Thursday, February 21, 2008

Thai Fried Rice

Semi-improvised for dinner tonight -- delicious!

  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 2 T fish sauce
  • 1 star anise
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2-3 cups brown rice
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 T light vegetable oil
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup snowpeas, trimmed and cut in half
  • 1/2 can pineapple, cut in small dice
  • 1/2 can baby corn, chopped
  • 1/2 can straw mushrooms
  • 2 Tbs fish sauce
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 1 small tomato, sliced
  • 1 small handful coriander leaves
  • 2 T crushed peanuts

In a mortar and pestle grind the star anise and peppercorns to a fine powder. Add the cilantro, garlic, 2 T fish sauce, and ginger and grind to a smooth paste.

Lightly poach the chicken breast in chicken broth and slice thinly.

Steam the carrots for 2 minutes, add the peapods and steam 1 minute more; shock with cold water.

Heat a wok to medium-high, add the oil, then fry the paste for 30 seconds or so - until it smells nicely fragrant. Stir constantly to prevent burning. Crack the eggs, and then pour into the wok as you would for sunny side up. Cook for roughly 30 seconds without stirring allowing the white set a bit, then vigorously stir the egg so it scrambles. Immediately add the rice, and gently break it apart, stirring so each grain is coated in the egg and spice mix. Add the vegetables, chicken and pineapple, stir well and cook for a further 60 seconds. Add the fish sauce and sugar, stir well, then tip onto a waiting plate. Lay the slices of tomato around the rice, then scatter the top with the coriander leaves, and peanuts.

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