Month: January 2016

Fried Rice without Normal Taste Buds

Fried Rice
I recently brought Mama Pham’s Fried Rice to a brunch with some friends. Someone requested the recipe because THE FRIED RICE IS DELICIOUS, so I thought I’d post the totally ambiguous recipe here too. Cooking for others has greatly helped my mom during her recovery process, and despite not having working taste buds because of treatment plans the last two years, her cooking experience alone has allowed her to continue making delicious dishes. I happily do the final taste test before sharing with others, although we rarely need to make adjustments. Happy Cooking!

Mama Pham’s Fried Rice

Warning: definitely not a science, and totally ambiguous! Nothing is exact in our house, mostly made with love, and recipes are a dash of this and a little of that. Fried rice is the dish we usually make with leftovers in the home. My mom no longer has working taste buds due to radiation (they’ll return one day!), so I find it rather impressive that her final products are still always so great.

Ingredients:
Onion
Any combination of: chicken, pork, chinese sausage (many different brands)
Eggs
Carrots
Peas
Rice
Salt
Pepper
Sugar
Oyster Sauce
Soy Sauce or Seasoning Sauce – We use Seasoning Sauce usually.
Sesame Oil

Method:
THE ONION!
About 1/4 onion (yellow or white) chopped
Sauté in preferred oil (olive or canola) until lucent
Keep medium to medium low heat

ADD THE PRE-COOKED MEATS!
Any number of the following meats (or no meat!):
Left over cooked Chicken chopped
Boiled Pork chopped
Xa Xiu – Roast Pork – Roast Pork
Lap Xuong  (most common) – you can find this at any Ranch 99 or Asian store. Almost all fried rice dishes have this.

ADD THE EGG
Mix together about four eggs, don’t need to be mixed thoroughly. Cook into a pancake like shape. When done cooking, cut this up into small bits. You can also scramble your egg, but we don’t like that consistency as much in my fried rice. Too mushy.

ADD THE VEGGIES
Frozen or fresh. Thaw and heat before putting into fried rice. Make sure no liquids remain, or else rice will be soggy:
Carrots – 1/2 cup – more or less as you desire
Peas – 1/2 cup – more or less as you desire

ADD THE RICE!
Day old jasmine rice is best. New rice works too but is usually a little too mushy. Adjust depending on how much rice you have left or how many people you want to serve. For Rebel Alliance breakfast, we used 6 cups of cooked rice.

ADD THE FLAVORS!
dash Salt
dash Sugar
dash Pepper
Soy Sauce or Seasoning Sauce  (2 tablespoons)
Sesame Oil (1 teaspoon)
Oyster Sauce (1 tablespoon)

Keep on low fire and continue to toss until you are happy with the consistency and dryness of the fried rice.

Happy Cooking!

Happy New Year!

2015 for us was a year of Leukemia relapse, more treatment, new hospitals, new doctors, testing new treatments, and finally the joyful news of another round of cancer-free remission!

Cheers to more joyful days for all, continued support, figuring out how to make health data interoperability happen, getting our health data back, continued world wide collaboration and knowledge sharing, and the defeat of cancer.