We have yet to find a weeknight dinner as simple and satisfying as fried rice. Just scrounge around in the fridge for some day-old rice, protein of any kind (chicken, shrimp, and tofu would all be tasty), and whatever veggies you’ve got on hand, and you’re halfway there. This version, courtesy of Biren from Roti n Rice, makes use of dried shrimp and kimchi to make a kid-approved meal for any night of the week.

2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/3 cup (40g) dried shrimp, soaked and drained
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup (200g) chopped kimchi
½ cup (75g) frozen green peas
3 cups (450g) day old rice
1 tbsp soy sauce
½ tsp ground pepper

1. In a large nonstick pan, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Fry dried shrimp until crispy, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove and set aside.

2. In the same pan, add remaining 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Sauté minced garlic for 1 minute. Add chopped kimchi and fry for 2 minutes. Add frozen peas and continue to cook for another 2 minutes.

3. Add rice, soy sauce, and pepper. Stir to get everything well mixed and cook until rice is dry and fluffy. This will take 4 to 5 minutes.

4. Finally, mix in the fried shrimp. Give it a good stir. Turn off heat and transfer to serving plates. Serve immediately.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Biren from Roti n Rice

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