Thai street vendor food can be quiet inexpensive, not to mention absolutely delicious! But what is their secret to these sidewalk dishes? Here is a basic fried rice commonly made by street vendors and fine restaurants alike. It's best to use day-old rice that's been cooked and sitting at room temperature (just leave it in the rice cooker for best results). We add roasted chile paste which gives a perfect, authentic flavor which is just a tad spicy. Try making some Thai shrimp fried rice.
Ingredients for street vendor style shrimp fried rice:
2 eggs, lightly beaten, with a pinch of salt
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 onion coarsely sliced
1/4 cup sliced fresh serano or Thai chile peppers (seeds removed)
6 cups cooked jasmine rice (made the day before, left at room temp in rice cooker works best)
1 tablespoon Golden Mountain Sauce
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 1/2 tablespoon roasted chile paste (namprik pao)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon Thai pepper powder
1/2 cup broccoli, cut into small florets
1 tomato, cut into wedges
2 green onions, finely sliced
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok or skillet over medium heat. Add eggs and let it cook, flip it over and with a spatula chop the egg up into smaller pieces. Transfer egg to a plate and set aside.
Heat remaining oil in wok, add garlic and saute until golden brown. Add chicken and stir-fry briefly over high heat for 3-4 minutes. Add onion, chile pepper, and broccoli. Stir well. In a separate bowl, pour the next 7 ingredients onto the cooked rice. Gently add all of that to the wok, and stir it carefully to avoid smashing or breaking the rice. Throughly mix everything. Add tomato, green oinion, and egg, then stir fry for just a brief minute or two. Remove from heat. Serve garnished with sliced cucumber. Enjoy!