You don’t have to even leave your kitchen to have restaurant worthy Chinese food. This is the secret to ham fried rice faux takeout style.
My mom is probably a lot like your mom, she sacrifices the heck out of everything to make sure that we all have what we need and taking the time to teach us everything she knows so that one day we could walk on our own as kind, contributing citizens. Most of all she just loves us dearly and what more could we want, well other than her cheesy ham and potato bacon bake or busy day casserole?
There’s only two things Mom ever wanted other than the gift of us kids not fighting for one whole day (or nothing at all, as she often said for holidays), and that was hot french fries or a meal at The Great Wall, her favorite restaurant. I may not know how to recreate her favorite Won Ton soup, but I can help out with the secret to perfect ham fried rice.
Actually there’s a story about Safeway too, but I’ll leave that for the upcoming Sesame Chicken post. And do stay tuned because I believe it turned out pretty fantastic. Anyway, Mom really never asked for anything even if we begged and pleaded, but she would finally speak up around her birthday or anniversary and mention that “mmmmm, that won ton soup at the Great Wall does sound good.” Off we would trek to a little Chinese restaurant and we would gather around the table to order and look forward to looking at who we were on the Chinese calendar.
I’m the rat. I always hated that. I never thought that the strengths and weakness didn’t really fit me. Do you know what you are on the calendar? You can find out here if you’re curious. I’d love to know what you are and if you think it fits you. But back to the rice, the secret to perfect fried rice is actually to use 1 to 2 day old rice. Trust me, it’s the best way to ensure that your rice absorbs all of that flavor and fries up nicely in the pan. So, start with the rice a day or two ahead (which is why I love that I can use it in one meal, make extra and have my next meal started already) then just cook up some carrots and peas and toss in the chopped ham.
Next, you’ll want to whisk up a little sweetened soy sauce mixture and then once you’ve “fried” your rice in a little oil just add the sauce, stir and the remaining ingredients. Last, sprinkle a little green onion to brighten the whole dish and voila! Now how much do you love that you can make perfect rice by using leftovers?! Get on this recipe my friends. You’ll love it!
The Secret to Ham Fried Rice
- 1½ cups peas
- 1½ cups carrots, cubed
- 2 cups ham, chopped
- 2 eggs
- 4 cups cooked rice
- 2 tablespoons oil
- ⅓ cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoons brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon white sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 pinch crushed red pepper
- 2 green onions, chopped for garnish
- to 2 days prior cook your white rice, we prefer Calrose
- Steam the carrots and peas and set aside. In a small fry pan add a little oil and heat to medium heat. In a small bowl, lightly whisk together the eggs and add to the pan, lifting and tilting the egg and pan until all of the liquid is touching the pan and cooking and none is sitting on top of the egg. Carefully flip and cook until set. Remove the egg and chop.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sugar, ginger and crushed red pepper. Set aside.
- In a large saute pan, over medium heat add the rice and oil, cooking until hot and the rice is beginning to pop. Add the sauce mixture, stirring to combine. Add the eggs, ham, carrots and peas and stir until heated through. Top with green onion and serve immediately.