now you can start cooking
Preheat a wok or large pan over a medium-high heat.
Add 1 tbsp cooking oil and fry the chopped onion , stirring all the time, until translucent. If it starts going dark brown (or burning) turn the heat down!
Add the rest of the chopped veggies and continue to fry until they are no longer raw but the carrots still have some bite.
Put the veggies back into one of the bowls you were using.
Add a little more oil to the pan, and pour in the eggs. Scramble them until they are about 3/4 cooked then dump in the rice and stir it around to mix it with the egg.
Continue mixing until the rice is heated through, adding more oil if it sticks too much.
Measure out 1 tbs sesame oil and pour it around the edge of the pan, followed by 1tbs soy sauce.
Mix this all thoroughly into the rice and egg mixture.
Add pepper if you like it.
Add the vegetables back into the pan and mix through until warmed.
Serve by packing the fried rice into a round bowl, put your plate on top of the bowl upside-down. Turn right side up and remove the bowl.
One thing to be aware of is that “light” soy sauce and some cheap soy sauces are not brewed and include all sorts of weird ingredients.
The spring onion flavour is what really makes it taste good.