I bring a packed lunch to work most days. My body thanks me for the home cooked nourishment. In my first office job many years ago, I took fried rice to lunch every day for at least a year. It was my mum’s recipe and it was completely and utterly delicious. Sadly it’s not something my body would thank me for today… the recipe called for lashings of kecap manis (a sweet soy sauce) and a generous amount of diced bacon.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about how I could recreate a version to live up to the fading memory of mum’s fried rice. So, when I was organised enough to have some day-old rice in the fridge, I got my act together. This easy fried rice is the result, with oyster mushrooms taking the place that bacon once did. I’ve made it many times since.
Easy gluten-free vegan fried rice
1 red onion, diced
3 spring onions, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, grated
1cm ginger, grated
2 tbsp dry sherry
2 tbsp gluten-free soy sauce
1/2 tsp sesame oil
4-6 oyster mushrooms, finely sliced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 zucchini, diced
1 cup green peas (washed if frozen)
3 cups cooked basmati rice, refrigerated for one day
1/2 cup baked tofu, cut into small cubes
Heat some oil in a wide-based pan and add red onion. Once starting to brown, add spring onions, garlic and ginger, and cook until fragrant.
Then add the sherry to deglaze the pan. Once the the liquid has evaporated, add the soy sauce and sesame oil, followed by the mushrooms. Cook for 2-4 minutes.
Add carrot, zucchini and peas and mix through to combine. Cook for a further 5 minutes then add the rice and tofu and mix until well combined.
Serve with extra soy sauce and eat on its own or as a side with a stir fry.