For some reason I can never get the quantity of rice I cook right. I always end up cooking much more than is needed. Luckily, I have found a delicious way to use the leftovers.

The beauty of this dish is that you can use nearly any leftovers to make it. Maybe you don’t have leftover rice, but some leftover pork, chicken or beef, whether from a roast or braai. Or maybe the veggies in your fridge are reaching their expiry date. Whatever the case, you can use it to make this yummy dish, just add rice or noodles.

Another perk of cooking this dish is that you can be creative; add whatever combination or relation of meat or vegetables suits your taste.

This is what I normally use:
• 1 onion, finely chopped
• 2 tbsp oil
• Garlic, to taste, chopped finely (fresh is better, but not necessary)
• ½ green pepper, chopped
• 1 carrot, halved and finely sliced
• 1 cup of mushrooms, chopped
• Cooked chicken, beef or pork (or a mix thereof), cubed
• 1 egg, beaten with a splash of milk
• Cooked rice, or two minute noodles
• Soy sauce, to taste

That’s it. That’s all you need to make a tasty, filling meal. As I said, you can play around with combinations or relations that suit your taste. For example, I am not a big fan of ginger, but if you like it, add a 3cm root, finely chopped.

You can also add celery, cabbage, peas, corn, the list goes on…
If you’re a vegetarian, why not replace the meat with nuts?

This is how you do it:

1. Firstly, if you don’t have leftover rice, cook some (according to the instructions) to use in the dish. I prefer basmati, but any rice will work.
2. Now, fry the onion and garlic (and ginger, if wanted) gently in a tablespoon of oil for about 5 minutes without browning it.
3. Turn up the heat and add the meat, frying it for 1 minute.
4. Add the rest of the oil and vegetables and fry for 5 minutes, tossing regularly.
5. Add the cooked rice.
6. Make a hollow in the middle of the rice, and pour the egg into this.
7. As the egg thickens, slowly stir it into the rice.
8. Stir the rice, eggs, meat and vegetables until they are thoroughly combined.
9. Serve with a generous splash of soy sauce.

I sometimes substitute the rice with noodles. For this I use 2-minute noodles. I just cook the noodles without its flavourants, and add it instead of the rice.

And that’s it! You’ve used up your leftovers and created a delicious meal.

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