Steak Fried Rice

I love fried rice.  It’s so accommodating.  Whatever leftovers you happen to have (and I mean anything), it’s an easy matter of cutting things down to size and quickly sautéing them all with some rice.  Simple, nutritious, and fridge-cleaning, it could hardly get better.

For this version, I used the leftovers from the steak tacos I made previously.  The various vegetables used to garnish the tacos – red onion, scallion, cilantro, bell pepper – were also saved, all jumbled together in a bag.  They were already sliced, but a quick chop brought them down to bite-size, which I prefer in fried rice.

A fast and hot turn in a pan with some olive oil charred the edges nicely, and softened the crunch before cold leftover brown rice was added.  Letting the rice sit for a minute or so gave some of the rice that wonderfully crisp texture around the edges, though you can skip that if you like.  The steak and some chopped scallion tops were added just before removing the pan from the flame, and residual heat warmed the meat perfectly without cooking it further.  I added some hot sauce to the pan, mostly on a whim, but also served additional salsa verde, leftover from the tacos, at the table.

I would write a recipe for this, but the nature of the dish is so impromptu and variable that it seems unnecessary.  It’s really more about technique than ingredient.  All you really need is to have your rice cold (ideally, but even this is not requisite), your vegetables and other add-ins chopped and ready to go, and a hot fire under a pan large enough to really toss things around.  Add a touch of oil, then anything that needs to be cooked, then rice, then stir in anything that needs only be warmed.  Serve.  Easy as pie.  Who needs a recipe?

Five Minute Photo Shoot: Fried Rice

Part of the reason I’m doing this blog is to help me improve my photography and styling skills.  To that end, I’m going to periodically feature a Five Minute Photo Shoot, which does exactly what it says on the tin.  The idea is to style and take a quality photo (probably most often of my lunch, since that’s when the light is best), in no more than five minutes.

I’ll give a description of what it is, but since my lunches are most often cobbled together from random bits in the fridge, it’s not really easy for me to provide recipes.  If you’re really interested in something in particular, let me know in the comments, and I’ll see what I can remember.

So, without further ado, here’s what I had for lunch today: fried rice with red onion, kimchi, and cucumber, topped with an over-easy fried egg and a dab of plain yogurt.

I love the way the runny yolk turns into an unctuous sauce for the rice.  I could eat this every day.