Roast pork and cabbage fried rice

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Most leftovers in our house end up as Oriental style fried rice. The thick slices of roast pork that had been sitting in the fridge for a couple of days were no exception. With eggs, shredded cabbage, finely chopped red bell pepper and carrot, I cooked this roast pork and cabbage fried rice for my daughters’ packed school lunch today. It’s a complete meal with meat, vegetables and rice. For recess, I packed some potato salad accompanied by store-bought cheese bread.

I don’t know what it is about Oriental style fried rice that makes it such a treat. Perhaps, it’s the wonderful play of colors and textures. Perhaps, it’s the burst of contrasting and complementing aromas as the dish cooks. For whatever reason, Oriental style fried rice is such a comfort food for me. I so enjoyed cooking this morning that the school bus had arrived before I was through packing the lunch boxes. I had to ask my hubby to drop them off to school on his way to the office.

What went into the fried rice? Nothing fancy, really. All very basic ingredients. Because the roast pork is already very flavorful having been rubbed with lots of fresh herbs, I seasoned the fried rice with salt and pepper only.

Ingredients :

cold roast pork, as much as you please
1/4 head of cabbage, cored and shredded
1 onion, finely sliced
1/2 carrot, peeled and chopped
1 red bell pepper, cored, deveined and chopped
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
2 cups of cold cooked rice
2 eggs, beaten
salt
freshly ground pepper
3-4 tbsps. of vegetable cooking oil

Cooking procedure :

Cut the cold pork into half-inch cubes.

Heat the cooking oil in a frying pan or wok. Add the pork, cook until reheated then throw in the vegetables. Stir fry (over very high heat, naturally) for a couple of minutes. Add the rice and season with salt and pepper.

Cook, stirring, until the rice is heated through. Then, make a well in the center and pour in the beaten eggs. Let the eggs cook without letting the rice and vegetables get mixed in, stirring often, until firm but still moist. Toss everything together until the eggs are cooked through.

To make sure that the fried rice won’t get watery inside the lunch box, make sure that the eggs are cooked thoroughly. If in doubt, you can always fry the eggs separately then chop them before stirring into the rice mixture.

Taste the fried rice and add more salt and pepper, if you think that’s necessary.

What can be simpler than that, eh? Note that you can always substitute vegetables of your choice. Crisp chicharo (snap peas), broccoli or cauliflower florets, togue (mung bean sprouts) and onion leaves are only a few possibilities. You can add sliced mushrooms too of whatever variety — white button, oyster, straw, shiitake… whatever strikes your fancy.

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Comments

  1. Rey says

    It seems you have not tried yet using the kecap manis for your fried rice. Just a dash of it (maybe one or two teaspoonful) willl make a difference both in taste and color.

  2. says

    omg that is soo awesome i wish i could have some whenever i want to.

    i never had filipino foodz for liek a month.

    do u have any clue how much that sux?

  3. melisa says

    We are all fried rice lovers in the family so kapag magsasaing for dinner, I deliberately cook more para may pang fried rice kami the next day. And with fried rice I was able to make my husband eat veggies na di nya kinakain. Like kangkong and camote tops. Kinakain nya lang ‘tong mga to kapag nasa sinigang. Unlike me na kahit boiled lang kinakain ko. So what I do is chop these and add it with our fried rice. Thanks po for this new recipe. At least dumarami yung variation ng fried rice namin. Thanks po uli and more power!

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