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Authentic Fried Rice

Claire Stabbert - Columnist
Posted 12/3/20

My little brother, Andrew Stabbert, is not only an intelligent Penn State grad, he can also whip up a few signature dishes when he feels like it. It wasn't until he came home due to Covid …

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Authentic Fried Rice

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My little brother, Andrew Stabbert, is not only an intelligent Penn State grad, he can also whip up a few signature dishes when he feels like it. It wasn't until he came home due to Covid restrictions at State College that I had the pleasure of trying his famous fried rice.

Andrew is a world traveler and has studied in China briefly, while also living with students from China. It was there that he learned how to make the most flavorful fried rice I have ever tasted and I often beg for him to make it when I get the chance to see him. The key, he says, is to use at least day old rice. I've noticed it gives the rice great texture to the dish.

To make the perfect fried rice for any side dish or main, you will need day old cooked rice (about 2+ cups), diced fresh or frozen veggies into small bites (Andrew uses peas, carrots, onions, and snap peas), 1 tablespoon of sesame oil (or any oil you have on hand), 2-3 oz of soy sauce, teriyaki, and any other asian sauces you may have (I'm sorry this is not specific), and 2 eggs.

Andrew begins by cooking his rice a day or two before the fried rice is cooked. For two cups of rice, he adds 4 cups of water. Next, dice your veggies into small bites, the more the better. Feel free to also add vegetables such as sweet potatoes, mushrooms, or anything in season.

Put sesame oil into a pan and add your veggies, cooking them down for 5-10 minutes over medium heat. Next, add your day old rice and raise heat while stirring. Add a few oz of soy sauce, teriyaki, and whatever other sauces or spices you like. (This would be a great time to add a dash of siracha for some heat!)

Finally, he adds 2-3 eggs and continually chops the rice until the eggs are fried and cooked through (2-3 minutes). This is a wonderful side, or add some pieces of chopped chicken to make a complete meal!

It's great for lunches the next day as well and it's something I continually crave when I think about it! Andrew not only learned his engineering skill set, but became a decent cook while living at college as well!

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