what to do with left over rice

I dream of left over rice because it is the only way you can really make fried rice. Freshly made rice is too soft and damp, so if you use it for fried rice it does not have the correct texture. The left over rice should be dry and chewy to be perfect for it’s next life as fried rice!


  • 2 cups left over rice
  • 1/4 diced onion
  • 2 bacon strips cut up into bits or 1 piece cut up baked tofu or 2 vegetarian sausages cut up
  • 1 bunch of green onions sliced into thin rings
  • 2 eggs
  • 2-3 tablespoons soy sauce
  1. So first fry up some diced onions in a frying pan with a light cooking oil, not heavy like olive oil and set these aside. 
  2. Fry up bacon which has been cut up into small bits. If you do not like bacon you can fry up some baked tofu or vegetarian sausage, either cut up into small slices. Set aside the protein in a small bowl with the onions.
  3. Slice up green onions into small rings and set aside in another small bowl.
  4. Now for the rice. Heat up the oil in a deep frying pan. Put in the rice and stir it around till it gets hot. Splash in some soy sauce – about 2 splashes spaced throughout the cooking – but be careful not to put in too much. The rice should take on a light brown color. Taste test the rice to make sure it is not too salty or if it needs more soy sauce.
  5. Now here is a trick I learned from a friend to save time and dishes. He came from a family of Chinese restaurateurs. Move the rice to one side of the pan. On the other side of the pan break 2 eggs and stir them until they are scrambled and cooked and fluffy over medium heat.
  6. Now mix the scrambled eggs into the rice and add the fried onions, protein. Mix it all up over medium heat.
  7. Turn off the heat and sprinkle in the fresh sliced green onion rings and stir.

That’s it! Now if you want to sprinkle on cayenne pepper to spice it up. You can also add other veggies when you cook up the onions in the beginning – for lunch yesterday I added in diced zucchini and it was great!


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