Hey , guys , Welcome to a very special master class .
We are talking all things fried rice .
I mean , as a food group .
Fried rice is way up there for me .
Fried chicken dumplings , fried rice .
I mean , do you need anything else ?
Uh , now , this , uh , series of recipes comes from my very new cookbook , which I am so ridiculously excited about .
Uh , this book contains , like , you know , like all the little tips , the little tricks that kind of make everything easier or better or tastier or stickier or yummier or all those things .
Uh , I've gathered together all of my very best little snippets and secret ingredients and all those things and put them in this book .
So we are gonna be going through the how to cook rice for fried rice .
Uh , technique from this book .
We're also gonna be cooking a spicy , uh , prawn and chilli fried rice .
Uh , but we're also gonna do , uh how many ?
How many things can we do ?
Uh , we're also gonna be doing a very classic how to cook Chinese fried rice .
So all the good things coming up now , I'm gonna do how to cook rice for fried rice .
first of all , because , I mean , you cannot cook a good fried rice if you don't start out with the good rice , you know , Um , so on page 90 in here , I have very explicit , pedantic kind of instructions for how to cook your rice and how to cook your rice for fried rice .
So two of the things , um , now let's get on to the rice part itself .
So you wanna rinse your rice off just to get rid of any excess star ?
This is particularly important if you're doing rice for fried rice .
Sometimes I kind of cheat .
And don't do that for my steamed rice , but , you know , don't tell I'm annoying .
Um , but I did do it for this one , because for this , I want my grains to be as dry and lovely and , you know , distinct and beautiful as possible .
So I've rinsed the rice .
I have two cups here , And the important part for cooking rice , uh , for regular rice or the rice for fried rice is the ratio of water .
Now , this is where things get , like a bit .
Well , I think where things have gone wrong with instructions in the past So if you've got , um , one cup of rice , you would typically do one cup and a half for steamed rice .
So right , let's get a little technical here .
We're doing a master class after all .
Uh Oh , By the way , if you guys have any extra comments or questions , um , throughout the class , please do comment below .
And , uh , I will get on to them as soon as I can .
I'll be scrolling through every now and then making sure that we're coming back to answer your questions .
Um , so now , with rice , if you cook rice in a vacuum so no evaporation , no , you know , external factors Rice would soak up 1 to 1 ratio rice to water .
But of course , we don't cook in a vacuum because we aren't cooking in a science lab .
Um , and when things boil , we get evaporation .
So some of that water cooks off .
So basically , you just need to add , like a little bit of water to make up for the evaporation .
So usually people will say , Oh , OK , well , you need 1 to 1.5 ratio of rice , which doesn't actually work out because , um , that's too much water as you keep doubling and doubling and doubling .
Does that even make sense ?
So if you had two by that ratio , if you had two cups of rice , you would be adding , um what to you would be adding two and a no , you'd be adding three cups of water .
Oh , wait , let me do the math on back to your own .
Well , I just wrote it properly , and then I don't have to , you know , like try and explain it again .
OK , let's just get the question .
Lets you ask me , OK , I have tried to explain this so many times , and I always get confused .
So I'm gonna read what I took the time to write in here , so I get it right .
So most often , most cookbooks or YouTube channels will tell you that there's a ratio for rice and water , and it is 1 to 1.5 .
So if you've got one cup of rice , you use 1.5 cups of water that works out fine .
The problem is when you start doubling , so by that ratio , if you are using two cups of rice , you would need three cups of water .
That's too much water if you had .
Um , you know , if you were cooking two cups of rice , all you need is two cups of water .
Plus that little bit extra for the evaporation .
So you only need 2.5 cups of water .
Do you know what I mean ?
Ok , the main point is it doesn't matter how many cups of rice you're doing .
10 cups , 12 cups , three cups , five cups , one cup .
You only need the exact same amount of water plus the extra half cup .
That's it .
That's all you need to know now , because we're doing rice for fried rice .
Uh , we are going to add a little bit less than the half cup .
We're just gonna do two cups of water , cos I have two cups of rice and just a little quarter of the water .
That's it .
OK , so turn your heat on and what we're waiting for here .
Oh , and this is the other thing .
This is why the Mumma trick always works .
So , like that much water .
So if you stick your finger in and you get the water up to that much , so basically you've got 1 to 1 water , plus a little bit .
That's why that Asian mum trick always works .
So put the heat on and then just wait for that rice to absorb most of that water .
We'll come back , be like five minutes or so .
Um , while that's happening , let's make the , um , sauce for our first dish , which is gonna be the how to cook classic Chinese fried rice .
So what we need here is some soy sauce , some Chinese chaus wine .
Now , I know a lot of you guys do like to keep your cooking alcohol free , and one of the tips that I have in my cookbook is for this recipe .
You could just use some chicken stock , um , instead of the wine , if you would prefer , and we want a little dash of sugar here as well .
I always not just because my mum always did .
But I always do like to put a little dash of sugar , um , into my fried rice .
I feel like you get like a tiny little bit more caramelization , like those sugars burning in the pan , which kind of gives you that smokiness you would get from like a really high heat .
Wok tossed fried rice .
So That's my little secret .
I get my eggs ready as well .
Ok , so while we're waiting for the water to boil for the rice uh , let me just let you guys know that we do have a very special deal for , uh , all of you who have been supporting and following my channels for so many years .
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OK , so we're looking pretty good here .
You can see all of that water that was sitting on the top .
That's kind of evaporated now , So I'm gonna put the lid on slightly ajar .
Um , just so we get a little bit more of that evaporation going , uh , some air flow and I'm gonna turn the heat down pretty low and just let that cook away for five minutes .
Alright , Do some light reading while we're waiting .
No , to be honest , guys like I do wanna show you .
I do wanna show you around this cookbook .
Um , uh , So what I did here was I tried to think of all the like , you know , what are the problems that I have when I'm cooking ?
Because I'm just like you .
I'm busy .
I you know , I don't always have the luxury of being able to cook , you know , you know , for an hour or two hours for dinner , or you know , who has two hours to cook dinner ?
No one .
So I've done things like , you know , made you guys a little weeknight heroes chapter .
This is stuff you can get done in , like , less than 30 minutes .
And , you know , I'm all about , you know , less dishwashing .
So all of those little tricks and tips in there , um , comfort food ?
Because , I mean , who doesn't love a good fried chicken recipe ?
Come on .
Um , carbonara , four ingredients , sticky Asian pork ribs .
I mean , that's what I'm talking about .
Guys just like pork ribs me the couch .
Um , all the noodles and a little bit of pasta , cos you guys know how much ?
Um , I love a bit of a fusion pasta situation .
Uh , so , yeah , I mean , so many cool things and Then there's epic weekenders .
So , like project cooking or entertaining for your friends , there's a whole chapter on rice , including these recipes that we're doing and also like a from scratch chapter so you can make your own Thai sweet chilli sauce , your own chilli oil , your own bow buns .
Um , your own , uh , barbecue pork , Actually , which we have here in this recipe coming up as well .
Alright , now our rice is looking good again .
So I'm going to , um , you can see , like it's really nice and , uh , sort of the water is really well evaporated in there , so I'm gonna put the lid full on now .
Um , and actually , just turn that off and just let that sit for 10 minutes , and that residual steam is going to continue cooking the rice , so that is just perfectly cooked and ready to be stir fried .
So that is your how to cook rice for fried rice .
Uh , now , uh , I typically would do that the day before .
I think day old rice is the best way to go for fried rice .
It kind of like firms up in the fridge .
Uh , so I did that yesterday , and I have some sitting here .
But if you didn't do that and you're not as organised as me , you can actually tip that rice out onto a tray , pop it in the fridge and just leave that for I mean , if you can , like , 15 , 20 minutes , even just that little bit of drying out in the fridge is gonna help you out .
So lots of little tips there .
Uh , let's get on to cooking our first fried rice dish , though .
So wok , uh , wok is not essential .
A big , large frying pan would be totally fine .
Uh , what is essential , though , is you get this guy really hot .
Um , the whole idea , I think with a really amazing fried rice is that it should be quite simple .
It's almost like that pe that Italian pizza kind of philosophy where less is more .
But the technique and and and the flavour that you give the rice , uh , is really important .
Now the heat is gonna get everything like all caramelised and smoky and give you that wok tossed flavour .
So even if you are just doing it in a frying pan , you will still get that If you really heat it up .
So get it .
Kind of like scary hot .
You know where you're like .
Oh , is that too hot ?
That means it's hot enough .
Maybe unless you've got really sensitive smoke alarms , then you should probably not .
But I don't , so I'm all good .
Add in a little bit of oil here .
OK , we're gonna go in with some garlic .
One little tiny tip here on the garlic .
Don't cut it .
Don't chop it too .
Fine , because it will burn really quickly .
So just like a rough chop on your garlic onion again .
Guys , please let me know down the bottom if you have any questions , even if there's not questions on , um , on these recipes , I know a lot of you guys , um , cook a lot of recipes from my channel .
It is .
Are there any other kind of master classes that you would like to see from me ?
I'm always interested to know what you guys think .
Um , and what things you're interested in watching , so please let me know .
So we toss these guys around until we kind of get a little bit of caramelization happening on those onions .
Um , now , while when is that to happen .
Guys , Why don't you tell me where you're watching from ?
I love to hear whereabouts in the world .
You guys are from what you're doing .
Are you having a glass of wine ?
Are you having a coffee ?
Um , how do you make your fried rice I love .
I love hearing your recipes and your takes on things as well .
So let me know .
Um , photos are always good , too .
Love to see your pics .
So this is looking good .
Now I have here some Chinese chael pork or barbecue pork .
You can totally go out and buy this from a a restaurant , a take out restaurant .
Order it in .
Uh , I do have a recipe in my cookbook and on my channels , Uh , on how to make , uh , Chinese chael barbecue pork at home .
So this is the homemade version that's gonna go in here as well , so that pork is cooked , so you're pretty much just kind of heating it through a little , uh , and then just pushing that to the side because we're gonna add in some egg now , depending here on whether your pan looks very dry or not .
You can add in a little bit of oil if you'd like .
Now egg goes in and just kind of , like , spread that egg out as much as you can so that you're sort of making a little little omelette situation here .
OK , so once , that's kind of like set .
So , you know , I can see that the bottom is starting to get a little bit of colour on there , so I'm gonna break that up .
And so I know there are a lot of , like , different classic Chinese fried rice , but like this one to me is based on , like the Chinese restaurants that I used to go to when I was little , Where you get the sweet pots of the pork .
You've got the egg .
Um , but it's a very simple kind of fried rice .
Um , but as I said , it's all about technique and getting that beautiful flav flavour , um , with the minimal ingredients that you've got , so that's all looking good .
I'm gonna go in with my rice , and if we've done our job properly , this rice will end up beautiful , not soggy and just the right amount of lovely sauce sticking to it .
Even the sauce here is our sauce .
That we made now the reason I like to keep also my fried rice uh , you know , a little bit dry before I get started is that one .
I don't want the rice to get sticky and glossy , but two , I want the rice to almost like , kind of finish cooking in the sauce so that the rice grains soak up the sauce .
Uh , and then you're getting , you know , yummy rice grains .
OK , so that's looking pretty perfect .
I mean , see , you should be able to , like , shake that rice .
We don't have any , you know , sticky plumpy stuff going on .
That looks really good .
OK , final little special bits here .
OK , so I'm gonna turn that heat off now because it's done its job .
I'm gonna add in my spring onion .
And then I like to add my sesame oil right at the end because , um , toasted sesame oil typically will lose its a lot of its fragrance .
And it's punch if you heat it up too much .
So if you drizzle it at the end , you get the maximum amount of flavour from your sesame oil and a little pinch of white pepper , OK ?
And that my friends is your typical beautiful classic Chinese fried rice .
Yes , it smells so good .
And like that sesame oil kind of gives you that pretend smokiness that you would get .
Well , it's not pretend .
But like if you were cooking in a Chinese restaurant high heat , all the things bells and whistles , you would have a really smoky kind of situation going on .
And the sesame oil kind of gives you a little bit of that when you're cooking at home .
Perfectly cooked rice .
Just the right amount of saltiness and sweet pork .
All of it .
Love , love , love .
OK , so let's get on to our next fried rice .
I'm just gonna clear this down .
Alright , so everything is looking beautiful again .
We're ready to go on our next fried rice , which is a Thai basil and chilli fried rice .
Uh , this one is like a , um it's a combination of two of my favourite things .
One fried rice , uh , and two .
A dish in Thailand called Papa is the name of the basil that we use in Thailand for this dish .
But we'll get to that a little bit later , but the main thing is that It's really punchy , like it's punchy , spicy .
It should be like coughing , coughing , fit , spicy when you're frying in the frying pan .
So , um , I'm gonna start off with some garlic .
I'm gonna make a little chilli paste here and some birds eye chillies , as many as you dare .
I'm gonna put five in because you know , I'm hardcore today .
I'm getting , um uh you can use more or less obviously .
Now , this is a weird thing .
Um , but I like to leave the stems on because I want this to be kind of really rough .
So when we're when we see the paste in the rice , I want you to almost see the little bits of garlic and a little bits of chilli .
OK , so you're looking for this kind of situation here .
You've got a really rough paste .
I'll just take a couple more of those sticks out that's looking good .
Let's get going .
Oh , no .
We're gonna make stir fry sauce first , So this one is really simple .
We just want soy sauce , fish sauce , and again , this would be like the stir fry sauce that you would use for the Biba .
Um , stir fry .
So that's where you're getting that kind of flavour from and oyster sauce and a little dash of sugar .
Alright , so here we go guys , we're all ready to go in our walk and again Super hot , Scary hot , please .
And while we're waiting for that to heat up , let's come back .
And because I didn't actually show you my finished rice cos I was waiting for it to kind of steam through .
Remember I said leave it for the 10 minutes and I want you to know , you know , make sure that I've done it right for you guys .
So if you have a look in here , you you can see we have some really beautiful rice grains .
They're not too fluffy like I .
I get in here with my fork as in Fluffy by fluffy .
I mean , they're not too saturated with with , um moisture like they're kind of like very distinct grains , almost a little bit firm .
And that's exactly what you want .
Because , as I said , the rice now , when it cooks in the , um in the pan for your fried rice will soak up and almost finish cooking in the sauce .
Just the tiniest little bit of bite through the centre .
OK , so things are looking scary hot here , A little bit of smoke .
And I want some oil gonna go in with some onion and our chilli garlic paste .
This is the kind of point where you might need to open up your windows .
It can get a little hectic when his chilli is frying off .
Now , I know a lot of you love this recipe , and a lot of you have made it because you've told me so .
If anyone has pics of their , um , spicy fried rice or their Chinese fried rice recipe that you've made before , please do post them .
Um , send me your comments .
I love to hear all about the recipes you guys are making .
And I can't wait to see the recipes that you make from here .
So , um , you know , actually , on the back cover is one of my favourites .
So this is a ham and cheese toasted sandwich pot sticker ?
Yeah , like ham and cheese .
Toasted sandwich flavour in a dumpling .
Oh , my goodness .
It's epic .
I love it .
I ate so many when we shot the cook and I did this OK ?
This is but Can the crew get through the cook without coughing ?
That is the question .
OK , so can I get through ?
Prawns are going in is where your eyes start to water a little bit .
It becomes like an endurance game .
Yeah , While I'm waiting for those prawns , I'm gonna talk to you a little bit about Basil .
Let's talk about Basil .
So , um , as I mentioned in Thailand , um , the stir fry that we make is called , um pad Kara .
Um , and ba Kara is the name of the basil , and it's translated as well .
It's also called an English holy basil or spicy basil .
It's very difficult to get a hold of outside of Thailand .
I think so .
Even here in Australia , I have a lot of trouble trying to find it .
Um , so I will often use thai basil , which is different to the spicy basil .
Uh , it just has .
It's a little bit sweeter , um , and has more of an annoyed flavour .
Whereas the holy basil or the biker brow has a more of a medicinal kind of flavour to it .
Oh , my goodness .
Um , so there .
That's like a basil breakdown for you guys .
But look , the point of this recipe , and I don't want you missing out because you can't get some obscure basil from Thailand for this .
Um , the point of this recipe is you want a lot of basil .
It can be Thai basil like I've got here .
It can be , um , regular Italian Basil .
You just want a lot of it .
So I'm gonna pick some basil while I'm waiting for my prawns to cook .
And actually , we have a really lovely neighbour here , right next door .
Who grows this beautiful basil that we're using today ?
His name's Trev , if you're watching Trev .
Thank you .
Actually , I think Trev Basil is a bit of a hybrid , because , um , I can see that it's kind of got the ridged .
The holy basil has , like , the ridged edges .
Like like Trev .
Basil does here .
Um , but Holly Basil has a lot more of a furry leaf and a slightly different flavour .
So I reckon Trev has managed to grow himself a little hybrid here .
It's not quite spicy , Basil , but still beautiful .
OK , so if you have a look in here , we are looking totally awesome .
Things are getting all charry .
Um , you know , everyone's starting to cough .
It's all .
It's all happening .
Um , I'm gonna go in here with our rice , our perfectly cooked fried rice rice and have season sauce .
Oh , that is looking really special .
I love that .
OK , now I wanna go in with our basil , and that is it .
And what you're getting right now , like , if you go , I wish you guys could be here to smell it .
But you're getting this beautiful hit of that fresh basil , uh , fragrance .
Uh , you're getting a lot of that chilli fragrance as well , but , um , yeah , it's smelling absolutely deli .
Um , Now , what I like to do with this one is , uh , um I like to go a little bit old school with this one .
I kind of I kind of quite like an old school , like moulded fried rice .
You know how you would get it in , You know , like an old school Chinese shophouse in Bangkok or something like that .
So my little bits and pieces , I've got some decorative cucumber .
I love a decorative cucumber .
It's got , like , this kind of ridged edge on it .
I like that cute chilies first .
So I've got some little chilies that I'm decorating my bowl with here .
And I'm gonna get some really beautiful choice , like pick of the drawings here , pop them in , but OK , and pile that rice in there now , at the moment of truth .
Ah , beautiful .
I just moved .
I just cheat this little chilli piece in here .
Oh , that's so cute .
You can see your prawns and the chilli .
Oh , I love that .
And a little bit of your cucumber on the side and a little stalk of spring onions .
So I mean , typically in Bangkok , we always kind of have a little bit of spring onion on the side here .
And it's like you kind of eat your fried rice .
You take a bite of the spring onion , you've got the cool kind of cucumber as well .
So you've got it all kind of going on .
Um , and there you go , guys .
That is your Thai basil and prawn .
Spicy fried rice .
I'm gonna get in here who that is .
This one is kind of like a really big wow punch in your face kind of guy .
Mhm deli .
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