Introducing the Teochew olive vegetable, the single ingredient that will make your fried rice irresistible!
Fried rice is a staple in Chinese cuisine. It is usually fast and easy to make and will satisfy your appetite without any fuss. There are many ways to make fried rice flavorful without using too many ingredients. For example, adding hoisin sauce, kimchi, cumin powder, or soy sauce. Today I want to introduce another great ingredient, one that will stay good in your pantry forever, and spice up your meals wonderfully!
Introducing the olive vegetable
Olive fried rice is based on the main ingredient – the Chinese olive vegetable. It is not the pickled whole European olive you’re familiar with, but a paste-like mixture of mustard greens and olive fruits pickled in soy sauce and oil. It has a deeply savory and earthy taste with a hint of olive, but is smooth in texture and more complex. It is a specialty of Teochew (or chao zhou, 潮州) cuisine, a branch of Chinese cuisine, related to both Fujian and Cantonese styles, with very distinctive flavors. [Continue reading]