Serves 4 to 6 people, depending on the size of your people.
You will need…
3 cups of raw Jasmine rice plus water to cook it in
1 bag of large carrots
2 heads of broccoli or 1 package of mushrooms
Several cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
5 scallions, white parts thinly sliced, green parts in larger slices
1 tbsp chili garlic sauce
2 tsp sugar in the raw
Juice of 4 limes, or ¼ cup of orange juice
Olive oil and lots of salt
Cook the rice according to the package directions. Peel the carrots and thinly slice them on an angle. Cut broccoli into florets and steam for 3 minutes just to soften. If using mushrooms, clean them and slice them into thin slices. Chop garlic into small pieces and slice scallions. Because the white parts cook more slowly than the green parts, cut thin slices of the white parts, and larger slices of the green parts.
Cool the rice for a couple of minutes while you begin sautéing the other components:
Start by cooking the carrots and mushrooms in a very generous amount of good-quality olive oil over medium heat for several minutes until they begin to soften. Salt generously. Then add the scallions. Cook for several more minutes. You want the carrots to be at least part of the way cooked through before you add any other components.
Next, add the rice and the garlic and stir so the rice soaks up plenty of the oil as well. Add more salt, because the secret to fried rice is in the salt 😉 and in using plenty of oil! Cook several minutes, tasting it to make sure the carrots are cooked through. When the carrots are just about cooked through, add the broccoli and the sauce.
For the sauce: squeeze the limes or pour the orange juice over the pan, add in the chili garlic sauce, and sprinkle over the sugar to balance the heat. Then stir to combine. Cook about 3 more minutes until the sauce has really been absorbed by the components of the fried rice and has gotten a chance to perfume the whole dish with its tang and heat. Taste and adjust the salt, sugar, or chili garlic sauce as needed.
Enjoy with chicken, steak, scrambled eggs, pork belly, fish sticks, or whatever your heart desires! BUON APPETITO!