How to

This one is a chinese staple and a great way of using up leftover rice. It uses really cheap ingredients and whatever veg that’s in your fridge. I like to use peppers, courgette, carrots, mushrooms just to name a few examples but it’s equally okay with just spring onions. Aldi sell these sachets of precooked rice and grains which you can substitute if you don’t have any leftover rice and they work just as well. The sesame oil and soy sauce are somethings you may not have to hand but they are cheap from Seoul Plaza, the korean supermarket on bristol road and are definitely worth investing in as they can be used to bring to life so many asian style dishes.


  • Cooked rice

  • Spring onions

  • Whatever quick cooking veg you have left in your fridge (not turnips or butternut squash or potatoes but things you could conventionally eat raw if you wanted to)

  • Soy sauce

  • Sesame oil

  • Vegetable oil

  • White pepper (optional)


  • Dice whatever veg you want into small cubes. It’s important they’re fairly small (less than a centimetre cubed) because you want them to cook quickly and not require and knife and fork action.

  • Fry all the veg together in a little bit of vegetable oil until tender and then remove them into a bowl

  • Now get the pan really hot, add a little vegetable oil and then your rice. If you are using leftover rice it is important you get it really hot because it can be dangerous if it’s not heated through properly. The easiest way to know it’s hot enough is to spread the rice thinly across the pan and look for individual grains hopping around. They will pop up and down a little bit. You can also just touch the rice, if it is too hot for your fingers to touch then you know you’re okay. Alternatively, use the precooked sachet rice mentioned earlier.

  • Once your rice is ready, add spring onions and put all your cooked veg back in the pan and mix through the rice.

  • Then season with sesame oil, soy sauce and white pepper if you have it. All of this is to your own taste so I deliberately haven’t included measurements. It’s a good way to start tasting your food as you cook and the joy of this method is it turns out exactly how you like it to taste every single time.

  • Once it’s all heated through again you’re done.