Five Ingredient Dinner – Fried Rice with Sirloin

Neither this dish or the Five Ingredient Lunch was conceived or cooked with a five ingredient shtick in mind, but I guess it’s a reasonable number of flavours and textures to put in food if it’s not to be too messy on the palate. Actually, what I really mean is five main components, since ingredients should also include for example salt, pepper, water and oil. This has kindly been pointed out to me by people who are as nitpicking and obnoxious as me, so I’ll just smile and wave and claim artistic liberty.

As you can see, this photo has plenty of motion blur, because the little red compact camera and I have different opinions on how photography is best carried out. The ingredients are: shredded beef sirloin, which has been marinated in a mix of soy, water, garlic and vinegar, rice, carrots, red onion, green chili pepper.

Rice is in the pot, meat drained of surplus marinade, and I simply can’t help but like pictures of prepared ingredients on cutting boards. Especially when the cutting was done with a lovely Japanese knife – a knife that’s so sharp I won’t use it when I’m in a hurry.

The carrots are the crunchiest ingredient, so they fry first.

Adding onions and chilies.

Adding meat. Sirloin of beef bought shredded like this is of course the trimmed off pieces of a proper steak, but a good way for stores and suppliers to minimize waste as well as a neat way for cheapskates like me to get good meat at reasonable prices, since a tray of shredded meat like this comes at less than half the price of a whole piece of sirloin of equal weight. There’s no point in trying to cook these thin shreds medium; focus on getting  a good sear and the marinade will keep the meat reasonably juicy anyway.

Long time readers (if there are any, I’m not sure) will have noticed that I often mix everything in rice dishes. I think it’s a good way to spread flavour around and get the rice a bit more interesting. It does seldom look very posh, but elegance isn’t the only way for a dish to appeal visually.

Then again, with a bit of effort, the completed dish can still look fairly posh.


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