"Have you had your rice today?" This common greeting illustrates the importance of rice in Chinese culture, particularly in the south (noodles are eaten more frequently in the north). Here are classic rice recipes that you'll want to learn how to make.
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Like hard boiling eggs, cooking rice is one of those tasks that appear to be easy, but can go wrong very quickly if you don’t follow the right steps. Here are simple instructions that will help you make rice that turns out light and fluffy every time.
Basic Cooked Rice Recipe
Want to see how it's done? Here are basic step by step instructions for cooking rice, with photos.
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The main tip to making fried rice is to use cold, previously cooked rice, preferably at least one day old. (Use your fingers or a spatula to break up the cold clumps of rice).
Basic fried rice makes a nice alternative to plain cooked rice as a side dish. For something fancier, you can add meat or seafood and vegetables to the rice. Here are several fried rice recipes that would make a great main dish:
Fried Rice With Canned Tuna
Shrimp Fried Rice
Fried Rice With Chinese Sausage
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Given the importance of rice in Chinese culture, it's not surprising that even over-cooked rice is put to use! Sizzling rice (also called crispy rice or rice crusts) can be made ahead of time - store in a sealed container until needed.
Sizzling rice is used in the restaurant specialty, Sizzling Rice Soup, where the rice sizzles and crackles when it comes into contact with the hot broth.
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Congee (also called jook) is a type of rice porridge that is eaten for breakfast in southern China and throughout other parts of Asia. This is basic recipe for congee that you can garnish and add to as desired.
Top Pick: Basic Congee
Here are several other congee recipes, including a turkey congee and a healthy congee made with astragalus root.
07 of 08
While scented rice is a mainstay of Southeast Asian cuisine, many cooks, including Chinese chef Martin Yan, recommend using it in Chinese dishes for extra taste and aroma. Here are simple instructions explaining how to steam scented rice.
Steamed Scented Rice
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