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
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
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
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