This Thai fried rice is a vegetarian version but you can add meat of your choice to this. It is the perfect use of leftover rice that’s been left in the fridge for a day or several. I first posted this recipe more than five years ago when I was going through a bit of a Thai phase but I made a critical error in my first post. Although I had listed spring onion as an ingredient, I didn’t explain when this was to be added. My bad! So here’s an updated and better version of the recipe I had originally posted all those years ago.
In my humble opinion, Thai fried rice is more aromatic and flavourful than Chinese fried rice and I often have fond memories of it. When I was younger, my family used to go to Bangkok often for holidays. During these holidays, we used to stay at a motel near MBK shopping centre. I don’t remember much about the motel except that their fried rice was amazing. The motel version had chicken but I have made a vegetarian version. This is the closest I have come to replicating it.
Serves 4 (approx. 329 calories per serve)
500g cooked rice, chilled overnight
2 tbsp neutral oil (I used olive oil)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, sliced
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp fish sauce
3 stalks spring onion, sliced
1 cucumber, sliced (optional)
1 lime, wedges (optional)
Heat the oil in a large wok over a medium to high heat.
Add the garlic and onion and toss until fragrant and the onion has softened.
Add the eggs and quickly scramble until cooked. I would have the eggs ready by cracking them open in a small bowl so I can add all the eggs at once to scramble before they get too cooked.
Add the rice and stir fry for a few minutes until the grains separate.
Add the sugar, fish sauce and oyster sauce and continue to stir fry the rice until all it is evenly coated. You may want to season with some more salt to taste.
Stir in the spring onion, mix through and take off the heat. Serve immediately with sliced cucumber, lime wedges and coriander.
Step by Step Video
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