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  • Serves: 8 Servings

The Best Fried Rice (Claiborne/lee)

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Category: Rice, Chinese

 Ingredients List

  • 5 c Cold cooked rice; (cooked at
  • -least one day in advance)
  • 1 c Small raw shrimps**;
  • -shelled, deveined, and
  • -split in half lengthwise
  • 1 ts Baking soda
  • 1 ts Salt
  • 5 tb Peanut oil
  • Or vegetable or corn oil
  • 2/3 c Cooked ham; or cubed chinese
  • -sausages
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/2 c Cooked fresh green peas or
  • -frozen peas
  • 1 tb Salt; approximately
  • 2 tb Oyster sauce**
  • 1 c Fresh bean sprouts; (see
  • -note)
  • 1/2 c Scallions; chopped and green
  • -part included


1. Flake the rice so that the grains do not stick together. Set aside.

2. Combine the shrimps with the soda and salt and let stand 15 rninutes or
longer. Rinse thoroughly in cold water and pat dry on paper toweling.

3. Heat the oil in a wok or skillet until it is almost smoking and add the
shrimps. Cook, stirring quickly and turning them in the oil until they turn
pink, about 30 seconds. Remove them to a sieve fitted over a mixing bowl
and let them drain well. Return the oil from the drained shrimps to the

4. Add the sausages or ham to the pan and cook just to heat through,
stirring. Add the rice, stirring rapidly, and cook until thoroughly heated
without browning.

5. Do the following quickly: Make a well in the center of the rice and add
the eggs, stirring constantly. When they have a soft-scrambled consistency,
start incorporating the rice, stirring in a circular fashion.

6. When all the rice and eggs are blended, add the peas and the tablespoon
of salt, stirring. Stir in the oyster sauce and the cooked shrimps, tossing
the rice over and over to blend everything. Stir in the bean sprouts and
cook, stirring and tossing, about 30 seconds. Add the scallions and serve

YiELD: 8 to 12 servings

Note: If you really want to be refined in this dish, pluck off and discard
the head and threadlike "tail" of each bean sprout. But whether plucked
over or left whole, there should be 1 cup to go into the dish.

**Note to me: try chicken in place of shrimp and soy sauce in place of
oyster sauce.

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