This is a healthy and filling dish, one of my family's favourite.
Ingredients - for 1 portion (as in the photograph)
cooked rice 1 1/2 cups
Chinese sausage 1/2 stick
fish sauce or soy sauce 2 tablespoons
spring onions, thinly sliced 2 - 3 tablespoons
chopped garlic 1 teaspoon
fresh lime 1 piece
chillies in fish sauce optional
wok or deep sauce pan, spatula for stir-frying
1. Slice or cube the sausage.
2. Put wok or pan on cooker, put in a little oil, 1 tablespoon approx. Heat the oil to medium heat and put in the sausage, stir until brown but not burned (it is sometime unavoidable to have some burned pieces because the Chinese sausage contains sugar so it gets burned easily, never mind that).
3. Put in the garlic, stir, put in rice, stir fry until rice is tender and mix-in well with the sausage and garlic.
4. Use the spatula to move the fried rice aside of the wok or pan to make room for the egg, add a little more oil to the pan, break the egg in an wait until the bottom of the egg is cooked, break the yolk and stir a little, then cover the egg with the fried rice, wait until the egg is brown.
5. Stir up all the ingredients in the wok or pan, stir fry until the egg is golden then add fish sauce or soy sauce and stir, taste, you can add more sauce as required but please taste first.
6. Add the sliced spring onions, stir a few times, turn off the cooker.
7. Put the fried rice in a nice plate, sprinkle with pepper, put a piece of lime at the side. Serve. May be accompanied with chillies in fish sauce.
Notes : - Suggestion of fresh vegetables to decorate and accompany this dish are : sliced fresh tomatoes, sliced fresh cucumbers, sprigs of coriander or parsley.
- Chinese sausage is called "kunchiang" in Thailand. It tastes sweet and salty, the texture is firm but not hard. However, Chinese sausages in your country may be different, could be harder in texture and taste saltier. The hard ones may need to be steamed before using, which is rather complicated. To be on the safe side, I recommend to buy the Chinese sausages which are made in Thailand, or Thai style ones.
- This fried rice recipe is adaptable, you may substitute the Chinese sausage with other kinds of meat, seafood, sausages or ham. However, if using seafood, please use salt instead of fish sauce or soy sauce for seasoning to avoid overly-strong smell.
- The amount of ingredients is adjustable, in fact, I never measure when cooking. I just try to figure it out for the sake of writing the recipe. I hope this could serve as a basic idea for estimation.