Gandules Fried Rice

Asian flavors inevitable sneak into our kitchen. Nabol’s Korean half craves the taste of gochujang and miso, as much as we both crave garlic and sofrito. Recipes are prone to some very interesting combinations. And of course, rice is the unifying element between cuisines. My Korean mother-in-law eats much rice as my mother and it would be unthinkable to have a meal without it. This is also an ideal base ingredient to do a little experimenting.

That’s how our gandules fried rice came about. One day, we had some leftover gandules and rice in the fridge and we were hungry, so what the heck?! It turned out great! With a fried egg on top, there’s nothing more delicious.

Gandules are also a great substitute for the ham and meat that is often incorporated into fried rice. It makes it lighter and less calorie-heavy. Gandules are also a great source of potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron. To go along the rice, you can prepare a side of tostones with avocado or simply steamed veggies. We hope you like it.

Gandules Fried Rice
  • 1 ½ Cups of leftover white or cooked rice
  • Olive oil to taste
  • 1 Cup of carrots, small dice
  • 1/3 Cup of frozen peas
  • 1/3 Cup of onion, small dice
  • 2 Cloves of garlic
  • 1/3 Cup of chopped scallions
  • 1 Cup of cooked gandules
  • 1-2 Teaspoons of sesame oil
  • 1 Pinch of pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon of sugar
  • 2-3 Teaspoons of soy sauce
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 Eggs

1. If you’re making a fresh pot of rice, place it in the fridge once cooled for at least 30 minutes. It makes it a bit dry and perfect for fried rice.

2. Sauté the carrots on medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil. After 4-5 minutes, add the onions and cook until translucent. Then, add the rest of the veggies and cook until everything is tender. Remove from the heat and set aside.

3. Scramble the eggs and cook with a pinch of salt and another drizzle of olive oil. Set aside.

4. Add the veggies back in the pan and add the rice. Mix well and cook for a couple of minutes. Then add a pinch of pepper, sugar, sesame oil and soy sauce. Mix again. Then, add the egg. Adjust the salt and voila. It’s ready to serve.

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