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Thursday, 11 October 2012

Camp Food: Fried Rice

I remember my first ever visit to a Chinese Restaurant very many years ago. It was in South Kensington near the Underground - if fact the toilet window of the "The Rice Bowl" looked out over a mass of railway tacks - but I digress - I particularly remember enjoying the Chicken Fried Rice. It's very easy to make (anything) Fried Rice even with one pan on a camp site.

The trick is to use something like these - packets of ready cooked rice. Yes, they're designed for use in a microwave but don't worry. Tips:
  • Usually on sale for about £1 although supermarket "own brand" products can be less
  • There's lots of varieties but fairly plain flavours work well
  • Don't confuse with "savoury rice" that is a mixture of uncooked rice and flavourings - if it takes more than 3 minutes with or without a microwave you don't want it.
When I cook this at home, I often throw in some frozen peas at the same time as the rice
OK, so what you do is fry some some vegetables such as diced onion, peppers, courgettes, etc in a little oil and add some meat/fish/chicken if you're a carnivore. The "meat" can be pre-cooked or raw but make sure you cook it thoroughly. Then open a packet of the rice mentioned above, throw it in and stir for 4-5 minutes. Serve!

If you really want to, you can cook your own rice from scratch using the traditional boiling water technique. And for the gardeners, you can even get seed and grow your own rice these days but I'm digressing again....

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