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Sunday, 18 May 2008

Clear-the-Fridge Fried Rice!


I think fried rice is not only a great way to use left over rice but also vegetables that you just want to use up to clear the fridge! And besides, fried rice is actually nicer when made with rice that was cooked the day before and kept in the fridge. It is firm and easier to stir than if the rice was just cooked.

This is what I did yesterday with half a cauliflower, 2 carrots, sweet corn, mushrooms and some chives sprinkled on just before serving. I don’t really like cauliflower because of the farty smell it gives off when cooking! But I quite like it cooked in this way. The smell is well camouflaged!

After cutting the vegetables into small pieces, I sautéed them in 1 tablespoon of margarine and a little hoisin sauce until almost cooked. I then added the rice with about 1 teaspoon of mushroom soy sauce. I stirred a few times without covering.

The heat and sauces causes the rice to become quite mushy. So, I usually wait for the rice to cool down and become firm again before reheating and serving.


  1. There's nothing better than a clean-the-fridge meal :-), specially with rice! great job!

  2. Actually, i'll try this recipe tonight:) since for a beginner, this one seem appropriate. But one question; i do not have hoisin sauce. Kindly suggest me any substitute for the hoisin sauce. Thanks

  3. You could just use a little soy sauce (I think you must have this at home?).
    But don't use too much if you have the dark soy sauce. It will make the vegetables look too dark and dead!
    Light soy sauce would probably be best.

    Basically, hoisin can be replaced by any other sauces like black bean or sweet and sour. Although it will alter the taste a slightly. But it will still be nice.

    Otherwise just use 1 teaspoon of dark soy sauce or 1-2 tablespoons of light soy.
    I'm sure you'll be fine with the cooking. Keep me posted!


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