Without even looking at our grocery receipt and sitting down to divide every item we bought by tablespoons and then to muliply by the number of tablespoons we used in this recipe, we are pretty sure that we made this rice dish for four people for much less than $5.00.
We love this recipe because we love fried rice. When we were growing up, our mothers always made fried rice using leftover from the fridge: leftover steamed rice, leftover ham, vegetables, shrimps, bbq pork, etc. Fried rice is just a Chinese way to use up leftover scraps. The best fried rice is actually made with cold rice from the fridge. Freshly steamed rice will make the fried rice too mushy. The fried rice will get stucked to the wok and is difficut to flip and stir if freshly steamed rice is used. Fried rice was never meant to be a dish made out of freshly cooked rice, it's always meant to be a dish to use up leftovers from previous meals.
So after buying a package of bacon and a bunch of green onions for the salad we made the other night, we decided to use up the bacon by making Chinese fried rice out of it. We never really liked bacon, cause we found it too salty, hard and crispy when eaten alone. Bacon is just not our cup of tea. Just we needed the dripping and the bacon bits to try out this salad recipe..... we were stucked with a whole package of it.
Surprisingly, the bacon worked very well with the fried rice and we really enjoyed the way it seasoned the fried rice and the texture it added. Mixed with the fried rice and green onion, the greasiness and fatty texture of the bacons (we didn't cook it to a hard chip) became not noticeable. Instead, we felt like we were having some really tasty meat or ham with fried rice. A bowl of fried rice just brought back childhood memories of how our mothers used to feed us a bowl of fried rice and an apple or an orange for our lunch. Fried rice is often eaten as a side dish here in America, but it was always the one dish meal for our families... This explains why we are skinny even when we don't care for eating low-fat health food...Click here to see this cheap and easy fried rice recipe.