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Old 11-07-2008, 01:21 PM
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What's the best way to reheat leftover Chinese fried rice?

Whenever I have leftover fried rice that I've refrigerated, it always ends up being dried out and disgusting. However, the fried rice as this new Chinese delivery place is SO good and I don't want it to go to waste.

So, is there any way to store and reheat Chinese fried rice so it's not dried out? I welcome all suggestions!
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Old 11-07-2008, 01:32 PM
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I've been reheating a lot of rice lately, and I usually put a soaking wet paper towel on top of the plate/bowl. It's never going to be the same, but it does the trick well enough. I know that we're talking about fried rice, but I'd imagine that it translates pretty well. Good luck!
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Old 11-07-2008, 01:34 PM
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Heat up a frying pan, add a little oil. Scramble an egg and pour it over the fried rice. Mix it together then toss it in the frying pan. Heat & eat.
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Old 11-07-2008, 01:41 PM
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Are you just storing it in the cardboard box it comes in? Try a better sealed container. Also, maybe add a tablespoon of water before microwaving it, to replace water that evaporates while reheating.
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Old 11-07-2008, 01:52 PM
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Heat up a frying pan, add a little oil. Scramble an egg and pour it over the fried rice. Mix it together then toss it in the frying pan. Heat & eat.
Second this. It's fried already - go ahead and fry it again!
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Old 11-07-2008, 02:41 PM
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Either the frying pan or microwave should do it, as long as you add a little (1 tablespoon or so, not much) water and cover it for enough time for the water to be absorbed. Repeat as necessary until desired texture is achieved.
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Old 11-07-2008, 03:12 PM
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Whilst you stored the leftover rice in the fridge, the restaurant may not have been quite so fastidious with its food hygiene. So you should heat rice to 70-75C for between 5 and 8 minutes to limit the possibility of B. cereus poisoning.
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Old 11-07-2008, 03:15 PM
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Do you have a steamer? 10 minutes or so should suffice.
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Old 11-07-2008, 03:26 PM
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I put just a smidge of water in it and put a plate over the bowl and nuke it.
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Old 11-07-2008, 03:35 PM
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Whilst you stored the leftover rice in the fridge, the restaurant may not have been quite so fastidious with its food hygiene. So you should heat rice to 70-75C for between 5 and 8 minutes to limit the possibility of B. cereus poisoning.
I agree - cooked rice should be treated with the same care and concern as meat - i.e. chill soon after cooling, reheat until piping hot throughout.

Bacillus cereus can cause one of the more interesting forms of food poisoning - the toxins produced by the bacteria can act almost instantaneously - it's not unheard of for victims to experience projectile vomiting after only a few forkfuls.
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Old 11-07-2008, 04:11 PM
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I agree - cooked rice should be treated with the same care and concern as meat - i.e. chill soon after cooling, reheat until piping hot throughout.

Bacillus cereus can cause one of the more interesting forms of food poisoning - the toxins produced by the bacteria can act almost instantaneously - it's not unheard of for victims to experience projectile vomiting after only a few forkfuls.
My old microbiology professor (director of the county PHLS labs as it was, and where I almost ended up working post-Uni) used to claim that B. cereus poisoning was under-reported because people mistook the puking it caused as being caused by their night's drinking binge (curry and rice being the traditional post-Ale meal, for the non-Brits who might be wondering). Since taking his courses I've been ultra-suspicious of all take-away rice, and prefer to cook my own when I order a curry or chinese.

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Old 11-07-2008, 04:23 PM
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Heat up a frying pan, add a little oil. Scramble an egg and pour it over the fried rice. Mix it together then toss it in the frying pan. Heat & eat.
This is exactly what I was going to say.

I think it tastes better the second time around using this method.
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Old 11-08-2008, 12:54 AM
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Second this. It's fried already - go ahead and fry it again!
Third! My wife did this one night, and I realized I had made the right decision.
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Old 11-08-2008, 11:38 AM
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Heat up a frying pan, add a little oil. Scramble an egg and pour it over the fried rice. Mix it together then toss it in the frying pan. Heat & eat.
Oh, this sounds heavenly!
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Old 11-08-2008, 11:40 AM
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Moving thread from IMHO to Cafe Society.
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Old 11-08-2008, 12:01 PM
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Put the fried rice in a saucepan, and add enough chicken stock to make it move a bit, eg. around 3/4 as much chicken stock as rice. Boil it up; it revivifies the dried out rice.

For years, I had no microwave and I got in the habit of making anything leftover into soup.
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Old 11-09-2008, 01:19 AM
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I always order extra fried rice and store it in freezer bags. When I want to partake in my yummy goodness, I put the frozen bag of fried rice into a pot of water and bring it to a slow boil until heated. The rice is moist and delicious!

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