As everyone knows, we live up on a Mountain in Costa Rica… In the middle of nowhere…
Where the closest “Mom&Pop’s shop” is at the bottom of the Mountain and across the river,
the closest “supermarket” is almost an hour away, and the closest gas station
(as well as any Restaurants/Fast Food Places) is 75 minutes away… So when we
DO decide to go out, there’s always a reason and a purpose to do so haha!
But there are times, whether it’s after one of those ‘Going-Out Trips’, or after Shabbat ends,
or when there’s been a lot of work throughout the day, when we just want to make something to eat that’s easy, tastes good, and most of all is quick to do… Which is where our ‘Chinese Rice’ comes in! If you have lived/been around Costa Rica long enough, you will notice that the locals here eat a lot of rice, particularly in a dish mixed with beans called ‘gallo pinto’. So there is almost always a pot of rice done and ready for whenever it’s needed, which really comes in handy when you are gonna make a quick ‘Fast Food-Style’ meal, like Chinese Rice!
So this is our version of Chinese Rice. It’s a much simpler, healthier version than
any Chinese Rice you’ll find at a restaurant, without any MSG, and filled with lots
of great vegetables that most people have around the house everyday!
*3-4 Cups of Rice
* 5-8 Cups of the Following Vegetables:
—Finely Sliced- Onions
—Red/Green Sweet Peppers
—Finely Shredded- Cabbage
—Finely Diced- Garlic
*2-4 Large Eggs
*1/3 Cup Soy Sauce
*2 Tablepoons Tomato Paste
*Salt, Pepper, etc. Seasonings, To Taste
*Water(To Add with the Soy Sauce/Tomato Paste/Seasonings)
*Oil to Stir-Fry the Vegetables
*OPTIONAL: Any leftover Shredded Clean Meats/Poultry(Chicken, Beef, Lamb, etc.) you may have laying around in your Refrigerator is GREAT to use in this recipe!
1. In a Large Skillet, heat up the oil, and then add your sliced, shredded, and diced vegetables, and add a pinch of salt. Stir it so it doesn’t burn, and cook until all the vegetables are soft.
2. While the vegetables are cooking, mix/whisk the eggs and a pinch of salt in a bowl.
3. In a separate bowl mix/whisk together the Soy Sauce, Tomato Paste, Seasonings, as well as some water so that the mixture is easier to incorporate into the rice, and so that it goes further.
4. Once the vegetables are done, add the eggs, stir and cook until the eggs are done.
5. Once the eggs are done, add the Soy Sauce mixture into the Skillet, stir slightly.
6. Add the Rice, stir until everything is incorporated and combined nicely. If it it still needs some more seasoning, add some extra Soy Sauce+Salt.
7. Serve, give thanks, and EAT!
Until Next Time…
The Montañez Family
L’Chaim Pura Vida!