Every now and then, I find leftover cooked rice in the fridge just begging to be turned into something scrumptious. It’s the quickest weeknight dinner with just the addition of some veggies and protein, and some Hot Chilli Sambal for that nice heat and fermented shrimp paste umami.  I always have frozen mixed veggies in the freezer for just this purpose, and some cooked chicken sausage ready to go.

Whenever I don’t have any frozen veggies on hand, I dice up some carrots and celery which the kid absolutely loves. Cooked chicken breast, roast beef, Chinese sausage, extra firm tofu – all would work just as well. The tofu version is my favorite, but the kid loves chicken sausage, so sausage it is.

Do use cold rice – freshly cooked rice yields a soggy mess as it’s just too wet. Cold rice from the refrigerator works perfectly.

Here’s the basic recipe – feel free to add or leave out anything that doesn’t suit your tastes. Start to finish, it should take you all of 20 minutes.

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