Serves 4, 20mins Preparation, 15mins Cooking

Egg-fried rice is easy to prepare and tastes great on its own.  For better results, add to your favourite Chinese dish and enjoy as a complete meal!

Ingredients

• 1 egg • 2 tsp sesame oil • 2 tbsp vegetable oil • 200g/7oz long-grain rice (uncooked weight), cooked and left to go cold • 100g/4oz frozen peas, defrosted (rinse under warm water to do this quickly) • 4 spring onions, finely chopped • 100g/4oz beansprouts (optional) • 1-2 tsp soy sauce • ground white pepper

Method

  1. Beat together the egg and sesame oil and put to one side.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large frying pan. When it's simmering and almost smoking, add the rice and stir-fry for about 3-4 minutes until completely heated through.
  3. Add the peas, spring onions and beansprouts, if using. Stir-fry, turning the rice constantly around the pan, for about 3 minutes. Season well with soy sauce and pepper, then push to one side of the pan. Pour the beaten egg mixture into the other side and leave for about 10 seconds so it begins to set. Using a chopstick, briskly swirl around the egg to break it up and then toss around with the rice. Stir-fry for a further minute and serve straight away.

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