This is not authentic fried rice by any means. It's the sort of fried rice you make when you're broke and have left-over rice and not much else. But it's (often) tasty, and it's cheap!
- leftover rice, about two cups
- two or three eggs
- some butter or oil/sesame oil
- a bunch of green onions or half an onion
- a stick or two of celery
- A bit of ginger
- other vegetables if you have them -- a carrot, some peas, broccoli, whatever
- soy sauce if you have it
- Salt, pepper
(1) Dice up the onion and the ginger pretty fine. Melt the butter in a large skillet. This works best with butter, but if you're too broke, you can use some sort of vegetable oil and add a little sesame oil for flavoring. You can even leave out the sesame oil if you're really broke.
(2) Cook about half the onion and half the ginger in the butter/oil for a few minutes, and then break the eggs into the onion/ginger/oil mix. Scramble until the eggs are barely set. Don't over-cook. Remove the eggs from the pan into a bowl and set aside.
(3) Add more butter or oil. Slice up your celery and other vegetables into slender bite-size pieces and cook them and the rest of the ginger and onion for a few minutes in the butter.
(4) Add the rice. Cook and stir the rice and the vegetables for three or four minutes, stirring constantly. Add the soy sauce and sesame oil if you have it. Keep stirring. Now add the eggs back in. Stir some more.
(5) Season with salt and pepper to taste. When everything is hot and tasty, it's ready to eat!