Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lemongrass Chai Tea and Fried Rice Omelet

Fried rice omelet, you ask? Yes. Fried Rice Omelet. We all eat eggs in our fried rice, so why not put fried rice in our eggs.

This was my logic when coming up with this meal. I had some left-over fried rice from a meal I cooked for one of my clients. I wasn't really craving any, but I did not want to waste it either.

An omelet. That's what I want. Hmmm....(Brain wheels turning).

And in an instant, the Fried Rice Omelet was born! After making the first one, I ate one of these babies everyday for at least a week.

This morning I stared at my fridge for 5 minutes straight.

Have you ever been hungry, but didn't know what you wanted to eat. So you open the fridge...stare inside for a couple of minutes...go sit the fridge again and stare inside another few minutes, as if something new and delicious just magically appeared? Knowing darn well that the same boring food that was in your refrigerator 5 minutes ago, is the same boring food that is going to be in there the next 10 times you look!

I think I spent 30 minutes going back and forth to my fridge, trying to figure out what I wanted to eat. And then I decided to make my new favorite omelet.

And a cup of Chai Tea.

But not just any Chai Tea. Chai tea steeped with fresh ginger and lemongrass. Finished with a little sprinkle of cinnamon.

This omelet is more like a brunch, lunch, or breakfast-for-dinner type of omelet. I would not categorize a Fried Rice Omelet as a breakfast meal, because it may be a little hearty, but it was definitely what I needed to start my day today.

Fried Rice Omelet

1/2 cup left-over fried rice
2 whole eggs
1/2 inch ginger, peeled and chopped finely
1 tablespoon chili oil, or regular vegetable/canola oil
2 scallions, roughly chopped
1/4 cup cheddar cheese (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a bowl, crack eggs and whisk them together. Add ginger, season w/ salt and pepper to taste, t and stir once more.

Heat a skillet on medium heat. Add oil. When skillet is hot and the fried rice. Cook for about 1 minute. Spread rice in skillet so it is evenly layered.

Pour eggs over the fried rice. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Flip the omelete, and cook 1 more minute.

Add the scallions. At this point, you can add your cheese, if using, and either roll the egg like an omelet, or leave it flat, like a frittata. If leaving it flat, you may need to place the skillet under the broiler for a few seconds to melt the cheese (if you are using cheese).

Drizzle with a little more chili oil if you'd like and enjoy!


  1. I love this idea! Whenever I get Chinese food, there's always tons of leftover fried rice that just goes to waste. Plus, omelettes are ridiculously yummy to begin with. Great combination!

  2. @Koci: Thank you. It really is a great way to use leftovers, and it tastes great.

  3. wow...iam always looking for stuff to do with leftover rice. I should make this... I am sure my husband will go nuts over it. thanks for poting! lovely site by the way :)



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