Fried Rice with Ham
This dish, which can be served as a side or an entrée, is from a recipe in Mastering the Art of Chinese Cooking by Eileen Yin-Fei Lo (Chronicle Books, 2009); we’ve found it works well with country ham.
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FOR THE MARINADE:
2 tsp. oyster sauce
1 tsp. light soy sauce
2 tsp. rice wine
1 1/2 tsp. sesame oil
1 1" piece ginger, peeled and grated
3/4 tsp. sugar
1/2 lb. large shrimp (about 8),
peeled, deveined, and quartered
FOR THE SAUCE:
2 tbsp. oyster sauce
1 1/2 tbsp. light soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp. rice wine
1 tbsp. sesame oil
2 tsp. sugar
FOR THE RICE:
6 cups cooked rice, at room temperature
5 tbsp. peanut oil
5 eggs, beaten with 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
3/4 cup finely chopped country ham
5 scallions, thinly sliced diagonally
1. Marinate the shrimp: Combine oyster sauce, soy sauce, rice wine, sesame oil, ginger, and sugar in a medium bowl. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside to let rest at room temperature for 20 minutes.
2. Make the sauce: Combine oyster sauce, soy sauce, rice wine, sesame oil, and sugar in a small bowl; set sauce aside.
3. Make the rice: Put rice into a bowl and use your hands to break up any clumps; set aside. Heat a wok or a 12" nonstick skillet over high heat until hot. Add 1 tbsp. oil and swirl to coat cooking surface. When oil begins to smoke slightly, add the eggs and stir vigorously to scramble until eggs are medium firm, about 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer eggs to a plate and cut into small pieces; set aside.
4. Wipe out wok or skillet with a dry towel. Heat over high heat until hot. Add 2 tbsp. oil and swirl to coat cooking surface. Drain shrimp, discarding marinade. Add shrimp in a single layer and cook, flipping once, until pink, about 2 minutes. Add ham and stir-fry for 1 minute. Transfer shrimp and ham to a plate and return the wok or skillet to the heat. Add remaining 2 tbsp. oil to pan, swirl to coat, and add the rice, using a spatula to spread it into an even layer. Cook rice over high heat for 6 minutes, stirring every minute. Add reserved sauce and stir-fry until rice is coated with sauce, about 1 minute. Mix in reserved eggs, shrimp–ham mixture, and scallions and cook for 1 minute. Transfer fried rice to a warm platter to serve.
SERVES 6 – 8