Blistered Green Bean Fried Rice

My current favorite meal! Via Serious Eats.

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  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 cups cooked white or jasmine rice (12 ounces; 350g) (see note below)
  • 1/2 pound (225g) green beans, trimmed and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced (1 ounce; 30g)
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons; 5g)
  • 1 to 3 Thai bird chilies (adjust according to taste), thinly sliced, plus more for serving [I buy a big pack of thai chilies from my local asian food store, then freeze all the extras on a baking sheet and just pull them out the freeze when needed. You don’t even need to defrost them!]
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) Asian fish sauce, plus more for serving
  • 1 large egg
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 ounce (30g) roughly torn Thai or sweet Italian basil leaves
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • Sugar, to taste
  • 1 lime, cut into 4 wedges, for serving
  • 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced, for serving
  1. If using day-old rice, transfer to a medium bowl and break rice up with your hands into individual grains before proceeding. Heat 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large wok over high heat until smoking. Add half of rice and cook, stirring and tossing, until rice is pale brown, toasted, and has a lightly chewy texture, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl. Repeat with another 1/2 tablespoon oil and remaining rice.
  2. Add 1/2 tablespoon oil to now-empty wok and heat over high heat until smoking. Add green beans and cook, stirring and tossing occasionally, until deeply blistered and charred. Add scallions, garlic, and chilies and cook, stirring and tossing constantly, until aromatic, about 30 seconds.
  3. Return rice to wok. Add soy sauce and fish sauce and toss to combine.
  4. Push rice to the side of wok and add remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil. Break egg into oil and season with a little salt. Use a spatula to scramble egg, breaking it up into small bits. Toss egg and rice together.
  5. Stir in basil leaves. Season to taste with salt, white pepper, and sugar, and serve immediately with lime, cucumber, and extra fish sauce and sliced chilies if desired.

     

Notes:

For best results, use Chinese-style medium-grain rice, jasmine rice, or sushi rice. Rice should either be cooked fresh, spread on a tray, and allowed to cool for 5 minutes, or, alternatively, transferred to a loosely covered container and refrigerated for at least 12 hours and up to 3 days.

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