Okay, so after last night’s Maui-style short ribs with coconut rice, I had all this coconut rice left over.
And not much else.
So, I vaguely remembered Mark Bittman doing something with fried rice and ginger and garlic. The main thing I remembered was the egg, topped with crispy fried up garlic and ginger. I looked in the fridge:
leftover coconut rice: check
ginger: no joy. crap.
But this is in the spirit of leftovers, so, no trip to the Cookie Crock for me. That would be cheating. Instead, I quick fry up some leftover green onions and my last two shallots.
In my egg pan, I crisp up some garlic.
When the garlic browns and gets crisp, I take it off the heat, put it in a little dish
and set it aside.
When the shallots and green onions are soft, I add in the leftover coconut rice and fry that up for a few minutes, letting the rice brown on the bottom of the pan and scraping up bits of that as I stir, until it’s all heated through.
Quick fry up some eggs.
Now just fill a big bowl with the rice. Some salt and pepper is nice. A big splash of soy sauce, a drizzle of sesame oil. Top with the egg, and then sprinkle the crispy garlic on top.
It were pretty damn good.
Here’s the thing. I could have made a peanut butter sandwich. Or a grilled cheese. Or heated up a frozen burrito.
But instead I got this creamy, crunchy, salty, pungent, sweet, gooey meal of goodness.
In about the same time.
Do what you can with what you’ve got. It doesn’t always work out, but shit, then you can have you your damn peanut butter sandwich anyway.
What have you got to lose?