This is a very simple fried rice recipe for busy GoParents – Spam Fried Rice! Whip it up for afternoon tea, breakfast or for school lunches.

It is not the healthiest meal to serve, but I can guarantee it will be one of the popular ones. Seriously, I have tried using prawns, BBQ pork, chicken etc., and my children will eat them, but they just can’t compare to the spam fried rice – this is a winning dish. Maybe it is just tastier or more colourful?

This is a very simple fried rice dish that you can cook in under 15 minutes.

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp cooking oil
1 clove garlic – chopped finely
1/2 can of Spam ham; 340g salt reduced – cubed
1 cup frozen vegetables (can include red capsicum, peas, corn)
Half onion – cubed
2 cups overnight cooked rice (cool at room temperature) – loosen grains
Pinch of salt
2 eggs

Methods:

  • Heat up wok, and add oil.
  • Stir fry garlic until fragrant and light brown.
  • Then add onion and stir fry for 20 seconds or until slightly brownish (transparent).
  • Add cubed spam meat and fry for 1 minute or until fragrant and slightly burnt on the edges.
  • Add rice; keep stirring and continually breaking up the rice with spatula for about 1 minute.
  • Add frozen vegetables, stir fry for about 2-3 minutes on high heat.
  • Move the rice to the side of the wok and crack the eggs in the center of the wok; use the spatula to break the yolk, stir and scramble the eggs for about 10 seconds.
  • After that, push the rice on top of the eggs and let it sit for 30 seconds or until the eggs are cooked.
  • Continue to stir fry and allow the cooked scramble eggs to mix well with the rice.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Serve hot.

Cook’s note:

  1. Make sure you use overnight rice to enjoy the more chewy and tender texture. You can use your hand to break up the lumps prior to stir frying.
  2. Also make sure all ingredients are about the same size.

Serve: 3 – 4 people
Preparation time – 5 minutes
Cooking time – 15 minutes

GoKids Corner:

Younger GoKids can…

  • Decide the ingredients to go into the rice, i.e. whether to use frozen vegetables or other fresh vegetables, and how to cut them (shapes).
  • Learn about the colours and names of the frozen vegetables – i.e. green peas, yellow corn, red capsicum, white rice, white/purple onion, white/yellow garlic, spam – what colour is spam?
  • Learn about shapes – cubed ham etc.

Older GoKids can learn:

  • Measurement – cups of rice
  • Cube the meat  – learn about shapes and sizes
  • Types of vegetables that go into the rice
  • Reading the cooking instructions
  • “Clove” of garlic

This is my children’s favourite fried rice dish and I hope your family will enjoy it as well.

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