Fried Rice

If possible use cold rice and make it the night before.  That way it won't become mushy.  You can use white or brown rice and  longer grains are best.  I think bacon or spicy sausage would be great in this but I didn't have any around.

Vegetable Fried Rice

4 cups cold rice

canola oil or grapeseed oil

2 eggs, beaten

3 cloves garlic, finely diced

1 nub ginger, finely diced

1 shallot, finely diced

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/2  red pepper, diced

1 heaping cup brussel sprout leaves

1 carrot, peeled and diced

2 scallions, diced

a few fresh leaves of basil, chopped

salt and pepper

1 tablespoon each fish sauce, sesame oil, soy sauce and rice vinegar

squeeze of lime juice

In a small dish add sesame oil, fish sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar and squeeze of lime juice.  Set aside.  In a large pan heat a drizzle of oil and cook egg at medium high heat whisking as it cooks, creating cooked bits of egg.  Set aside and clean pan.  Drizzle oil in pan and on medium high heat cook carrots, brussel sprouts, scallion and red pepper about 4 minutes.  Set aside vegetables along with the egg. Again, drizzle oil in pan and cook ginger, red pepper flakes, shallot and garlic about 2 minutes, until fragrant.  Tun heat to high and add 2 tablespoon oil.   Add rice, vegetables and egg.  Add Sauce and stir continously until rice is hot and all ingredients are incorporated.  Remove from heat, add basil and season with salt and pepper.