EGGS BENEDICT

Mother’s Day brunch screams Eggs Benedict? But don’t wait until Mother’s Day to make this iconic breakfast.

Don’t be afraid of making Hollandaise. It really is easy. But, you can also buy a packet from Knorr Hollandaise mix that is very respectable.

This is how I like to make it…using an immersion blender.

Ingredients:

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt or to taste
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • Poached eggs
  • English muffins
  • Canadian Bacon
  • White vinegar
  • Chopped chives
  • Paprika

Directions:

  • Place the eg yolks, lemon juice, and salt in the cup of your immersion blender.
  • Melt the stick of butter and keep warm.
  • Using your blender stick, blend the egg until well combined and beginning to thicken. Slowly drizzle in the melted butter while blending. After all the butter is in, continue to blend another 30 seconds until everything is doubled in size. Add the cayenne and taste for seasoning. You can keep it warm in a bowl over a pan of barely simmer water while the eggs cook.
  • Bring a medium sauce pot to a low simmer. Turn down the heat so it is NOT bubbling.
  • Toast tops of the English muffin on the “Bagel” setting, or, place them on a sheet pan and brown in a 350 degree oven until golden brown.
  • Lightly grill the Canadian bacon on a flat griddle or skillet until browned.
  • Add about 1 tsp of white vinegar to the water. Using a slotted spoon, stir the water to star a whirlpool then add an egg. Continue to stir until the egg has set, about 3 minutes. Remove the egg and plate on a paper towel lined plate while you cook the other eggs.
  • Place half a muffin on a plate. Add 1-2 slices of Canadian bacon depending on the size. Place a poached egg on the bacon. Spoon on the Hollandaise. Garnish with paprika and chopped chives and serve immediately.

GRATIN POTATOES

I have made Gratin Potatoes, Potatoes au Gratin, Potatoes Dauphinois…whatever you want to call them…dozens of times. There are dozens of recipes and dozens of methods out there on how to make this. Not to be confused with Scalloped Potatoes, you know, the one your Aunt Sylvia brought to pot lucks that has onions and sometimes ham and other things In it?

Potatoes Dauphinois is a simple French dish originating in the Dauphine region of southeastern France. The potatoes, typically yellow potatoes like Yukon Gold, are sliced thin (4-5mmm about 1/8 inch), cooked in cream then baked, sometimes with a little Gruyere cheese, until golden brown (the “gratin” part). If you want to make it in the traditional old French style, you let it set at room temperature for an hour after cooking before serving so the cream will set up with the potatoes. Of course, you can simply scoop out a portion to a plate, or, using a food mold, cut out discs, then plate. Either way, Potatoes Dauphinois are a very flavorful, creamy, and elegant side dish for any entree.

There is a hint of garlic in this preparation (Infused into the cream) as there is a little Gruyere cheese…but definitely not garlic or cheese forward. It’s all about the potatoes and cream. The dish is buttered, but that’s it for the butter. A chef’s note and key to a successful Potatoes Gratin is slicing the potatoes consistently, ie, all the same thickness. If you are confident you can slice them evenly with a knife, go ahead. But, I highly recommend using a slicing attachment on a food processor, or, a mandolin like I used. The later is a dangerous, but essential kitchen tool that, if used properly and safely, will yield the best results. I always use a cutting glove or a guard. I ain’t slicing off the tips of my fingers for any recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 3.3 pounds (about 1.5 kg of Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 20 ounces of cream
  • 4 ounces of whole milk
  • 1-2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper (black pepper is OK)
  • 2 garlic cloves, thin sliced
  • About 1/4 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere
  • Unsalted butter for the dish

DIRECTIONS:

  • Peel the potatoes and immediately place them in a bowl of cold water so they won’t discolor.
  • Place the cream, milk, salt, pepper, sliced garlic and nutmeg in a large pot.
  • Using a mandolin or a food processor, slice the potatoes 4-5mm thick (about 1/8 inch). Immediately place them in the cream. Bring the cream to a simmer, lower the heat to very low, cover, and simmer about 15 minutes, until the potatoes are fork tender but not mushy.
  • Preheat oven to 320 degrees.
  • Butter a large gratin or baking dish with the butter. Alternately, you can use smaller gratin dishes for individual servings.
  • Ladle most of the potatoes into the dish making sure they are spread out evenly. Sprinkle on the Gruyere then add the rest of the potatoes. Spoon as much cream as needed to almost cover the potatoes, but not swimming.
  • Place the dish on a sheet pan in case the cream cooks over. Bake for about 45 minutes until the top is golden brown. Remove from the oven and let sit about 1 hour before serving so the cream will set. You then can serve to a plate (or use a food mold) and reheat in the microwave.
  • Optional, you can garnish with a little chopped parsley, but mostly French chefs do not.
  • These freeze very well, just make sure they are wrapped in plastic and place in a sealed container.

NACHOS SUPREME

Call them Nachos Supreme, or Loaded Nachos, or Nachos Bell Grande…no matter what you call them, they are fun and easy to make…not just on Cinco de Mayo.

Besides corn tortillas chips and nacho cheese, feel free to go crazy with your other ingredients. Let’s face it…you can get Nachos (chips and nacho cheese sauce) at almost any convenience store or the ball park. So at home…have at it!

Mine are loosely based on Taco Bell’s Nacho Bell Grande. I start with fresh made, lightly fried corn tortillas chips, taco meat mixed with refried beans, and home made nacho cheese sauce, diced tomatoes, green onions, and sour cream. Loretta is a bit sensitive to spicy stuff, so I have left off the sliced pickled jalapenos on the go around.

Instead of refried beans, sometimes I like to use black beans…or both. Besides the nacho cheese sauce, sometimes I layer on some more shredded cheddar then hit it with the broiler for a minute or so. Black olives are another addition that work well too.

Of course, you could buy some canned nacho cheese sauce or use Cheez-Whiz…but its so easy to make your won…and so much better! Usually, I make my own corn tortillas chips, but this time I found some really good chips made in-store at my local grocer. They’re really good.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium bag of corn tortilla chips
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 cup diced yellow onions
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp chile powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 cup Pace chunky salsa
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 can of Rosarita refried beans
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp chopped green onions
  • Sour cream
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Diced avocados (optional)
  • Pickled sliced jalapenos (optional)

For the nacho cheese sauce:

  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1 cup Velvetta, cubed
  • 1/2 cup Pace chunky salsa
  • Tabasco sauce to taste

Directions:

For the taco meat:

  • Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat and add 1 tsp canola oil. When the oil is hot, crumble in the ground beef and diced onions and cook until the beef is no longer pink. Drain the beef with a wire strainer and return to the pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste.Mix together the garlic powder, onion powder, chile powder, paprika, cumin, and cayenne in a small bowl then add to the ground beef, Stir to combine. Add the salsa and water and bring to a simmer. Lower the heat, cover, and simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove the lid and simmer another 10 minutes until the liquid has cooked off. Cover and keep warm.

For the nacho cheese sauce:

  • Heat a small saucepan over medium low heat and add the butter and flour. Cook for about 1 minute. Whisk in the cream and cook, whisking, until it is smooth and thicker. Add the cheese and continue to whisk. When the cheese sauce is smooth and combined, add the salsa, cumin, and black pepper, and whisk for another 2 minutes. Taste and add Tabasco to taste. Use immediately or place a piece of parchment paper on the surface of the sauce, turn off the heat and cover until ready to use. The parchment paper helps prevent the surface from forming a skin.

To assemble the nachos:

  • Place your desired amount of corn chips on a small sheet pan. Place in a 350 degree oven for about 5 minutes until the chips are warm.
  • Mix the refried beans with ground beef. Place the pan over medium heat and heat through until bubbly.
  • Remove the chips from the oven. Place half the chips on a large platter.
  • Spoon on half the beef and bean mixture evenly over the top of the the chips. Ladle on about half the nacho cheese sauce. Add another layer of chips, beef and bean mixture, and nacho cheese sauce. Optional, sprinkle on some shredded cheddar and place under the broiler for a minute.
  • Garnish with diced tomatoes, green onions, jalapenos, diced avocados, and sour cream and serve immediately.

MEXICAN STREET TACOS

Having been raised in California, specifically Southern California…I’m used to seeing Mexican taco trucks in our area. And of course, one of the staples of these abundant little traveling restaurants is tacos. And these tacos don’t resemble Taco Bell tacos in the least!

First of all, the corn tortillas are miniature compare to Americanized tacos, only about 4 inches across versus the usual 8 inch variety most people are used to. They are warmed on a “plancha” or flat griddle, layered 2 per each taco, and topped with carne asada, beef barbacoa, stew chicken, tripe (stomach), or lingua (beef tongue) just to name a few. Then a healthy sprinkle of diced onions and diced chiles (usually serrano or jalapeno), maybe a little cilantro, fresh lime or lemon juice…and that’s it. No lettuce, no taco dressing, and no shredded cheese. Simple…a bit spicy for most Anglo tastes…and easy to eat in just a couple of bites. Usually comes 2 to an order on a paper plate. Current price: perhaps $3.00 for 2 tacos.

My version below has beef barbacoa (shredded beef), Pico de Gallo, a little Cotija cheese, and some cilantro. I embellish a little from the traditional street taco form factor. And since today is Taco Tuesday and I have an abundance of leftover Beef Barbacoa…time for a few Mexican Street Tacos.

BARBACOA CRUNCH WRAP SUPREME

So, what do you get when you combine the workings of a Taco Bell Crunch Wrap Supreme and Barbacoa Beef? You get a Barbacoa Crunch Wrap Supreme!

Barbacoa Beef is chuck r brisket slow cooked in a savory, a little spicy, chile, and stock, and lime juice liquid until fall apart tender. This one is made with chuck in my Instantpot. A Taco Bell Crumch Wrap is usually made with spicy ground beef. The Barbacoa elevates to a new flavor level.

Basically, it’s a flour tortilla wrapped around a bunch of good taco stuff along with a crunchy corn tortilla inside…all folded up and grilled until crunchy on the outside too.

After all is said and done…just hit the drive-thru! But, it was good.

Ingredients:

For the barbacoa beef:

  • 2 pounds beef chuck roast
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tbsp chipotle peppers in adobo, minced
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/4 cups beef stock
  • 1 small can diced green chiles
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp ground oregano
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice

For the crunch wrap:

  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • 4 small corn tortillas
  • 1 cup Spanish rice or cooked white rice
  • 2 cups cooked barbacoa beef (recipe above)
  • 1 1/2 cups Mexican blend cheese (half Monterey Jack, half Cheddar)
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup Pico de gallo
  • 1/4 cup Sriracha taco dressing or sour cream
  • Sour cream for garnish
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Canola oil for frying

Directions:

  • Trim excess fat from the chuck roast then cut into 2 inch chunks. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the Instantpot on saute and add 2 tbsp canola oil. When the oil is hot, add the beef chunks and brown thoroughly on all sides.
  • Add the chipotle, onions, garlic, beef stock, green chiles, cumin, oregano, ground cloves, and lime juice. Turn off Saute. Seal the lid and pressure cook for 50 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally. Remove the beef from the cooker and shred then chopped it. Return to the pot to keep warm.
  • Heat about 1/2 inch of canola oil in a skillet and lightly fry the corn tortillas until crispy. Drain on papers towels and set aside.
  • Heat a large flat griddle over medium high heat. Place the flour tortillas on the griddle for about 15 seconds per side to warm and make pliable.
  • Place the flour tortilla on a work surface.
  • To assemble, place 2-3 tbsp of the cheese on the tortilla. Top the cheese with 1/4 cup of the beef, then the crispy corn tortillas, then 1/4 cup of rice, then the lettuce, then the Sriracha taco dressing or sour cream, then 1/4 cup Pico de gallo, then a sprinkling of chopped cilantro. Fold up the sides of the flour tortillas, then fold up the ends 3 times each, pressing it all down to hold together. Place seam side down on the hot griddle and cook until golden brown, then flip and repeat with the other side.
  • To serve, add sour cream, Pico de gallo, and cilantro.

BAKED RIGATONI SAN MARZANO

Who does not love bake pasta dishes? Rigatoni, Ziti, Mostaccioli…they’re all good. This one is meatless…with a rich marinara sauce made with San Marzano tomatoes. The rigatoni is tossed with the sauce, and a ricotta/mozzarella/parmesan mix. Then topped with more mozzarella and parmesan. If you bake it right away, it only takes about 20 minutes to cook. But, you can put it together and bake it later…with a longer cook time of course.

This recipe is really cut down using a 9×9 baking dish. Still enough for 4 people.

Ingredients:

For the marinara:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, thin sliced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can of whole, peeled, San Marzano tomatoes
  • 2-3 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp sugar or to taste
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter

For the rigatoni:

  • 7 ounces of rigatoni
  • 3/4 cups whole ricotta
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme eaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped + more for garnish
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 8 ounces of fresh mozzarella, 1/2 of it diced
  • 3/4 cups grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Directions:

  • Place a medium saucepan over medium low heat and add the olive oil. Add the onions and saute about 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic for 30 seconds.
  • Add the San Marzano tomatoes and crushed with you hands or mash with a potato masher. Add the fresh basil and bay leaf. Add the salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, cover, lower the heat and cook for 30 minutes. Taste and reseason if necessary. Stir in the sugar and the butter. Optional: using an immersion blender, blend the marinara to your desired consistency.
  • Combine the ricotta, the salt and pepper, thyme, parsley, lemon zest, half the mozzarella, half the parmesan, and the egg. Mix well in a bowl.
  • Cook the rigatoni in salted water for about 9-10 minutes. Drain and don’t rinse. Return to the pan.
  • Place the ricotta mix in the pasta and fold in completely. Add 2 cups of the marinara and reserve the rest for another recipe. Freeze it if you like.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Stir every together until well combined then place in a oil-sprayed 9×9 baking dish. Top with the rest of the mozzarella and parmesan. Cover with foil and bake for 18 minutes. Remove the foil and turn to broil for about 2-3 minutes until the top is lightly browned. Remove from the oven. Tent lightly with the foil and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Serve with chopped parsley and more parmesan.

MEXICAN CHOPPED SALAD

Also known as a Taco Salad, they are not only tasty they are fun to eat!

What you put on this thing is so up to your individual tastes. This one has spicy ground beef, Spanish rice, kidney beans, Mexican blend cheese, Cotija cheese, chopped tomatoes, green onions, Chili Cheese Fritos,a spicy Sriracha crema, and chopped romaine and iceberg. Of course, feel free to add chopped cilantro, avocado, and salsa if you want.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • Avocado oil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Pace Chunky Salsa
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Taco seasoning (I make my own but you can use the stuff in a packet)
  • 2 cups chopped romaine
  • 2 cups chopped iceberg
  • 1 cup cooked kidney beans (drained and rinsed if using canned)
  • 1 cup Mexican blend cheese (Monterey Jack and cheddar0
  • 1/4 cup Cotija cheese, grated

For the Sriracha crema:

  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp chile powder
  • 1-2 tsp Sriracha
  • 1/8 tsp sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Spanish rice:

  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 1/4 cup diced onions
  • 2 tsp avocado oil
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup Pace Chunky Salsa

Directions:

For the ground beef:

  • Place a medium saucepan over medium high heat and add 2 tbsp avocado oil. Crumble in the ground bee and cook until no longer pink. Season with salt and pepper and the taco seasoning. Add 1/2 cup of salsa and 1/4 cup water. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook on low about 15 minutes. Uncover and simmer until most of the liquid has reduced.

For the Spanish rice:

  • Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat and add 2 tsp of avocado oil. Add the rice and saute, stirring, about 3-4 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and the cumin.
  • Add the stock and the salsa and bring to a simmer. Lower the heat, cover, and cook about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn of the heat and let it set for another 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Fluff with a fork and keep warm.
  • To assemble, place 2 cups of the lettuce mix in a large bowl or plate. Add some ground beef, then some rice, then some kidney beans.
  • Add the Mexican cheese, diced tomatoes, green onions, crema, Cotija cheese, and the Fritos.
  • Optionally, add chopped cilantro and diced avocado.

CLAM CHOWDER

I have made Clam Chowder hundreds of times with varying degrees of success, ie, tasting they way I want it to…or, resembling some of the best chowders I’ve had over the years.

This is a great new recipe of mine that kind of gets back to the basics. Please note that I would have liked to do this new recipe using fresh clams, but good chowder clams are not readily available around here (Central California)…so, canned clams.

This version is also cut way down in volume. I did this to minimize the waste if I didn’t turn out…I have “sh*t-canned” many chowder recipes right after cooking. However…this one is a keeper! At least I think so.

The clams I used are whole Bumble Bee Baby Clams, they are much better than the little cans of minced clams. And, a bottle of Bumble Bee clam juice. I might try two bottles next time, but this does have a nice mild clams chowder, and the baby clams chopped, not minced. Keep in mind that canned clams are already cooked, so they need to be heated through. Cook them too long and they become rubbery. One new ingredient this time: Old Bay seasoning.

Here’s how I made it…

Ingredients:

  • 3 thick slices of bacon, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sweet onions, diced
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1 (8 ounce) bottle of clam juice
  • 1 (10 ounce) can of whole baby clams
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 tsp chicken or clam base
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 fresh thyme sprig
  • 1/4 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp MSG (optional)
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups of Russet potatoes (about 1 medium), peeled, 1/2 inch diced and cook al dente

Directions:

  • Place a medium saucepan over medium low heat and add the chopped bacon. Cook the bacon until it is rendered and slightly crispy. Remove bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • To the saucepan with the bacon fat, add the onions and the celery and saute for 5-6 minutes until just softened, do not brown. Add 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp white pepper.
  • Turn up the heat to medium and add the sherry. Let it come to a simmer for about 2 minutes. Add the clam juice and the juice from the baby clams. Do not add the clams yet. Add the chicken base, garlic powder, Old Bay, bay leaf, and 1/4 tsp lemon pepper. Cover and allow to simmer for about 8 minutes.
  • Cook the diced potatoes in salted water for about 8 minutes until just barely tender. Drain and place in a bowl in the refrigerator to cool so they don’t get mushy.
  • Add the half and half to the chowder and bring to a low simmer.
  • Place 2 tbsp of butter and 2 tbsp of flour in a small saucepan and cook for about 1 minute to make a roux.
  • When the chowder is simmering, stir in the roux and allow to simmer, stirring, for about 3-4 minutes to thicken slightly. Add the cream and the baby clams. Let it simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • To make it thicker, make the roux with more butter and flour, or, make a slurry with the cornstarch and cold water. Add to the simmering chowder.
  • When ready to serve, remove the bay leaf and thyme sprig, add the cooked potatoes and 2/3 of the reserved cooked bacon to the chowder and heat through.
  • Serve with oyster cracker, more chopped bacon and chopped chives if desired.

CREAMY BUCATINI WITH BACON

I wouldn’t dare call this an “alfredo” or a “carbonara”. It has some elements of both, but I won’t call it either.

It is a very easy quick pasta dish that will pair well with a chopped salad and some garlic bread.

Here’s how I made it.

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces of bucatini pasta (you can use spaghetti or fettucine0
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter ( I like to use Irish butter in the recipe)
  • 2 garlic cloves, thin sliced
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 thick slices of bacon, cooked
  • 3 tbsp chopped chives or green onions

Directions:

  • Cook the bucatini in salted water until al dente, about 9 minutes. Do not drain
  • Place a medium skillet over medium low heat and add the butter. When the butter has melted, add the sliced garlic and saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add the cream and bring to a simmer. Let it simmer, stirring, for about 5-6 minutes until slightly reduced and thickened.
  • Dice the cooked bacon. Add 2/3 of it to the skillet. Add the parmesan cheese and stir in until melted. Add 2/3 of the chopped chives and turn off the heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Do not drain the pasta. Using tongs, place the cooked pasta in the skillet and toss until completely coated.
  • Plate with chopped chives and more bacon.

PORK FRIED RICE

Fried rice should be made with day old rice. Most of the time, I use day old jasmine rice, but almost any white rice will do. It just needs to be allowed to sit overnight in the fridge. In this case, I made Spanish Rice 2 days ago…and this Pork Fried Rice came out really flavorful.

You’ll find find Fried Rice recipes all over the internet and YouTube, but this one is just one of my favorites. Please note that MSG is in this recipe but is totally optional. It most certainly adds a level of umami that makes your fried rice, well…just like fried rice! MSG has made somewhat of a comeback of late. It was really given a bad rap in the 80’s, but it is not really that bad. Leave out some salt when you use MSG…you won’t need the extra sodium from salt.

Ingredients:

  • About 2-3 tablespoons of vegetable oil (I like to use avocado oil)
  • 2-3 large eggs, beaten well
  • 1/2 cup shallot, chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrot, 1/4 inch dice
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • Kosher salt
  • White pepper
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 4 cups day old cooked white rice
  • 2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp MG (optional)

Directions:

  • Mix together in a small bowl the soy sauce, fish sauce, sesame oil, and sugar and set aside.
  • In a wok or large skillet over medium heat, heat 2 tsp of oil and add the eggs. Stir and and cook for about 30 seconds. Then remove to a plate a set aside. When cool, slice into slivers.
  • Heat 2 more tsp oil and add the shallot and diced carrots. Cook, stirring, for about 3 minutes.
  • Raise the heat and add the ground pork. Cook while breaking it up with a large spoon. Cook until no loaner pink. Season with salt and white pepper to taste.
  • Stir in the ginger, garlic, and peas and stir for about 1 minute.
  • Add the rice and start tossing to cook, abut 2 minutes. Add more oil if needed so it doesn’t stick in the wok.
  • Stir in the green onions. Season with MSG if using.
  • Toss to combiner then fold in the scrambled eggs. Serve immediately.