Chef John and I use my wok at the least 2 times a week because well I have an unhealthy relationship with Asian food and we love my wok. We make about a dozen varieties of fried rice, but Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s is hands down the best recipe. It is so simple and clean yet extremely flavorful; it’s unlike any other fried rice I have had. Like all fried-rice dishes, you must start this one with leftover rice; fresh rice is simply too moist. Bittman suggests using white rice from Chinese takeout; not a bad call. The recipe calls for jasmine rice, almost any rice will do as long as it is a day old. Also the original recipe calls for cooking the rice in rendered fat; I am just using peanut oil. Unlike other one pot fried rice dishes, this one has a couple steps but is 100% worth the effort. I highly recommend sprinkling some fried pancetta along with the ginger and garlic. Of course Jean-George serves this by molding it into beautiful mounds and tops each with egg and garnish. -ts
A Mark Bittman adaption of a Jean-Georges Vongerichten recipe, with a few tweaks. Serves 2.
1/3 – 1/2 cup peanut oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons minced ginger
1 cup thinly sliced leeks, white and light green parts only, rinsed and dried
1 cup day-old cooked rice, preferably jasmine, at room temperature
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 teaspoons soy sauce
- In a large skillet, heat peanut oil over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp and brown. With a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels and salt lightly.
- Reduce heat under skillet to medium-low and add 2 tablespoons oil and leeks. Cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until very tender but not browned. Season lightly with salt.
- Raise heat to medium and add rice. Cook, stirring well, until heated through and almost crispy. Season to taste with sesame oil and soy sauce.
- In a nonstick skillet, fry eggs in remaining oil, sunny-side-up, until edges are set but yolk is still runny.
- Divide rice among two dishes. Top each with an egg and drizzle a little more sesame oil and soy sauce. Sprinkle crisped garlic and ginger (and pancetta if using) over everything and serve.
Continuing in the delusional vein that spring has just about sprung, The Chef brings you an easy salad dressing that will make you feel downright seasonal. This is another one that can double as a seafood sauce, so feel free to get creative up in herr-ah if you like.
1/2 cup lime juice
1/2 tsp honey
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 tsp fresh black pepper
salt to taste
3/4 cup of peanut oil
3/4 cup of veg oil
- Mix all ingredients except the oils. Allow the flavors to marry for at least 5 minutes.
- Slowly whisk in oils until all has been added and the vinaigrette is smooth and thickened.
- Serve on any spring salad or use it as a dressing for fish. Makes 2 cups.
Chef says: “This seems like a s— load of ingredients, but its well worth it. This stuff is unbelievable.”
Well alright then. Barrett suggests you make a large batch of the paste, use a few tablespoons to make the sauce, and freeze the rest for future use (the recipe makes about 2 cups). As we learned on the food network, you can freeze portions of this in ice-cube trays and use them one-at-a-time. My inner Martha loves that time-saver crap.
2 1/2 Thai chilies
1 tbsp cumin seed
2 1/2 tbsp coriander seed
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp kosher salt
1/2 cup cilantro leaves and stems
1/2 cup basil leaves
1/2 cup mint leaves
1/2 tsp turmeric (ginger-ish flavor: warm, bitter, spicy)
2 tsp of galangal, minced (citrus-pine-earthy flavor)
1 tbsp of garlic, minced
1 1/2 tbsp of lemongrass, minced, white part only
4 kaffir lime leaves, minced
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup fish sauce
1/2 cup shallots, minced
1 cup peanut oil
hot coconut milk
- Place all the dried spices (chilies through salt) in a saute pan and toast over medium heat. Once toasted, grind in a spice grinder.
- Blanch and shock (meaning boil for a sec and then plunge into cold water to stop the cooking) the cilantro, basil, and mint in a salted water. Squeeze dry.
- Place all ingredients except oil in blender and puree until smooth.
- While the blender is running, slowy drizzle in oil. Season with salt and pepper.
- Mix a few tablespoons with hot coconut milk until sauce reaches desired consistency.
- Serve with mussels or scallops over risotto or use as a soup base. If you’re looking for a full recipe, swap out the red curry in this mussel recipe for this green one. Bellissimo!