Fried rice is such a traditional Chinese dish that there are so many variations and so many different ways to cook it. Two principles remain the same no matter whichever version of fried rice you are making. One, fried rice is the best when made with day old cooked rice. Two, fried rice always comes with eggs in it.
As for the rest, there is no rule. Sky is the limit. You can add whatever ingredients you like to the rice as long as they go well with cooked rice. Eggs and chopped green onion are the two must have ingredients in my version of fried rice.
And today I am making fried rice with ham and shrimp.
1 bowl of cooked rice (about 2 cups)
3 large eggs
1 to 2 egg yolks (optional)
1 cup diced ham
12 to 14 jumbo shrimps
2/3 cup frozen or fresh green peas
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon rice cooking wine
1/2 to 1 teaspoon soy sauce
chopped green onion
salt to taste
2 to 3 tablespoons cooking oil
Like I mentioned earlier, fried rice is the best when made with day old cooked rice. Refrigerate 1 bowl (about 2 cups) of cooked rice overnight. 10 minutes before making the fried rice, remove it from refrigerator. With a wood spoon or spatula, break apart any large clumps of rice.
In a bowl, add eggs, yolk and a pinch of salt. Whisk them together with a wooden spoon or chopsticks.
Microwave the frozen or fresh green peas on high for 1 to 2 minutes. Drain any extra juice or water.
Blanch the shrimp in boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat; peel; and then cut each shrimp into 3 or 4 pieces.
Heat a wok over high heat. Add oil. Swirl the wok a little bit so that the oil can grease the whole wok.
Add egg mixture to the wok. The high heat will cook the egg very fast. But you need to act faster. Add rice to the wok before the eggs are fully cooked. Stir fry the rice with a spatula and try to gently break apart any clumps of rice.
When the rice and eggs are cooked, add shrimps, salt, sugar, rice cooking wine and soy sauce.
Stir fry until everything comes together. Add diced ham, green peas and chopped green onions. Stir fry for another couple minutes.
You can eat it with a spoon or chopsticks. (∩_∩)O~