*Fried rice is such a quick classic home cooked dish which is perfect for using up leftovers. This version uses tomato that flavours the rice beautifully and best of all the cooking time is short and that includes the egg netting on top. It's a delicious meal in one on your table in less than 30 minutes! *
Even as a child, my favourite time of the week was the weekend. I never really looked forward to school, I always felt as though there was something else out there although when I was small, I never really knew what it was. But for me, school was a drudgery but a necessary one.
Still, I would sit in wait for weekends ready to pounce like a cat. Because every Saturday when we were growing up, my mother would make fried rice. There was always rice left over because my father has a fixation on rice. I've mentioned before how particular he is about it. He once visited me when I lived in Japan and left the country because he didn't like the rice. That is 100% true. So growing up, he would always make plenty of rice for dinner (and only he would make it) and as a result by the end of the week we would have a lot leftover. The best part of fried rice was of course the layer of crunchy rice stuck to the bottom of the pan. I would always get this because I was the oldest much to the disappointment of my younger sister.
Most of you know that you need day old rice to make fried rice and this is to ensure that it doesn't get too goopy or gluggy. But it was when I put up a picture of a tomato tarte tatin made when I bought a glut of tomatoes for tomato sauce that a follower asked if I had made tomato rice. I've had Vietnamese tomato rice, that fabulous take on regular rice but I had never made it myself.
I decided to make a hybrid of the Vietnamese tomato rice and Chinese fried rice (hence the generic "Asian" title). When I put the tomato mixture into the rice I thought that it looked absolutely awful and was about to pack it all in and take something else out of the freezer instead. But once you keep turning and turning and cooking the rice and add seasonings it really is something delicious and transforms from a pale, watery mix to a full flavoured dish that you can serve on its own. And all in under 30 minutes too!
So tell me Dear Reader, do you order fried rice or steamed rice when you eat out? And are you the eldest, youngest or middle child in your family?