There are times when you just haven't thought ahead about what to cook and throwing random stuff from the refrigerator into a pan becomes dinner. One of these unplanned experiments led to what I called the Asian Taco.
Looking in the fridge, I found fresh eggs, one pound of ground beef, a couple pieces of unused sliced jalapeno chiles, and 1/2 cup of day old rice. I mixed the ground beef with 1 teaspoon ground white pepper, a tablespoon of soy sauce, and 2 teaspoons of sherry wine. I set the beef aside for it to absorb the flavors.
I took one large egg and beat it. I sprayed a pan with cooking oil and let it heat until a drop of water throw onto the surface jumped up and around immediately. Then I poured half the egg into the pan and gently (but quickly) swirled it around to form a thin layer.
As soon as the edges of the egg began to curl, I used a wide spatula to flip the egg over. Once the underside began to lightly brown, I removed the egg and repeated with the other half of the beaten egg. I then cut the egg into wide strips.
I then cut the long strips into thin strips.
Then, I heated a tablespoon of vegetable oil with the jalapenos that I found.
Once the oil was hot, I put the beef and any excess liquid into the pan, breaking apart the meat with a wooden spoon.
After allowing the beef to cook for a few minutes while stirring, I dissolved a heaping teaspoon of cornstarch in about a tablespoon of water. Once the beef was browned, I poured the corn starch into the pan to thicken the soy sauce, wine, and juices in the pan.
I fluffed the refrigerated rice with a fork (to separate the cooked grains) and then tossed them into the pan with the meat and sauce.
When the rice was heated, I poured the meat and rice into a medium sized bowl.
Looking into the freezer, I discovered some frozen Chinese green onion pancakes which I slipped into the microwave for thirty seconds and topped with the meat mixture and egg. Not a great looking dish, but quite tasty. It also helped to clean out the fridge a little. Would I document this as a recipe? Probably not, but it was a fun experiment and it fulfilled my goal of having dinner.}?>
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