Thankfully the missus decided to save last night's leftover rice. Because I got stuck at the house with no transportation this morning, and a guy my size has got to eat at regular intervals. Fried rice from leftovers and pantry items saved the day.
Here's the stuff that went into it:
- Some leftover broccoli
- 1 egg
- Some fresh hot pepper, sliced, to taste.
- 5 dried shiitake mushrooms, reconstituted in hot water, sliced
- 2 tablespoons light Chinese soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons dry sherry
- 3 scallions, green parts, sliced
- 1 pork chop, ground or minced
- 1 C leftover rice
- 1-2 teaspoons sesame oil
- Add 1 T soy sauce and 1 T sherry and a pinch of salt to the pork. Set aside.
- Heat up your wok and add some peanut oil.
- Cook the broccoli until it takes on some color, and set aside
- Add a bit more oil to the wok and throw in the pork. Stir fry briefly until just barely cooked.
- Add the hot pepper and cook briefly.
- Add the rice to the wok, breaking up clumps, and stir fry while adding the rest of the soy sauce and sherry until warm.
- Make some room on the bottom of the wok and add the egg, and incorporate into the rest of the food. Or just throw it in. This isn't rocket science.
- Return the broccoli to the wok.
- Add the scallion and toss briefly.
- Remove from heat and add the sesame oil.
- Season with salt to taste.
I suspect many people have some scallions bouncing around their vegetable crisper drawer, and an egg or 3 in the fridge. No hot pepper? Use red chili flakes. What, you don't have a rogue pork chop hanging around? Use tofu. Use celery or whatever veg you have. Hell use deli ham for all I care.
Having items like Chinese light (and dark) soy sauce and dried shiitake really help when you're pulling a quick meal together. Lots of flavor and umami for little effort. A meal like this really beats the shiitake out of peanut butter and jelly, of this you are assured.
It just started snowing, so if you'll excuse me I need to figure out what the heck is left in this house to eat. It may be peanut butter and jelly for dinner after all. Any wine pairing suggestions?