Classic Thai Fried Rice

How To Make Fried Rice

Wanderlust- a strong desire to wander, to travel and to explore the world.

I’ve got the bug… and a killer “vintage ASP” Thai Fried Rice Recipe for you today, pulled out of the shadows for new friends.

Early on, I felt a strong yearning to learn, and explore. I had a need to be a part of something bigger than myself. This desire was subdued by traveling every summer, to some far away place with other teens ridden by wanderlust and passion.

One of my favorite trips was to Thailand. I was fifteen years old, and spent a sweaty summer meeting new people and exploring cultural differences in a land of extreme contrast. A dirty, smog-filled urban jungle surrounded by lush miles of rain forests and wildlife.

Thai Fried Rice

The small hotel we lived in most of the summer sat on a bustling side-street in Bangkok, and had all the charm (and roaches) a developing nation can offer.  The breakfast they served us most mornings, Thai Fried Rice, is forever etched in my mind. The ingredients varied, but mostly involved chicken, peas, onion and pineapple. There was an underlying essence of coconut and something else I couldn’t put my finger on at the time. They served the fried rice in a perfectly-shaped dense mound that was created by packing it into a bowl and flipping it onto the dish. Although others found this tiresome, I was always delighted to eat Thai fried rice for breakfast!

I have spent a substantial amount of time learning how to make fried rice and trying to recreate this Thai fried rice recipe from memory. That unknown flavor I couldn’t distinguish as a teen was curry powder! Just a touch of curry separates Thai fried rice from other Asian varieties.

Although I never make fried rice for breakfast, I always secretly hope there will be leftovers in the morning!

This fried rice recipe is very quick and easy to prepare. Once you chop and prep all the ingredients, it just takes minutes to cook.

How to make fried rice:

If your ginger has a thick bumpy skin, peel it with a veggie peeler or spoon. If the skin is soft and smooth–don’t bother!

Precook the jasmine rice—substituting 1 can of coconut milk as part of the water. The most important thing to remember in any good fried rice recipe, is that COLD RICE creates a better texture. Cook your rice, then chill it before using. I usually cook my rice a day ahead.

Heat the skillet and oil to high heat. When the oil begins to smoke, add the chicken and curry powder and cook 2 minutes—moving it around the pan.

Add the white onions to the pan and cook another minute. Add the ginger and garlic along with a couple pinches of salt and cook 1 more minute.

Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan if needed, followed by the cooked rice. Stir well.

Add the peas, pineapple, green onions and cilantro and stir again. Squeeze the lime juice over the rice and add the soy sauce to taste. Stir another minute or two, until the peas have warmed through.

Meanwhile, whisk the eggs in a small bowl with a pinch of salt. Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium-high. Swirl the eggs around the skillet, gently pushing them toward the middle. The eggs should cook through, but to stay in a large circle—about 3-5 minutes. Slide them out of the pan onto a cutting board. Roll the egg into a cylinder and cut ¼ inch slices.

To plate: Use a small bowl (1 cup) and fill it with fried rice. Place a plate up-side-down over the bowl and carefully flip it over. Remove the bowl to create a perfectly-shaped mound. Top the mound with several egg spirals and place tomatoes, cucumbers and a lime wedge around the mound. Serve warm.

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Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Thai Fried Rice

Ingredients:

4 cups cooked jasmine rice (about 1 ½ cups dry)
1 coconut sweetened coconut milk
Peanut oil
1 lb. chicken (could use shrimp or pork)
1 tsp. curry powder
1 bunch green onion, chopped and separated into greens and whites/light greens
1 ½ Tb. fresh minced ginger
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup fresh chopped pineapple (or canned pineapple tidbits)
1/3 cup chopped cilantro or basil
½ lime, juiced
1-3 Tb. soy sauce
4 eggs
Tomato wedges, sliced cucumber and lime wedges for garnish

Directions:

Precook the jasmine rice according to package instructions—substituting 1 can of coconut milk as part of the water. (Pour the coconut milk into the measuring pitcher, then fill it to 3 cups, for 1 ½ cups dried rice.) Once cooked chill in the fridge to firm up.

Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces. Add 2 Tb. of oil to a large skillet or wok. Heat the skillet to high heat. When the oil begins to smoke, add the chicken and curry powder and cook 2 minutes—moving it around the pan.

Add the white onions into the pan and cook another minute. Add the ginger and garlic along with a couple pinches of salt —and cook 1 more minute.

Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan if needed, followed by the cooked rice. Stir well.

Add the peas, pineapple, green onions and cilantro and stir again. Squeeze the lime juice over the rice and add the soy sauce to taste. Stir and cook another minute or two, until the peas have warmed through.

Meanwhile, whisk the eggs in a small bowl with a pinch of salt. Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium-high. Spray the skillet with cooking spray and add the eggs. Swirl them around the skillet, gently pushing them toward the middle. The eggs should cook through, but to stay in a large circle—about 3-5 minutes. Slide them out of the pan onto a cutting board.

Roll the egg into a long cylinder and cut ¼ inch slices.

To plate: Use a small bowl (1 cup) and fill it with fried rice. Place a plate up-side-down over the bowl and carefully flip it over. Remove the bowl to create a perfectly-shaped mound. Top the mound with several egg spirals and place tomatoes, cucumbers and a lime wedge around the mound. Serve warm.

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68 Responses to “Classic Thai Fried Rice”

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    Skylar — July 12, 2011 @ 6:56 pm

    This looks amazing, I love that you kept in the little rolled egg, that’s always my favorite part of a traditional Thai rice. Thanks for sharing

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    Juanita — July 13, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    Jasmine rice and ginger are so special together. Add in coconut milk and the dish becomes addictive!

    I love your travel story and the photo styling. Nicely done :-)

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    Fresh and Foodie — July 13, 2011 @ 9:55 am

    Yum. You can’t go wrong w/ fried rice. Great story, too.

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — July 14, 2011 @ 7:31 am

    Oh my word this looks amazing. I would have a hard time not eating the whole dish! YUM!!! :)

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    Skinny Fat Kid — July 14, 2011 @ 10:51 am

    I love making fried rice but have never tried Thai Fried rice. Will need to try this out (minus the peanut oil of course!)

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — July 14, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

    Love fried rice! Love what you did with the eggs here, so pretty! I made strawberry raspberry jelly this week using your strawberry chipotle recipe as a guide – yummy!

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    Jeanette — July 16, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

    Sommer, your story reminds me of the fried rice I had for breakfast when I was in Singapore and Bali years ago (nasi goreng). A Filipino childhood friend’s mom also made her garlic fried rice for breakfast that is still etched in my mind.

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — July 18, 2011 @ 7:16 am

    I love this recipe!! What a great weeknight meal!

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    lightfl — July 22, 2011 @ 2:45 am

    hi great effort and nice pic, have you left out the chilies ?

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    foodies at home — July 27, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

    Oh my gosh! Your eggs are awesome and so cute! I’m going to have to try this! Plus my husband LOVES fried rice!

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    ellemarie — August 5, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

    i feel hungry.. :-O

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    Steve Cylka — August 18, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    wow, this looks realy tasty. I love Thai food – I will have to try it!

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    foodlvr — September 4, 2011 @ 10:28 pm

    This looks so good. I know galangal is hard to come by locally for most people so they sub Ginger. If u Dan get it, that is what would make it taste even more authentic. Otherwise this looks amazing

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    maggie P — March 2, 2012 @ 1:51 am

    I hovered over the special fried rice at my local thai when they made it because — like this one– it’s delicious. I add fish sauce to the recipe and Chinese sausage which I render a little bit first! I believe it’s called Lap Chong and it’s vacuum packed in Asian stores – very easy to find!

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