Turkey Fried Rice

Not sure what to do with your leftover roast dinners? Give this a go!

With roast dinners and turkey sandwiches growing out of our ears – I was dying for some asian food. However, with me trying to prioritise my time being split between exam prep (it never ends in medicine) and playing with new toys – I needed something quick, with minimal prep. Fried rice was a no brainer.

With a couple of eggs, a quick chilli paste using another new toy I got for Christmas, fresh veggies and some leftover brussel sprouts thrown in for good measure, we have our a little weird but just as yummy – turkey fried rice! (I am well aware Uncle Roger is saying HAIIYAAA followed by a heavy sigh at this!)

It is definitely one of those quick and easy meals (not to forget yummy) requiring minimal prep when you just don’t feel like cooking and are a little lazy/busy/over turkey sandwiches – you get my drift. In fact you can just swap it around based on what you have lying around, and believe it or not the brussel sprouts were perfect in it.

What have you done with your Christmas leftovers? If there are any of course.

Chilli paste
2 red chillies (deseeded or keep the seeds if you like it spicy)
Half a red onion
4 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon oil
0.5 teaspoon sugar
Pinch of salt

250gm rice (you can use a microwaveable pack if you don’t have day old rice)
200gm leftover turkey
7 – 8 Brussel sprouts cooked and shredded (Otherwise boil for 3 minutes and shred)
1 carrot diced
100gm green beans diced
Half a red onion diced
2 – 3 eggs
2 tablespoons of light soy sauce
Pinch of white pepper
2 – 3 Spring onions diced
*You can add a touch more salt if you feel its needed*

1. Blend chilli paste ingredients together until smooth.
2. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a wok.
3. Add chilli paste and fry till it turns brown and the oil starts to float to the top (pecah minyak). You want to cook the chillies to eliminate the raw taste.
4. Add onions and carrots to the chilli paste and cook till soft . (If using raw meat add it first and cook till it’s almost done before adding in the vegetables.)
5. Then add in leftover turkey, brussel sprouts and green beans, let it cook for 2-3 minutes.
6. Add rice and give it a good stir, making sure all the rice is coated evenly. (You can add scrambled eggs in now if done beforehand, refer to tips)
7. Make small well in the middle of the wok. Break eggs in well and and scramble them. Once cooked mix together with rice.
8. Add soy sauce, pepper and spring onions and give it a good stir before serving.

If you are using a wok, you can push the rice to the side and make a little well in the middle to break the eggs in and scramble them, then mix the rice in. However this works best with a wok and not as well in a pan/pot. If using a pot/pan, I would recommend frying the eggs first and setting them aside at the very beginning before frying the chilli paste.

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