Leftover Chinese fried rice is generally not all it’s cracked up to be. First off, it doesn’t help that fresh fried rice, when made properly, is made from day-old rice anyhow. Secondly, things can be even worse if the fried rice wasn’t full of tons of fabulous ingredients from the start. There are far too many restaurants out there who put far too few vegetables into their fried rice. However, I have discovered the key to making fried rice fabulous again, and it apparently involves lots of peppers.
So I had leftover chicken fried rice. I dumped it into a plate and sprinkled on some water, then microwaved until hot. The water allows the rice to attempt to regain a semblance of it’s former plumpness. I also plopped down a few pieces of bonus sesame chicken, just to liven things up a bit. Then, I piled on some chopped yellow and orange sweet peppers, basil, green onion, and a generous pile of ground peppercorns. It was really good, and made fabulous what would have otherwise been a rather mediocre pile of leftover fried rice.