Fried Rice, the Lifesaver
Marty Martindale

Every mom in every culture, especially those on low incomes, has tricks and means to keep friedricethe family reasonably nourished on inexpensive foods along with what’s growing nearby at the time.  Probably one of the most universal money-saving foods is rice, and fried rice allows combining more nutritional items like vegetables and maybe a little meat.  Cases in point, the Caribbean’s “Peas ‘n Rice,” the Dominican Republic’s “Flag” dish, and all of Asia has its versions of fried rice.

The most common form of American Chinese fried rice consists of some mixture of eggs, scallions, and vegetables, with chopped meat added at the customer’s discretion, and usually flavored with soy sauce instead of table salt (more typical for Chinese-style fried rice).

It is written fried rice originated in Yanchow province, China. This particular part of China is said to have been well off and its citizens quite literate and artists.

White, long-grain rice is low in saturated fat and contains no cholesterol. It is low in sodium and sugar and high in manganese. While it is not high in nutritional value, its carbs provide energy and have proven over centuries to sustain millions of very poor people with little other food.


  • General Fried Rice
  • Sauté aromatics in oil
  • Sauté any fresh or leftovers or meat/seafood
  • Add leftover rice (Jasmine is a favorite.)
  • Stir in eggs (optional)
  • Simmer for a couple of minutes
  • Garnish with desired topping
  • Serve as main or side dish

Possible additions for fried rice.

  • Alligator/lizard
  • Bbq pork
  • Bean sprouts
  • Beef tongue
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Chicken
  • Chinese sausage
  • Chutney
  • Criollo
  • Cucumber strips
  • Curry
  • Dried meat
  • Eggs
  • Fish flakes
  • Fish sauce/paste
  • Fried chicken
  • Garlic
  • Gravy
  • Green chili
  • Ham
  • Hot sauce
  • Kimchi
  • Meat
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • parsley
  • Peas
  • Plantains
  • Pork
  • Sambal
  • Satay/peanuts
  • Seafood
  • Sesame oil/seeds
  • Soy sauce
  • Tomato sauce
  • Vegetables
  • Vinegar
  • White sauce

Below are some foodstuffs which feature fried rice.


Marty Martindale

About Marty Martindale

Foodsite Magazine and Marty aim to help the cooking-challenged avoid dependence on others due to lack of cooking knowhow. We concentrate on quick breakfasts, portable lunches and “good-4-u” night meals. With readily available web translation, the magazine explains separate foods, a little of their history, their nutrition, suggested “go-withs,” serving ideas and links to foodsites with recipes.

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