Saturday, May 23, 2009
Easy Lazy Summer Lunch
The inspiration for this rice comes from my favorite Chinese restaurant. When I go to China Gate, I frequently order their corn and mushroom fried rice. I also order a vegetable side dish to go with it, because that's what you do when you eat out. But really, the rice is so good that I can eat it on its own.
Which is what I did this lazy summer afternoon. I didn't have any mushrooms in the fridge, but I did have spring onions. So I washed 1/2 cup of rice and soaked it for 15-20 minutes. In the meantime, I chopped 2 spring onions, greens and all. Took out a large handful of fresh corn. Finely chopped a garlic clove. The rest is easy.
Heat a tsp of oil in a pan. Add garlic and the white bits of the onion. Stir for a minute or so until lightly browned. Add the green parts of onion and corn, then stir for a few seconds and add the rice. Add roughly 1/4 tsp each of salt and black pepper - or more, or less - it's hard to say when it comes to salt. Mix well, then add 1 1/4 cup water (or as much as your rice package says). Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Allow to rest for another 15 minutes (and no, don't peak or the steam will escape).