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Chinese Olive Fried Rice -
This fried rice recipe has a different twist from more common fried rice because of the flavor of the olives. The Chinese olives taste quite different from Mediterranean style olives. In Thailand, the olives are imported from China, thus make them relatively expensive. So the Chinese olive fried rice is not so common that you would find it in any restaurants. Unlike other common fried rice, there is no egg in Chinese olive fried rice.

Prep Time:
 15 min
       Ingredients How to?

  •  10 chopped salty Chinese olives
  •  10-15 sprigs chopped cilantro
  •  3 cups cooked rice
  •  2-3 cloves minced garlic
  •  1/2 cup ground pork
  •  3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  •  1 wedge lime Optional
  •  sliced cucumber Optional
  •  1 teaspoon fish sauce Optional

    Tips and Techniques:
    You can substitute ground chicken or turkey for the ground pork. The key to cooking great fried rice is the temperature of the wok. As ingredients get added, the wok cools a little. So add a little at a time. Keep the wok on high heat at all times.
  •  There are two steps in making fried rice. First cook the rice then stir fried the rice with seasonings. If you have leftover rice that is not too mushy, that works well too. The keys to making great fried rice are drier rice and retaining high heat while cooking. So, cook your rice with less water than normal.
  •  Pit the olives. The pit should just slide off easily. Chop the olives into small pieces.
  •  Prepare your rice by fluffing it. If your rice is cold, heat it up in microwave, and then fluff it. Super hot rice doesn't work well for fried rice. But somewhat warm is great because cool rice will rob the heat from the wok.
  •  Over medium heat, add oil to a wok. Quickly add chopped garlic and stir. Add ground pork and chopped Chinese olives. At this point, the wok cools off a little. Stir the mixture. If there is a lot of juice coming out from the pork, keep stirring until the juice is gone. This will give the wok a chance to get hotter again.
  •  When the pork is cooked, add rice and stir. Gently break up small clumps of rice with the back of your spatula to coat it with the olives. Your rice will turn purplish at this point.
  •  Taste and see if the fried rice is not too salty. If it is too salty, add more rice. Conversely you can also add more fish sauce.
  • Put the fried rice in a plate. Sprinkle the chopped cilantro on top. Add a wedge of lime and cucumber on the side. Serve with pepper lime fish sauce if you like it hot.
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