Whenever I need something quick and easy, I usually go with fried rice. I almost always have leftover white rice sitting around in the fridge.
If you got extra tofu, tempeh, seitan, vegetables, whatever, toss that in too. If you don’t have any of that or even if you do, don’t forget the freezer – I always have frozen peas, corn, or mixed vegetables on hand.
Over the years, I’ve thrown in some interesting ingredients. Ones that stuck – minced ginger and salted preserved turnip. And nowadays, I leave out the soy sauce, I prefer just a bit of salt instead.
Vegetarian BBQ Pork Fried Rice
Serves 1 as a meal or 2 as part of a meal
2 pieces salted turnip, rinsed and sliced
2 pieces veggie bbq pork, cubed
3/4″ piece of ginger, minced
1 cup cold cooked white rice
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup frozen green peas
1/4 cup frozen white corn kernels
Salt to taste
1 green onion stalk, chopped
Heat the wok to hot, add the oil and swirl to coat the wok. Add the salted turnip and stir-fry for about 30 seconds. Add the rice, breaking up the large chunks so the grains are separated, stir-frying for about a minute or so.
Then add the bbq pork, ginger, peas and corn. Mix well and continue stir-frying for 2 to 3 minutes. Season to taste and add the green onions. Combine well and serve immediately.
Does your wok look like this when you’re done cooking the fried rice?
Mine does. That delicate, toasted rice crust sticking to the bottom of the wok is the best part, it’s called noan in Cantonese. It’s the same rice crust that forms when cooking rice in a pot. Growing up, my siblings and I fought over who got the biggest piece.
Use a spatula to scrape the crispy pieces out of the wok and sprinkle on top of the fried rice. It adds a nice bit of flavored crunchiness. It’s best to do it as soon as you finish cooking as it’s easiest then to get the crust out. Be careful as the wok will still be very hot.