Basil Chicken Fried Rice


My favorite restaurant always had my fried rice dish to perfection but they moved recently and I am disappointed I could not find a replacement. The last time I ordered the dish had me declare to cook it for myself from then on.  A simple dish, but re-heating precooked items in an overload amount of oil, dry pepper flakes, and fish sauce  just won’t cut it for me.

The recipe I use yields a wholesome and tasty dish.  Every grain of rice gets coated with a sautéed sauce mixture that is perfectly seasoned to taste. The meat gets cook to tender and the fresh basil fragrance is intoxicating.  Best of all, it is easy to make using just a few ingredients you most likely 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.

Happy eating!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece


Discovering the magic of doodling was quite fun and rewarding. They are the ‘masterpieces’ of my doodling works in this challenge.

This project was about exercising the principle elements of design (unity, balance, emphasis, etc.) If you are interested in making it, the task was to make 2×2 squares, doodle random things into the squares; make photocopies of the squares, reduce them to 1×1 (by 50%), cut, arrange the squares into three 8′ x 8′ compositions that illustrate – bilateral symmetry, Asymmetry, and Radial symmetry.

the work in progress
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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