I shall categorize this Mexican Chorizo Fried Rice with Korean Hot Pepper Paste as “Leftover Fusion”. Basically, it’s whatever I have in the fridge at the time.
Fried rice is a great way to make a meal out of any leftovers. The Mexican chorizo is very flavorful, so we don’t need any more seasoning. That being said, to make this a “fusion” fried rice, the secret ingredient is the Korean Hot Pepper Paste (Gochujang). It is an unique, thick paste used in a lot of Korean dishes, (e.g. in the popular rice dish – Bibimbap), and can be found in most Asian supermarkets or grocery stores.
The hot pepper paste adds color and heat to the fried rice. In addition, it is a healthy alternative to barbecue sauce or other spicy condiments, as it is “low in calories and high in fat fighting nutrients and chemicals”. Read more about Gochujang’s health benefits here.
- 1 Mexican chorizo sausage, removed from casing
- 1 1/2 Cups cold, cooked white rice. The best rice to use is leftover rice that’s been lying in the fridge for at least a day. This will turn the grains firm and get rid of the excess moisture. Do not use freshly cooked rice, as it will turn into “mush”.
- 1 small onion
- 1 cup of frozen peas, carrots, and sweetcorn (or any kind of frozen/leftover vegetables)
- 2 teaspoons tomato paste
- 2 Tablespoons Korean Hot Pepper Paste
- 1 egg, beaten
- Green onions, chopped
Heat non-stick frying pan or wok (medium high – high heat). Add oil. Swirl to coat pan.
Add chorizo. Break it up with wooden spoon into small piece. Cook for 1 -2 mins.
Add onions. Cook until translucent, about 2 mins.
Add frozen vegetables. Mix well. Stir fry for another min.
Add leftover rice. Break it up with wooden spoon until grains are separated. Stir fry for about 3 mins.
Add tomato paste and Korean red pepper paste. Mix well and stir fry until the rice has an even golden orange color.
Make a well in the middle of the skillet/wok. Pour egg in the well. Stir egg until it is scrambled. Mix the scrambled egg with rice.
Season to taste with salt.
Garnish with chopped green onions.