#recipe: 2-way fried rice

AK is growing up so fast… She is now little Miss Independent wanting to feed herself and when we go out, she tries to not hold hands as she enjoys the freedom of walking alone. 13096072_164909860571540_911364718465046683_n

WHY SO FAST ARYA?? MUMMY STILL NEEDS YOU!! *dramatic moment over*.

Trying out this thing where we want to expose her to different yet fun things over the weekends so we can see what she likes. There was this tapir project at Publika this recent weekend, but I think AK was more excited seeing other tiny tots than the tiny tapirs themselves.

These days, though I have started loving cooking a whole lot more, I try to cook things that all three of us can enjoy. AK has this penchant for fried rice and of course Mr Grumpy and I have our own version of fried rice that we normally like. So, the following is a simple way you can make both the kid version and the adult version of fried rice.

  • 2 eggs
  • Broccoli
  • Butter
  • Pepper – about 1 teaspoon
  • Minced beef/tiny beef bacon slices
  • 3 smashed cloves of garlic
  • 3 to 4 cups of rice
  • 3 tablespoons of oyster sauce
  • Half a cup of water
  • Sriracha sauce – 2 tablespoons
  • 3 chopped bird’s eye chilli/cili padi
  • Salt

The kid’s version:

  1. Beat and fry the eggs in butter (about 1 tablespoon) until 80% done, set aside.
  2. Heat butter in a wok and then add the garlic. Saute until fragrant, then add the beef/tiny beef bacon bits in and stir until mostly cooked.
  3. Add in the broccoli and then the rice. Next, add the fried eggs. Stir until everything is incorporated.
  4. Season with a bit of pepper.
  5. Set aside enough for your little cutie(s).

Here was the finished product.

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The adult’s version:

  1. To the remaining fried rice (in the wok), add the oyster sauce, water, sriracha sauce and the cili padi.
  2. Season with salt.
  3. There you go!

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The main difference would probably be that the rice would look pinker/redder than the kid’s version. Looks-wise. Taste-wise, you may be reaching for glasses of water but we love our spicy food!

In retrospect, I would suggest adding a bit of sugar if you like your rice a bit sweet and spicy. Also, maybe a half cup of previously soaked dried anchovies or shrimps at the start when sauteing the garlic. I don’t think that much flavor resonated from the beef bacon strips for us adults, but for AK, she loved it.

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