Happy May! This month we have a little bit of a time crunch so we decided to whip out the simplest Thai dish of them all - fried rice! Fried rice was the safest bet for us to order in Thailand. Most of the time this dish followed an adventurous night that left us hungry...because we couldn't finish the dish. We also learned that Fried Rice is kind of the "fruit cake" of thai dishes...they will add anything and everything they've got that's about to go bad. The list of ingredients are the most common we saw, but feel free to spice it up and add something you love that is not listed! (Meg's favorite, which we forgot at the store, is pineapple!)
Cost and Ingredients:
Total Cost: Under $15 (If you have staple ingredients such as fish sauce and oyster sauce)
Serving Size: 4ish Kyle and Meg servings (little larger than usual)
Ingredients (Main Dish):
- Coconut oil (we have been listening to some nutrition podcasts and we recommend this because it was recommended it us!)
- 4 (cups) of cold rice (Jasmine is the best, and it should be cold for stir frying)
- Cloves of minced garlic to taste (we love it, and it keeps mosquitos away so lots for us!)
- 2 boneless chicken breasts - you can substitute pork or shrimp
- 2 eggs
- 4 green onions
- 2 (tbsp) palm sugar, or table sugar
- 3 (tbsp) Thai fish sauce (sometimes we will omit this because Kyle doesn't like it)
- 1 (tbsp) oyster sauce
- LOTS of cilantro
- 3/4 cup frozen peas (getting into the "anything you want" section of the recipe)
- 1 cucumber
- 2 limes
- 1 jalapeno (if you like spice)*
- 1/4 yellow onion*
*Kyle and Meg's additions to the recipe
Step 1 - Cook the rice
Get the rice cooking so that it can cool before it's added to the stir fry.
Step 2 - Prep the veggies & chicken
Before firing up the stove and starting to cook, make sure that you carefully prep all of the veggies listed above to make cooking as easy as possible. To complete this, make sure you:
- Mince your garlic
- Chop up the cilantro
- Cut up chicken into small pieces
Step 3 - Fire it Up and add Garlic
Add some oil (we chose coconut) to a skillet and fire up the stove to medium high. Once the pan is hot add the garlic. Cook until the garlic browns and smells delicious. *We decided to add jalapeños and onion at this point too for some flavor and a little kick!
Step 4 - Add Chicken to Pan
You got it! Cook for about a minute.
Step 4- Add Eggs - Thai Style
This works a little better in a Wok than a pan, but push the garlic (jalapenos, onion) and chicken to the side to make a space in the middle of the pan for the eggs. Crack the eggs and scramble them for about a minute.
Step 5 - Add Other Ingredients
Add green onion and peas incorporating all ingredients for about a minute. Finally add the rice and turn in all ingredients for a few minutes.
Step 6 - Add Final Ingredients
Lightly add sugar, fish sauce and oyster sauce into the mix. Stir fry all ingredients for an additional few minutes until all sauces are absorbed deliciously into the rice.
Remove the pan/wok from the stove and serve on large plates for you and your guests! Garnish with cucumber, carrots, and anything else that may look nice from your fridge. And, don't forget the cilantro (like we did!)!
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