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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Dried Scallops, Crab Meat Fried Rice - Working With Left Overs From CNY 2.....

Scallop Fried Rice2

Fried Rice Collage

Scallop Fried Rice 6

I am cooking my way through my refrigerator... Left with a copious amount of white rice, the easiest way is to fry them and for this New Year, in an effort to eat more healthy, we have decided to cook basmati rice instead of Thai Fragrant Rice. Basmati Rice, for those who are unfamiliar, is a special long grained rice popularly eaten in India.The best Basmati rice is grown in India and Pakistan. When cooked, these are drier, less starchy than normal long grained rice, yielding a free flowing consistency. Some interesting facts about Basmati : a cup of cooked Basmati Rice has 170 calories while a cup of long grained rice carries 205 calories. Ayurveda, the traditional Indian healing approach recommends the Basmati rice. "That is because basmati rice is easy on the digestive system. Also, it is saatvic or pure, and balances the physiology. Basmati rice builds body tissue and is very high on praana or vital life energy,"

In addition to its holistic properties, Basmati Rice, in my opinion is perfect for Fried Rice because it is drier and hence looser. It doesn't get soggy or lumpy - every rice grain is beautifully separated. I have some crab meat in my fridge and hence I decided to pair it with some shredded dry scallops for sweetness and fragrance.

The end result?... I meant to pack this for lunch for work tomorrow but I ended up finishing everything , Sigh... there goes my watchful diet.

Scallop Fried Rice 3

Recipe :
Cooked Basmati Rice         1 bowl
Dried Scallops                    2 ( about 2cm diameter)
Cooked crab meat              1/3 bowl
Spring onions                      For garnishing.
Garlic                                 2 small cloves bruised with back of knife.
Ginger                                2 slices
Chinese Rice Wine (Hua Tiao) 
Soya sauce
White pepper powder
Egg                                     1, beaten

1. Place dried scallops in a small bowl, with 2 sprigs of spring onions and 2 slices of ginger. Add a dash of Chinese Rice wine and steam over boiling water for 10 mins until softened.
Cool down and shred scallops.

2. I did the same with the crab meat just to remove the fishy smell a little.
3. In a hot wok, add oil. Add bruised garlics to infuse the wok with the fragrance of the garlic. Add shredded scallops, crab meat. Fry briskly over hot fire. Add Basmati Rice. Continue frying to mix flavours of the scallop and crab meat with the rice.
4. Season with soya sauce, lots of white pepper while frying.
5. Pushing the fried rice to one side, add a little oil and add beaten egg. When egg begins to set a little, mix the fried rice with the egg to coat rice with egg. Continue frying until egg is cooked.
6. Add diced spring onions and turn off heat.


Zurin said...

o my ur prolific! ^^ mmm fried rice with crab meat sounds good to me...basmati rice is very pretty I agree...slender and seperates well too.

I love the kettle in the background! what is it? stone? or metal? gorgeous colour!!

Zurin said...

I meant ~ not stone ..LOL ...stoneware

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Hi Zu, you are fast! The teapot is cast iron. I got it at TWG tea shop in Singapore..:)

Tony said...

I've had scallops in fried rice once in a Chinatown in Chicago. Amazing! Basmati rice is a bit on the dry side, but that's what fried rice is I guess - dried oily rice lol.

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Hello Pink Panda- yes, oily dry rice- so the beauty of cooking by yourself is that you can make it less oily - still tastes good :)

Jared said...

What a luxurious fried rice!! I thought about making foie gras fried rice with our leftover foie from Valentines day, but ended up eating all of it. There goes our diet as well.

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Hi Jared, Happy New Year to you and Alice. Foie Gras Fried Rice sounds amazingly opulent - I have actually eaten that before and it is really good.

Angie's Recipes said...

The easiest, and most delicious way to finish the rice leftover is to stir-fry them!

La Table De Nana said...

Basmati is a favored rice for us..Dried scallops? Do you buy them like that? Like Ju buys dried shrimps? This looks like a 5 star meal to me.I love rice dishes.

WendyinKK said...

I did a fried rice with scallops too, but on day4 CNY. Will post that later.
You fried rice looks so golden.. PErfect with that cup of tea in the background.

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Shirley! That gorgeous teapot almost stole the show from your golden fried rice!! I didn't know that basmati rice has so many health benefits. I was deliberating about cooking some rice pilaf, and you just gave me the final push. With this dish, you basically took leftovers and turned them into a delicious treat.

Irene's Footprints said...

oh..u bot the rice grains from India?

U are real good at clearing stuff...I suppose more to come...

: )


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