Basil Chicken Fried Rice


My favorite restaurant always cook my fried rice dishes to perfection but they moved across town recently.  After hopping a couple of restaurants, I am disappointed at the replacements that I could find.  Especially the quality of the last fried rice dish I ordered had me declare that I shall cook this dish for myself from then on.  Such an easy dish but to re-heat pre-cooked items in a wok with oil and pepper flakes just won’t cut it for my taste.

The recipe that I use yields a wholesome and tasty dish.  Every grain of rice is coated with a sautéed sauce that is perfectly seasoned to taste, the meat is fresh and tender, and the basil’s fragrance is intoxicating.  Best of all, it is easy to make and uses ingredients most likely to already have on hand.

If rice is one of your household’s staple and if you have a sweet basil pot growing by your window.  You might find this recipe a summer’s favorite.

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  • 4 cups of cooked jasmine/long grain rice (use when rice is warm)
  • 4 cloves garlic (crush)
    4 chili  peppers (crush)
  • 1 ½ lbs chicken meat (cube to bite sizes)
  • ¼ cup cooking oil
    3 tablespoon oyster sauce
    2 tablespoon fish sauce
    1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 medium size red bell pepper (julienne)
  • 2 cups fresh sweet basil leaves

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Heat oil in a deep pan or wok over high heat. Wait ’till the oil starts to smoke
—–Add crushed garlic and crushed chili peppers
Stir quickly (don’t let them burn)
—–Immediately add sliced chicken meat
Stir
—–Add oyster sauce, fish sauce, sugar
Stir until the chicken is cooked through
—–Add already cooked rice
Stir for a couple minutes until sauce mixture is blended with rice
—–Add red bell peppers
Stir a another 30 seconds
Turn off the heat
—–Add basil leaves
Turn the rice a few times to distribute basil leaves throughout

Serve Immediately

Happy eating!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece


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I came to discover the magic of doodling during a recent project I was working on.  It can be quite fun and rewarding; and these are the ‘masterpieces’ of my doodling works, :-)

  • This project was to help us put to use the principle elements of design – unity, balance, emphasis, etc.   The tasks were to doodle random things into squares; make lots of photocopies of the squares and use them to arrange three 8′ x 8′ compositions that illustrate – Bilateral symmetry, Asymmetry, and Radial symmetry.
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the work in progress

 

PIECE#1  –  BILATERAL SYMMETRY
an image of which the two cut halves along a central axis are mirror images of each other

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PIECE#2  –  ASYMMETRY
an image of which the two cut halves along the central axis are not mirrored each other. A lack of balance or symmetry

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PIECE#3  –  RADIAL SYMMETRY
a symmetrical arrangement of radiating parts from the central point

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