This preparation uses half the amount of rice typically called for in fried-rice recipes. The cauliflower and red bell pepper may be replaced by mushrooms, broccoli, summer squash or zucchini, but in that case the stir-fry time might need to be adjusted.
This stir-fry is best accomplished in a wok, but you can also do it in a large nonstick saute pan; it will take a little longer and won't go as smoothly.
- 1 tablespoon vegetable or peanut oil
- 1 medium clove garlic, cut into thin slices
- 1 1-inch piece ginger root, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 2 scallions, white and light-green parts, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices
- 1 cup cold, cooked brown or white rice
- 1 cup cauliflower florets, cut into small pieces
- 1/2 medium red bell pepper, stemmed and seeded, then cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 1/2 cup)
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
- Freshly ground black pepper
Heat a 14-inch, flat-bottomed wok over high heat for several minutes, until a bead of water dropped in vaporizes within a couple of seconds.
Swirl in the oil to coat the sides and bottom, then add the garlic, ginger and scallions, and use a heat-proof spatula to stir-fry for about 20 seconds.
Add the rice, breaking it up with your fingers as you toss it into the wok. Use the spatula to keep the rice moving for 2 to 3 minutes, scooping and tossing and pressing the rice against the bottom and sides of the wok to sear it.
Add the cauliflower and red bell pepper; stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until they slightly soften.
Make a well in the mixture to expose the bottom of the wok. Break the egg into a small bowl, then pour into the center of the wok; immediately break it up with the spatula, then stir-fry to incorporate it throughout the rice and vegetables. Cook for about a minute or until the egg is almost cooked through (but still a little wet). Add the soy sauce and pepper to taste; stir-fry for 30 seconds or so. Serve immediately.
From Food editor Joe Yonan; loosely based on a recipe in "The Breath of a Wok," by Grace Young (Simon & Schuster, 2004).
Tested by Joe Yonan.
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