Successful rice cooking is essential for Chinese meals. Fried rice is very popular in the west, but it is not served in restaurants in China, and rarely in the home.
There are many different methods for cooking rice, but one of the most important things to remember is to wash the rice thoroughly before cooking, this helps to prevent the grains of rice from sticking together during cooking.
In this fried rice Chinese recipe, you need 2 cups (350g) of long grain rice, 4 eggs (beaten), 2 minced garlic cloves (optional), 2 spring onions, sliced (optional), 2-3 tablespoons dark soy sauce, 3 tablespoons oil, 4 cups of water, and pepper.
First, you need to wash the rice thoroughly under cold running water, then soak in cold water for about 30 minutes. And place the rice in a pan with 4 cups of water, bring the rice to the boil, wait the liquid almost absorbed, cover and simmer in very gently heat for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, turn off the heat, remove the lid to let the steam out and set the rice aside. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a wok, pour the eggs into the wok, stir gently until the eggs is set, transfer it to a bowl and set aside.
Add 1 tablespoon oil back to the wok, then add the spring onions (green onions) and minced garlic to fry for a few second if using. Add the rice, cooked eggs into the wok, and pour 2-3 tablespoons dark soy sauce over the rice, mix well and heat through over a medium heat. Season with some black pepper and serve hot.