So last week I made the turkey cabbage cups as an appetizer to this rice...and then I saw that a few bloggers had already posted it. I always say there is beauty in simplicity and this rice is the epitome of that. It uses basic ingredients and simple flavors in a combination that cannot be beat. I love fried rice in pretty much any form and I make it often, yet I was so excited to try this recipe. I always have a knob of ginger in the freezer and I definitely always have at least three bulbs of garlic on hand. I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to frying garlic because I fear it burning so it didn't get quite as brown as it should have, but that does not mean the mixture didn't impart a wonderful savory flavor into the rice. I love using leeks instead of green onions in the rice and though I was worried about not mixing the soy sauce into the rice, it made a lovely topping with the egg and sesame oil. I am still without a nonstick pan so I poached my egg rather than frying it. The velvety yolk was perfect with the garlic tinted rice and crunchy topping. I will definitely make this recipe again and who knows...maybe I will even get daring and cook the garlic and ginger mixture a little longer.
Ginger Fried Rice
(Adapted from the New York Times)
Makes 2 servings
2 tablespoons peanut oil
1 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 cup thinly sliced leeks, white and light green parts only, rinsed and dried
2 cups day-old cooked rice, preferably jasmine, at room temperature
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons soy sauce
In a large skillet, heat the peanut oil over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp and brown. With a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels and salt lightly.
Reduce heat under skillet to medium-low and add the leeks. Cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until very tender but not browned. Season lightly with salt.
Raise heat to medium and add rice. Cook, stirring well, until heated through. Season to taste with salt.
In a small saucepan poach the eggs. (You can also fry the eggs in a nonstick skillet)
Divide rice among two dishes. Top each with an egg and drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil and 1 teaspoon soy sauce. Sprinkle crisped garlic and ginger over everything and serve.