American Fried Rice (Khao Phad American)
A Thai fried rice that includes ketchup and raisins among the ingredients, there are at least two versions of the origin of the dish. The following recipe is for the fried rice. What you want to serve it with is totally up to you. I have to say though the the saltiness of SPAM goes well with the rice.
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 2 shallots peeled and finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- ¼ cup finely sliced scallions
- ⅓ cup raisins
- 4 cups cooked rice day-old jasmine rice is recommended
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon ketchup you may use more
- juice of one lime (see notes after the recipe)
- Heat the cooking oil in a wok or frying pan.
- Saute the shallots, garlic and scallions until aromatic.
- Add the raisins and toss around until heated through.
- Turn up the heat and dump in the rice and stir to break up lumps.
- Season the rice with soy sauce, fish sauce and ketchup. Stir fry until the rice is heated through.
- Drizzle in lime juice (start with the juice from half). Stir well. Taste. Adjust the seasonings.
- Serve the fried rice with fried egg and whatever American food you like. Hotdogs, fried chicken, bacon and SPAM are popular choices.
Ketchup is tart and lime juice is tart. If you use more than one tablespoon of ketchup (for added color or simply because you like ketchup), the juice of one whole lime might be excessive.
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