Last weekend my roommate and I moved out of our large apartment complex Chinatown and into a quaint 4 story building in Mount Vernon (a whole 5 blocks away). Let me tell you, those few blocks make one heck of a big difference in the personality of the neighborhood. I’ll always have great memories of our first apartment (and my easy access to greasy Chinese food) but I also felt ready to say farewell to the noise and bright florescent lights of the Verizon Center. For my first meal in the new apartment (and in the spirit of Chinatown), I tried my hand at a healthy alternative to fried rice.
- 2 tbsp coconut oil,
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 3 fresh chilis, chopped
- 1 cauliflower head
- 2 cooked chicken breasts
- 2 eggs
- 2 spring onions, chopped
- 1 handful of peanuts
- Soy sauce
- Sweet chili sauce
Don’t be fooled by the mush like appearance of this meal, it’s one hell of a tasty dish sans all the fat of your traditional greasy fried rice. Winning.
Now is the first time I’ve experimented with alternative carbs (a la spaghetti squash) but apparently these kinds of substitutions are all the rage these days! As an avid sufferer of FOMO, I just wanted to see what all the fuss is about!
First break up your cauliflower into florets and throw those into your food processor.
Once you have created all your “rice”, you’ll find that its a bit damp. To remove most of the moisture, ring it out in a clean hand towel. A few paper towels will do as well. Leave it to dry for a few minutes as you prepare your wok.
Combine your two tablespoons of coconut oil and two tablespoons of sesame oil in a large pan and heat until it’s simmering. Add in your chopped garlic and fry until crispy but not burnt.
Follow with the chopped chilis and most importantly your “rice”. Give your rice a good stir to distribute the flavors. After stirring for about a minute, add about two tablespoons of soy sauce and continue to stir until the rice reaches a golden brown color.
Next add your cooked and diced chicken breasts.
Now for the fun part! Create a well in the middle of your rice and crack the first egg into the hole. Let the egg fry just a bit then use your spatula to mix it into the rice. Repeat with your second egg and you’re done!
Top your finished product with a few chopped peanuts and a healthy dose of sweet chili sauce. As I warned above, this might look a bit like porridge but I promise you, this holds it’s own next to your favorite Chinese treat.
These chicks were not disappointed.
And there you have it, my ode to the old ‘hood.