One recipe equals two dishes. It’s the toppings for this 10-minute breakfast fried rice that varies. SPAM for carnivores; fish and furikake for non-meat eaters.
Right. When there are three carnivores and one non-meat eater in the family, you just have to get creative with the cooking. Which means you don’t always have to cook two dishes to make everyone happy.
The basic fried rice recipe has everything that veggie lovers adore and no ingredient that vegetarians wouldn’t touch. Carrot, corn, peas, eggs… An ovo-vegetarian‘s dream, no doubt, but ditch the egg if feeding vegans. And to shorten the cooking time without sacrificing on flavor, fried shallots and garlic that you can buy in packs at the grocery. For those living outside Asia, that would be Asian groceries or the Asian aisle of groceries and supermarkets.
But the toppings?
For the first version, there’s fried cubed SPAM. Or any luncheon meat, for that matter. The brand doesn’t really matter.
For the no-meat version, the topping is a mixture of crispy fish, peanuts and dried seaweeds. You don’t need to buy them separately. They come in single serve packs with everything in them. Available at Japanese groceries and stores. Daiso. We got ours at Daiso.
Okay… the recipe. With a video.
- Heat the cooking oil in a pan.
- Stir fry the carrot for half a minute.
- Add the corn and stir fry for another half a minute.
- Throw in the peas.
- Season with salt and pepper. Stir fry for another half a minute.
- Push the vegetables to the edges of the pan and crack two eggs at the center. Stir the eggs. Season with salt and pepper.
- When the eggs are firm, add the rice and stir fry for a minute.
- Add the fried shallots and garlic, and sprinkle in more salt and pepper. Continue stir frying for another half a minute or just until the rice is heated through.
- Ladle the fried rice into bowls and add your preferred toppings.