Lazy Kitchen Ep. 9: Fried Rice

My calorie counter has officially broken. When it comes to fried rice —garlic rice, chow fan, whatever— I am a beast with insatiable hunger. 

Also, this blog is not a cooking blog. It’s a random life and art blog. This is my disclaimer for all the cooking bloggers that have started following me huhu don’t trust me!!!!

Introduction: Fried Rice

This stir-fried dish is part of an ancient tradition of never letting cooked rice go to waste. Asians since time immemorial have been mixing it up with a variety of vegetables, protein sources, sauces, and egg. It’s a common street food across the continent. 

In our Filipino home, we usually eat Singangag or garlic fried rice paired with a breakfast viand. This is just pre-cooked rice with garlic, salt and black pepper. It’s a key part of breakfasts all over the country, especially dishes like tapsilog (garlic fried rice with tapa and fried egg). 

I thought I’d try something more East Asian by making fried rice with the ingredients I usually see served in restaurants (as limited by our quarantine pantry, of course). 

Ingredients for Fried Rice

As long as you have garlic, old cooked rice, and some veggies in your kitchen, you’re good to go! 

Canned tuna fried rice! I feel healthy just looking at it…

Canned Tuna Fried Rice

  • 4 cups of cooked rice 
  • 1 can of tuna (~200mL) 
  • 1 tbsp of vegetable oil 
  • 4 to 5 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 small carrot, diced 
  • 1/4 cabbage, sliced
  • 1 tbsp of soy sauce 
  • 2 medium eggs 
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Hotdog Fried Rice 

(Basically the same thing, except we didn’t add soy sauce anymore) 

  • 4 cups of cooked rice
  • 2 pieces of hotdog, diced 
  • 1 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 4 to 5 coves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 small carrot, diced
  • 1/4 cabbage, sliced
  • 2 medium eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste

The vegetables can be swapped out for literally anything: green onions, frozen peas, bell peppers. And the protein can also be beef, pork, chicken. You also don’t need to settle for just soy sauce; add flavor with oyster sauce or ketchup. The possibilities are ENDLESS. 

Easy Fried Rice Recipe

It takes less than 15 minutes to cook and even less time to eat and eat and eat. I love fried rice. 

Fried rice is great as an entree or side dish. You can add basically whatever you want (I don’t think there’s any way you can go wrong with spicing up your leftover rice). Plus, it’s an effective way to trick yourself to eat veggies. Because this recipe is basically “anything goes”, I say it counts as a lazy dish.

Hotdog fried rice! The only hotdog brand in our house is Tender Juicy. Sorry not sorry.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

  1. Saute garlic in oil until golden brown. 
  2. Add carrots. Cook for at least a minute. 
  3. Add tuna/hotdog/pre-cooked meat. Cook for at least a minute. 
  4. Add rice. Mix well. 
  5. Add soy sauce. 
  6. Add beaten eggs to rice. 
  7. Salt and pepper to taste. (Don’t add too much salt if there’s already soy sauce!) 
  8. Add cabbage. Mix and cook until cabbage looks more wrinkly. 
  9. Serve and enjoy!!!

Catch me making this instead of getting the $1 takeout from Chow King. LOL. 

UPDATE: Sinangag!  

Edit (2020/05/15): I tried my hand at making garlic fried rice after my mom said our cooked rice smelled a little bit off. It’s a crowd favourite. 

Until next time!

Your resident kitchen gremlin ❤️

Check out other lazy kitchen episodes here. 

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