Sriracha egg fried rice is a good pick for anybody who is on vegetarian diet. If you're a lacto-ovo-vegetarian or ovo-vegetarian then this fried rice is for you. A perfect get away from a traditional vegetable fried rice.
Let take advantage of the amazing Sriracha with this Sriracha egg fried rice. I must say Sriracha is the invention of the century. Everywhere you go now, there is a Sriracha bottle on the table if not on a counter top. The sauce is proudly made in USA, better yet it is Kosher certified and gluten free. I happen to love Sriracha a lot. There was time when I technically put Sriracha in everything I ate. From Pho to fried rice, you name it.
My love for Sriracha is so big that's why I started my cooking journey with this wonderful spicy sauce here and there. In fact, this recipe is not the first one. My other invention is Sriracha char siu chicken. You can find all the good things loaded in one recipe: lips smacking, sticky fingers, awesome sweetness and a right amount of spiciness. Those together has helped bringing the grilled chicken's flavor profile to the top.
Back to this awesome fried rice recipe. Aforementioned, this is a lacto-ovo or ovo vegetarian friendly. If you've ever wondered what are those, hang on I'll explain more below. Lately, vegetarianism has become more mainstream. I am not a full time vegetarian (yet), but I practice this healthy diet once a while when time and other factors around me allow. Speaking of which I was very surprised after I did more research about this vegetarian diets.
Variations of vegetarian diet
How many types of vegetarian are there? Well, quite a few I must say. A person who follows a vegetarian diet can be any of the following:
- Vegan - A vegan eats no meat, fish, poultry or any animal-by product like milk, cheese, egg, honey, and gelatin.
- Raw foodist (living foodist) - in my opinion, this is the strictest diet out of all the diets. It is a vegan who only eats raw, unprocessed plant products. Weird isn't it? You can read more about this diet benefit here.
- Fruitarian - A person who eats only fruits, nuts, seeds and other plant products if and only if they are not harming the plants. Some people on this diet only eat plant matter that has already fallen off the plant. But don't get too crazy with this diet, it may get you hospitalized with pancreatic problem.
- Ovo-vegetarian - A vegetarian who eats eggs but not dairy products.
- Lacto-ovo-vegetarian - An interchangeable term with vegetarian. A person who ears plant product as well as dairy products and eggs. This diet is one of the most famous of vegetarian diet.
- Lacto-vegetarian - A vegetarian who eats dairy products but not eggs.
That said, this recipe is a perfect fit for a lacto-ovo-vegetrain or ovo-vegetarian.
How to make good fried rice?
There is no secret when it comes to making good fried rice.
First, you need to understand your rice. And by understand I mean the rice texture. There are rice which become very moist and soft after finished cooking. But we don't really want that kind of rice for fried rice. What we need is rice that yield a little bit dry texture. These rice are often cheaper compared to those soft, moist and fluffy one. If you're not sure which one to pick, typically long grain rice is drier than short grain rice. So I was you I would go for long grain rice if you really want a home-cook-restaurant-style fried rice.
Second, you need old rice not fresh rice. Just use your left over rice or cook one batch a day before. Then put your cooked rice in the fridge and use them the day after to achieve such flawless fried rice.
Third, a right cooking equipment. You want good fried rice, or technically any good stir fry, saute, sauce? Buy a good wok. With their round bottoms and curved sides diffuse heat and make it easy to toss or stir contents. Wok is your best friend for any kind of cooking. I have both version cast iron wok and hard anodized non-stick wok at home. Loving them. Invest in one, and you won't really need to buy another piece cookware anymore.
Key ingredients to make this Sriracha egg fried rice
- Sriracha and egg - obviously. Buy a big bottle 28 oz of Sriracha, then you should be good for at least 2 months.
- Ketchup - to give this recipe a boost of flavor and color.
- Sweet soy sauce - my secret ingredient to make everything taste better (and look better). I've been using sweet soy sauce from ABC brand for years and nothing else can top this wonderful ingredient.
- Light soy - to balance out the sweetness and saltiness.
The sauce in this recipe is supposed to taste a little bit salty and spicy BEFORE mixing together with fried rice. So don't be panic if you taste it in advance. Together with rice and other ingredients, the flavor will be balanced out perfectly.
Sriracha Egg Fried Rice
- A wok or sauteed pan
- 5 c cooked rice 1 day old
- 2 medium eggs
- 5 cloves garlic minced
- 1 medium carrot cut into small cubes
- 3 sprigs green onion chopped, for garnish
- vegetable oil as needed
- 1.2 tbsp sweet soy sauce
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp sriracha
- 5 tbsp water
- In a small mixing bowl, combine all sauce ingredients and mix well. Set aside.
- In another small mixing bowl, break 2 eggs, add a dash of salt, mix well. Set aside.
- Fill 3 cups of water in a wok, bring to boil then add cubes of carrot and blanch for few minutes. Take them out, set aside. Discard water and use paper towel to dry the inside of the wok.
- Add couple of tbsp of vegetable oil into a wok. Work in small batch, pour about ¼ c of beaten into the work to fry. Then cut fried egg into long strip. Set aside.
- Add 4-5 tbsp of vegetable oil into a wok. Wait until the wok hot enough and the oil just started to have little smoke. Add garlic and stir fry for couple of minutes. Then add cooked rice in (you can work in small batch if you want).
- Stir and give the wok afew shake, continue cooking the rice on high heat for 5 minutes. Then add the sauce enough to coat the rice completely.
- Add blanched carrot. Taste. If it needs more saltiness, add more sauce. If not, give it a few more shake, then turn off the heat
- On a plate, scoop out fried rice, topped with long strips of fried egg and green onion. Enjoy!