Packed Lunch #11: Celery Fried Rice

“And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on My name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is My people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.” (Zechariah 13:9)

As I was thinking of what to write today, my mind was brought to this particular verse in the Bible. Although this verse is prophetic in nature, it bears significant meaning to me. Gold and silver have to go through refining in the flames to become purified that they may gleam brightly. When we go through trials and difficulties in life, each and every one of those experiences make us better and more useful for Him. However hot the fires are, we ultimately are drawn closer to Him, to have faith and to truth. He never leaves us not forsakes us. That is comforting, right?

And what does this little thought have to do with today’s recipe? My thought processes started from celery and then it went to how celery totally changes flavour when cooked… and that eventually led to the thought of how trials and difficulties in life also change us in ways that can be for the better. Romans 8:28 is my mostest favourite verse when it comes to the topic of trials for Christians.

Coming back to celery though. The flavour does go through a magical transformation after a very brief sautéing. It goes from being slightly spicy, astringent and sharp to mellow, sweet and liquorice-y. Not unlike garlic and onions. But celery certainly has a very strong character and this is why I love to have it both raw or cooked.

It also lends a nice well-rounded flavour to something so simple as fried rice. This recipe is not very much different from my other fried rice recipes but I just want to share with you the various kinds of things can can in fact go into this dish. Practically any kind of leftover can be added in and still make it delicious.

Rice, Celery, Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic, Eggs, Leftover Cooked Chicken Patties, Soy Sauce, Salt & Pepper
Celery Fried Rice 1

I would consider celery an aromatic in this so the first step would be to saute the garlic and celery with a pinch of salt until it gets slightly soft.
Celery Fried Rice 2

Push all that aside and make way for the eggs. For me, eggs is almost a must in every fried rice.Celery Fried Rice 3

Then the tomatoes and meat are tossed in to heat through. My aunt made these chicken patties and I had a few too many pieces around after frying them up for sandwiches. Very flavourful with the spices she added in.Celery Fried Rice 4

Finally rice and a splash of soy sauce for umami.Celery Fried Rice 5

A few quick tosses and we have lunch all ready.Celery Fried Rice 8

One thing about fried rice is that the veggies and meat are all in one bowl. No need for separate bowls or plates. Celery Fried Rice 7

And it’s really quick to whip up if you have leftover rice in the fridge.Celery Fried Rice 6

What do you usually add into your fried rice? Do you plan ahead or just throw in whatever you fancy?

xoxoxo, Jayne

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Celery Fried Rice
serves 2

Ingredients:

2 cups Leftover/Day-old Rice, grains separated with wet hand*
2 stalks Celery, chopped
2 cloves Garlic, minced
2 Eggs, beaten
6-8 Cherry Tomatoes, chopped
1 cup leftover Meat (I used leftover steamed chicken patties, cubed)
2 tbsp Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp Salt
pinch of Pepper
2 tbsp Vegetable Oil

  1. Heat up oil in a deep frying pan or wok on MED HIGH heat.
  2. Toss in celery, garlic and salt. Saute for 1 minute until veggies have slightly softened.
  3. Push the celery aside and pour in beaten eggs. Leave it to set for a few seconds before breaking and mixing it up.
  4. Add in cherry tomatoes and leftover meat. Stir to mix.
  5. Pour in the rice, soy sauce and pepper. Use 2 spatulas to break up lumps and to mix everything up evenly. If it looks too dry, add 1-2 tbsp water/broth as needed.
  6. Once everything has heated through, serve up!
  7. Delicious hot or in room temperature, with sliced cucumbers and some chilli sauce.

Comments

  1. I just came from someone’s blog post which features a celery soup (celery as main ingredient) and thought myself I never thought celery as main ingredient. Now on your blog I thought the same! I gotta try this out! I like adding lettuce in my fried rice, but never tried celery yet. I’m so curious. Lots of fibers and good for us. Love celery. 🙂 Looks delicious, Jayne!

    • haha… Glad to reaffirm something new to you! Using celery as a main ingredient is something rather new to my cooking arsenal, though I love Malay spiced soups that use celery as one of it’s major flavour components. Looking forward to see what you come up with, Nami! Thanks for your compliment. 🙂 It was pretty delicious.

  2. Thanks for popping by, and I love what you feature on your blog! Nice choice for a blog name, as we do a lot of tinkering, yes definitely!

    • Hi Jehanne. I quite like your blog too. Very interesting array of dishes and such over there. We do tinker a lot don’t we? 😀 I added “Tenacious” in the front because I want to encourage people to keep on keeping on even if there are fails. That was how I learnt to cook. I’m still learning.

  3. I love fried rice! I never try adding tomatoes or celery into the mix. Sounds like a great idea. I shall try! Have a lovely week Jayne.

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