Another lucky thing was that the menu card had the English names and I immediately ordered Chinese fried rice.Little did I know what would land on my table.After half an hour the dishes arrived and I was shocked.It was Chinese fried rice all right but with scrambled eggs and shrimp and something small and pink[which I later found out to be pork!].
In India Chinese fried rice has a vegetarian option and I totally forgot the fact that I should have informed them that I was a vegetarian before I ordered the dish.Anyways,I told the waitress that I was a vegetarian and she looked at me like I had told her something that should not be told.So I explained that I don't eat meat.She nodded and took the dish away and in a few minutes came back with the same plate minus the pork!So again I had to explain that I don't eat eggs and shrimp so off she went again to remove the 'offenders'.After all this I was in no mood to order rice / noodles and ended up having a large serving of french fries and a banana split.
That was just the beginning of my ordeal of my 'eating out experience'.Everywhere I went,they were happy to remove the non vegetarian stuffs and bring back the same dish.How did they imagine I would eat the same dish even if they had moved the pieces of pork and mutton.
I have now learnt how to order food outside and still give a big list of stuffs I don't like to eat and yet today I found pieces of pork in the otherwise delicious looking Stir fried noodles!Such being the case I rarely go to any new restaurant.The places I go regularly know my preferences and serve me accordingly.
So why am I telling all this,you might wonder.I used to try Chinese fried rice in Indian restaurants and wanted to taste the authentic recipe here but I did not get lucky.So here is my own interpretation of the famous Chinese fried rice.
In the oriental style of cooking,vegetables are stir-fried with oil on high heat and they still maintain the crunch.I love this fact and have used it in this recipe.
Cooked rice -2 cups,grains seperate
Capsicum -1,finely chopped
Boiled edmame-1/4 cup
Sprouted lentils-a handful[I used sprouted green gram and horsegram]
Ginger garlic paste-1 teaspoon
Soya sauce-1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Spring onions,chopped to garnish
- Heat the oil in a wok on high heat add the ginger garlic paste.
- Stir once and immediately add the onion and saute.
- Add the onion,capsicum and stir for a couple of seconds,
- Add the sprouts,edmame and the soya sauce.
- Keep stirring continuously for a minute and add the cooked rice and lower the flame.
- Check for salt and add a little.The soy sauce will have some salt so check before adding.
- Stir and cook for a minute for the flavors to blend.Remove from flame and serve hot garnished with spring onions.
I am satisfied with my version of Chinese fried rice and I sincerely hope that one day I would get to taste the real , authentic ,vegetarian version of this famous rice,so until then I am going to stick to this method.The next time I prepare this version I have planned to add scrambled tofu / Tofu bhurji to give it more texture and color.