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Apr
09

Grandma’s ginger fried rice

I remember spending most of my very young days at Ah Ma’s. Hanging out with Ah Ma as she do her daily chores and cooking, or hanging out with Ah Gong as he does his artistic projects. I try to be helpful most of the time, with my little hands. I sure am their pet grandchild with good reasons.

For that, I am skilled in many little things that surprises most people. Like how many people living in a city like Singapore could mend fish nets? Who knows how to really polish up brass, marble, stones? Does anybody make really good chili sauces or do you just buy them from the supermarket? How about the best home ground pepper? Yep, thats right, this are little skills that I learn hanging around my grandparents.

Prepping basic ingredients. Fresh chili adds a bite to it, but is really optional.

Prepping basic ingredients. Fresh chili adds a bite to it, but is really optional.

Sadly, grandparents are not around anymore. But the things that I learnt from them will be with me always.

One of the many little things that I learned from Ah Ma, is her recipe of ginger fried rice. Ah Ma must have known that I would be such a world traveller, and this fried rice recipe of hers would “bring” to me smells of home in any distant land. The main ingredients, ginger, garlic, eggs and rice are available every where I have been. 

Browning the 1st ingredients.

Browning the 1st ingredients.

Preparation: 1) Peel ginger, slice thinly and cut into strips. 2) Mince garlic. 3) Chop chili into small pieces (optional).  4) Crack egg(s) into a bowl, add salt and beat (if you like).  5) Rinse and chop coriander (optional)

Cooking, for 2: 1) Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan, add ginger, garlic and chili. Medium heat. Stir. 2) When starting to turn brown, add 2 cups rice. Add dashes of light soy on the rice. Stir and try to mix everything evenly.

Ah Ma's Ginger fried rice.

Ah Ma's Ginger fried rice.

3) After 3mins, add eggs and stir. Again try to mix evenly into rice. Add pepper powder, if you like. Stir and fry for 10 mins, or till you are sure everything is cooked. 4) Serve and add coriander.

There you have it, a very simple dish. Give it a try and hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

In loving memory of Ah Ma…

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2 Responses to “Grandma’s ginger fried rice”


  1. May 7, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Wow! sounds delicious and really easy to do. I’ll try it when I get the chance!


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