When I worked late, I would often slide solo into my favorite seat by the window, listen to the sounds of the water wall and order Thai crab fried rice and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Sue would always top off my glass with whatever was left in the bottle.
Alas, Sue eventually sold the restaurant to a clueless entrepreneur who replaced the wall of water with a giant flat screen TV. Not a good sign. When he changed the menu, the crab fried rice was one of the the first casualties.
I've ordered crab fried rice in other Thai restaurants, but it never measures up. Maybe it was Sue's nurturing or the soothing sounds of the water or that extra touch of white wine that made that dish so special.
I was about to give up until I found this recipe on Wives with Knives. I made it for lunch today, and it was nearly as good as the version that Sue's mom used to cook up for me at Nana.
Thai Crab Fried Rice
- 3 to 4 cups rice, cooked the day before and refrigerated overnight (I used Japanese brown rice because it's more nutritious than white, but I think basmati rice makes the best fried rice.)
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup raw carrot, grated (I used frozen, but I like the idea of fresh.)
- 1/2 cup peas, fresh or frozen
- 1/4 cup green onion, sliced in 1/4 inch slices
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 4 ounces or more Dungeness crabmeat (I used lump crab meat from Whole Foods.)
- salt to taste (I found that, with the salty soy and fish sauce, salt wasn't necessary.)
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- cilantro (Original recipe called for parsley, but I prefer cilantro with Thai food.)
Mix together the fish sauce, soy sauce, lime juice and sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.
Add 1/4 cup vegetable oil to a large wok or fry pan and heat until it just begins to smoke. Add peas, carrots, green onions and ginger and cook for about one minute, stirring so it doesn't burn. Add rice and lightly mix, then add liquid mixture and blend well. Fry for 4-5 minutes, watching that the rice doesn't burn.
Make a well in the middle of the rice and pour in the beaten eggs. Wait for about 30 seconds and then cover the eggs with rice. Leave for another 30 seconds and then continue to stir fry until the eggs are cooked and are mixed well with the rice.
Remove from heat and gently stir in the crab meat, garnish with chopped cilantro or parsley and serve with lime wedges.
The only thing that could have made it better is a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.