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Old 09-13-2013, 07:16 AM   #1
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Help me with my fried rice!

I'm a pretty good cook. rarely do I make something and end up thinking "wow that tasted like crap!"

The other day I made orange chicken. it was so good! I also made fried rice to accompany it... that tasted like garbage.

I used Jasmine rice, cooked it in the rice cooker on the white rice setting. I think I did 5 cups of rice and 6 cups of water and i added a little bit of salt. Then I spread it on a cookie sheet and put it in the refrigerator for several hours. I heated up my wok, and I cooked up the eggs, onions, bell peppers, peas, carrots, etc. Then I cooked the put the rice in and stir fried it, adding soy sauce as I went. when I was down I was like ummm this does not look right..

It was GROSS. It was sticky and mushy. just gross. thankfully, there was a ton of the delicious orange chicken lol.

I can NEVER make good fried rice. Lo mein? I can do that. Stir fried veggies? I got it.

But not rice! Where am I going wrong?

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In my rice cooker you do double the amount of water to rice. I usually measure out 3 cups and add 6 cups water. I would also make it the day before. It needs a lot more time to dry out before you re-fry it. I always use a stir fry specific oil, use 2tbsp and then toss/fry the rice. The rice needs to dry out big time or it will be the wrong consistency though is what I think went wrong.

Adding after re-reading: fry your rice separately first and set it aside. Toss it in with the ingredients at the end.
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In my rice cooker you do double the amount of water to rice. I usually measure out 3 cups and add 6 cups water. I would also make it the day before. It needs a lot more time to dry out before you re-fry it. I always use a stir fry specific oil, use 2tbsp and then toss/fry the rice. The rice needs to dry out big time or it will be the wrong consistency though is what I think went wrong.
This. Fried rice is a leftover rice recipe. And your order is off.

Heat the oil
Add the rice
Add the soy sauce
Add the egg
Add the veggies

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Old 09-13-2013, 07:26 AM   #4
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I use white short grain but purposely cut the water a bit in the rice cooker. Rice is key IMO. If it's sticky it just takes too long or get mushy fried rice. I pretty much what you do cooking the vegetables and eggs first then dump the rice last with everything combined and splash of soy sauce after.

Or I'll use rice that's been in the rice cooker for a day or two then use that as it's not as sticky.
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This. Fried rice is a leftover rice recipe. And your order is off.

Heat the oil
Add the rice
Add the soy sauce
Add the egg
Add the veggies
this. i make asian dishes all the time. egg drop soup, lo mein, stir fry, etc.

using long grain white rice is the best. you can also add a tablespoon or so of teryaki sauce just to give it a tiny bit of sweetness. i don't like to use a lot of soy sauce because it is SO high in sodium, so i replace some with the teryaki seasoning.
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In my rice cooker you do double the amount of water to rice. I usually measure out 3 cups and add 6 cups water. I would also make it the day before. It needs a lot more time to dry out before you re-fry it. I always use a stir fry specific oil, use 2tbsp and then toss/fry the rice. The rice needs to dry out big time or it will be the wrong consistency though is what I think went wrong.

Adding after re-reading: fry your rice separately first and set it aside. Toss it in with the ingredients at the end.
wouldn't it come out stickier with more water?? maybe I'm just confused lol.

i guess I'll just have to plan ahead next time. i don't really meal plan. i probably should.
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When we make fried rice, it's always with old rice that has started getting dry. It's a way to use up leftover rice. Similar to PP, the order is to heat up the oil, then we sautee onions or garlic and add the rice. The veggies or whatever you want in it go last. We add a little soy sauce after adding rice and again after the veggies. Other seasoning as desired.
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wouldn't it come out stickier with more water?? maybe I'm just confused lol.

i guess I'll just have to plan ahead next time. i don't really meal plan. i probably should.
I make it according to the instructions of my rice cooker. Since I meal plan I know I need to cook it the day before to dry out. It always works well for me.
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I always use the left over rice.

Then I would switch the order. I like frying the rice first.

I hope I have old rice in the fridge because I want fried rice now.
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