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What do the Chinese takeaways put in their egg fried rice to make it so gorgeous?

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PeachesMcLean Mon 17-Sep-07 16:52:02

It's just not the same when I do it at home.
What's the magic ingredient?

Cashncarry Mon 17-Sep-07 16:52:42

Lard grin

Carmenere Mon 17-Sep-07 16:53:07


Cashncarry Mon 17-Sep-07 16:53:41

sorry - not very helpful, I know blush

what do you put in yours? I find a touch of hoi-sin sauce or a little bit of sweet chilli sauce is good.

<whispers> sometimes I even use a chinese oxo although I know that oxo cubes are the work of the devil, really!

Freckle Mon 17-Sep-07 16:53:42

Peas wink

cornsilk Mon 17-Sep-07 16:54:19


ledodgy Mon 17-Sep-07 16:54:24

You need to wait until the rice is cold before you fry it. Rice that is just boiled doens't fry properly. Also the oil you use is important , groundnut oil is good.

GreatAuntieWurly Mon 17-Sep-07 16:54:56

heroin, thats why its soooooo addictive and you know its bad for you but you still end up having it the following weekwink

belgo Mon 17-Sep-07 16:56:06

MSG, as Carmenere says

chopster Mon 17-Sep-07 16:57:24

msg, you can actually buy it in chinese food stores.

smeeinit Mon 17-Sep-07 16:57:53

my parents owned a peking restaurant which i managed for 11 years and i have to say it is very likely the MSG that make sit soooo tasty!
ledodgy is correct in that cold rice frys up better but we used to fry up freshly cooked rice also.....if you are leaving your rice to go cold,be carefull to use it right away as bacteria breeds very quick in cooked rice. smile

cornsilk Mon 17-Sep-07 16:59:14

We bought msg once from the chinese supermarket. Wasn't sure what it was meant to do so put loads in. Kept putting more and more in as we couldn't taste it.

FluffyMummy123 Mon 17-Sep-07 17:00:30

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PeachesMcLean Mon 17-Sep-07 17:00:48

So is MSG desperately unhealthy? (got to be, to be so tasty). My mum always said of nice things "It's illegal, it's immoral or it makes you fat" wink

smeeinit Mon 17-Sep-07 17:05:51

not desperatly unhealthy no!

PeachesMcLean Mon 17-Sep-07 17:10:44

Thanks smee, it's got a bad reputation hasn't it but I remember reading in the Observer a few years ago which talks about that and the evidence in favour of it. I've also just found another site which says you can use it in place of salt and reduce the sodium content of your meal(if you're generally adding salt that is)

Can you buy it in Tesco or will I need to go to Wing Yip or similar?

smeeinit Mon 17-Sep-07 17:15:17

peaches,we used to get a few people asking for their food with no MSG in the restaurant as they were allergic to it and some as it was considered "bad" for you. but the food certainly tasted better with it!
will ahve a look to see where you can buy it.......

smeeinit Mon 17-Sep-07 17:18:51

here you go peaches!!

PeachesMcLean Mon 17-Sep-07 17:22:06

Aaah, you're great you are. Now I'll know what to look for!

smeeinit Mon 17-Sep-07 17:23:32

gee thanks peaches blush

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