The quickest, and most authentic way to make this hearty version of a Chinese-restaurant favorite is to start with leftover rice (you'll need about three cups). But even if you start with raw rice, you'll still be ready to eat in well under an hour.

ingredients

  • For the Rice:
  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain rice
  • For the Mushrooms:
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1/2 pound cremini mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps sliced
  • 1/2 pound white mushrooms, sliced thin

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 6 scallions including green tops, sliced thin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup frounceen peas
  • 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil

directions

FOR THE RICE:

Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Stir in the rice and boil until just done, about 10 minutes. Drain the rice and set aside to cool.

FOR THE MUSHROOMS:

Meanwhile, in a large nonstick frying pan or wok, heat 1 tablespoon of the cooking oil over moderately high heat. Add half the mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms are tender and golden, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining mushrooms and another tablespoon of the cooking oil. Add these mushrooms to the plate.

TO ASSEMBLE:

In the same frying pan, heat the remaining tablespoon of cooking oil over moderate heat. Add the red pepper flakes, ginger and scallions and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Increase the heat to moderately high and add the rice, salt and soy sauce. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes and then add the peas and mushrooms. Cook, stirring, until everything's warm, another 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the sesame oil.

Tip: Most people throw away shiitake stems because they're tough. But you can simmer them gently in stock, or any liquid, until they're tender. If that's too much trouble, just save them to add flavor to stock.

WINE RECOMMENDATION:

Salty, sweet and hot Asian food lends itself as no other cuisine to the fruity piquancy of German rieslings. Try a simple Qualitaswein bestimmter Anbaugebiete (QbA) from the Mosel for best effect.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.

RecID 2939

nutrition information per serving

433 calories; 12g total fat; 0mg cholesterol; 1238mg sodium; 70g carbohydrates; 5g fiber; 10g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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