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Seafood Fried Rice

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Fried rice is the most typical and ideal traditional Chinese cuisine. Chinese fried rice is a prehistoric dish that started in Sui dynasty all the way back in 589 – 618 AD. It was created mainly to utilise leftover elements of vegetables, meat or seafood from other dishes, resulting in countless number of different versions of fried rice. Normally, steamed rice is stir-fried in a wok combined with other ingredients like meat, seafood, eggs and vegetables. Typical and famous Chinese fried rice dishes are Yangchow fried rice and Hokkien (Fujian) fried rice. Other variations are chicken fried rice, beef fried rice, seafood fried rice, eggs fried rice and vegetarian fried rice. In a Chinese restaurant, fried rice is usually served as the final main dish just before desserts in a multicourse Chinese banquet.

Normally, the ideal way of cooking fried rice is to cook each ingredient individually, then all the ingredients will be combined together with rice and seasonings added at the end of cooking. For my gluten free version of seafood fried rice, I am using steamed basmati rice, eggs, peas, corns and carrots mix vegetables, king prawns, calamari and pipis. Chinese fried rice is not only the classic comfort food but extremely nutritious as well.

 

Seafood Fried Rice

 

There are two groups of shellfish, namely crustaceans and molluscs. Crustaceans includes prawns, lobsters, crabs, scampi and crayfish, with all having an external skeletal invertebrates. While mulluscs are oysters, mussels, scallops, cockles and pipis that live inside a shell, albeit cuttlefish, squid or calamari and octopus do not have shells. The entire groups of shellfish are an excellent source of protein, with reasonable amount of calories and are abundant in trace minerals like copper, zinc, iodine and potassium. Mulluscs also contain iron and crustaceans plus cuttlefish, squid or calamari and octopus contains selenium. In addition, shellfish are also rich in vitamin B12 (cobalamin)and has omega-3 fatty acid for cardiovascular health. Consuming shellfish has many health benefits, including providing essential nutrients for healthy blood, muscle and bone functions and may protect against lung cancer.

 

Gluten Free Seafood Fried Rice

 

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