Sunday, 20 July 2014

Chilli Pork Chops & Cheats Fried Rice

This was a really yummy meal. We are at Dundee Beach near Darwin & there is a total fire ban, so no campfire tonight. As we could only cook on gas I decided to do fried rice. This is the cheats version that makes it perfect for camping. I have used instant rice (90 second rice) the stuff that is already cooked through & you just have to reheat it. Yes I know it is more expensive but it is just so convenient for camping. Firstly it makes for a quickly prepared meal, but secondly it saves valuable fridge space as there is no need to have a large container of day old rice in the fridge to make the fried rice. More room for beer! You can make this fried rice as simple or as fancy as you like. For me there are some non negotiables though. It has to have the rice, egg, onion, bacon, peas, corn & the soy sauce. Why?? Because that is how I learnt to make it in year 8 home economics! It has been a family favourite ever since. It may be a highly westernised  version of Asian fried rice, but it is damned tasty!!


Pork chops
- 2 loin chops
- 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce
- 2 tablespoons of smoky chilli & garlic sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon each of dried chilli, garlic powder & ground cumin

Fried rice
- 500g of instant rice
- 2 eggs beaten
- 4 rashers of bacon
- 1 onion
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/2 a carrot
- 3 mushrooms
- 3/4 cup of frozen peas & corn
- 1 tablespoon of oil 
- 2 tablespoons of soy sauce


 Pork chops
- combine marinade ingredients in a freezer bag & add the pork chops. 
- allow to marinate for an hour. 
- fry off the chops in a preheated medium temperature pan for about 4-5 minutes each side. 
- allow to rest for a few minutes before serving.

Marinated chops

Cooked on one side 

Fried Rice
- chop the bacon, veggies & garlic. 
- preheat a frying pan on a medium heat with a little oil. 
- add the beaten eggs & cook like an omelette, remove from pan & set aside. 
- add the rest of the oil & fry off the bacon, fresh veggies & garlic. 
- add in the instant rice, breaking it up in the packet before adding. 
- fry off until rice gets tender. 
- add in the frozen peas & corn. 
- add the egg back to the pan. It will break up as you toss the rice mixture. 
- keep stirring the rice until the peas & corn are cooked. 
- add in the soy sauce & mix until it's heated through. 
- serve with the pork chops, you can add more soy sauce at the table for individual tastes. 

Frying off the bacon & veggies

Instant rice & frozen peas & corn, vital camp cooking cheats

All mixed together, just had to add the soy sauce. 

This rice makes great leftovers, if you don't devour it all at dinner time! 

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