1. Cold, day old rice -
You need day old rice that's been refrigerated or frozen (then thawed) because the rice grains dry out, making them ideal for fried rice. Sticky freshly cooked rice is no good for fried rice - it makes fried rice gluey. Long grain white rice is best for Chinese fried rice. But any cooked, cold rice will be fine - white or brown.
2. Here is how I cook white rice:
Place 1 cup rice in a saucepan with 1 1/2 cups water over medium high heat. Put lid on, then when the water starts to simmer, immediately turn down to low or medium low so the water simmers gently. Leave for 12 minutes or until water is absorbed into rice (tilt saucepan to check). Do not stir or remove lid during cook time. Remove from stove but leave lid on, leave for 10 minutes. Fluff with fork. Refrigerate or freeze (for use in fried rice). If it's an emergency, cook the rice per above, spread on a tray and refrigerate until cold, then proceed with recipe.
3. Chinese cooking wine or Mirin
(or cooking sake or dry sherry) is an essential ingredient for making a truly "restaurant standard" fried rice. Though many recipes suggest using liquid chicken broth, please do not do this - it makes your fried rice wet and gluey!
If you can't consume alcohol,
adjust recipe as follows: Reduce oyster and soy sauce to 2 tsp each, and add 1 tbsp water to the Sauce. Proceed with recipe. When you add the rice, add 1/2 tsp chicken or vegetable stock powder (or bouillon cube crumbled). Stir through, then add remaining Sauce ingredients exc the Cooking wine. Proceed with recipe, add tiny sprinkle of salt at end if you want it saltier.
4. Soy sauce -
Any soy sauce is fine here (but not sweet or flavoured). I like dark soy because it adds colour.
If using a skillet, add about 1/2 tbsp extra oil at the start to compensate for larger cooking surface. Also, if you use a large skillet, you can scale up the recipe by 50% - click on the Servings number and slide the scaler until the rice becomes 3 cups, it will change all the ingredients. Once you add the rice, use 2 wooden spoons to toss it - makes up for not having the high walls of a wok.
6. GLUTEN FREE:
Make sure you use gluten free soy sauce and Oyster Sauce if you want to make this gluten free.
per serving, assuming 3 servings. I find that this is sufficient for a meal - and no one has ever accused me of eating like a bird!