My daughter Louise woke up feeling unwell yesterday – she’s having a little cold. Nothing too serious, but I wanted her to stay at home and get some rest. I could see a ray of light glowing with happiness in her eyes when she asked: ‘Will I get Chinese rice for lunch?’ It is our family tradition to have ginger fried rice when someone gets ill. It’s our equivalent of chicken noodle soup for the soul. Growing up in Hong-Kong, Chinese herbal medicine was a way of living. There was always a soup boiling in the clay pot with goji berries, ginseng, lotus seeds, red dates to name a few. Every morning my mother gave me a spoon of bird-nest soup (delicacy in Chinese cuisine filled with minerals) before going to school. Nutrition has a purpose – natural preventive medicine.
Ginger does wonder to health, and I always make sure to have a few roots at home. Whether I use it as a spice for cooking or grate it for drinks, it’s my miracle ingredient. It acts as an anti-oxidant, has powerful enzymes for digestion, eliminates toxins and purifies blood. So next time you feel tired and unwell, try this drink: Boil one liter of water in a pan. Add 3 tbsp grated fresh ginger, 3 slices of ginger, 5 tbsp honey and set aside to cool. Drink this rejuvenating ‘potion’ all day long – you will be amazed with the results. My mother always said that ginger kills the bad fire caused by inflammatory food. That ‘bad fire’ is the source to all health problems.
Louise was very happy to have the ginger fried rice served in her princess bed – pure comfort food filled with goodness. It is so easy to make and takes a few minutes to cook.
2 tbsp grated ginger root (I like to put 5 but it’s a bit strong for kids)
250 grs left-over cooked white rice
3 tbsp soya sauce
1 garlic clove (minced)
1 shallot (chopped finely)
3 tbsp canola or ground-nut oil
Heat the oil in a frying pan on a high heat. Fry the shallots, garlic and grated ginger for two minutes. Add the rice and stir well. Make a well in the middle of the pan and break the eggs in the center. Mix the eggs and cook in a ‘scrambled eggs’ style, then mix all the ingredients together in the pan. Add soya sauce and fry for two more minutes. Serve immediately.
I love ginger…everything about it. We make ginger tea all the time and I am excited to try your fried rice recipe. We also make Thai smoothies…check out my recipe here!
What a great blog you have! Thanks for sharing! Mmmm will try your thai smoothie!
Thanks..you are sweet! Love yours too xo
this sounds wonderful. really enjoy also learning about chinese healing foods. can’t wait to try the rice and tea
Your daughter is so beautiful! And it looks like your ginger rice cheered her right up. Isn’t ginger just the best?
Thank you! Louise is a sweetheart. Ginger is my favourite miracle ingredient! All the best, Mimi
Made this today – was absolutely fabulous. Thanks for sharing!
I love ginger and this looks like such a fabulous recipe! Your daughter is adorable!
I love ginger! What beautiful pictures of your daughter! I love her room!
Thank you! I hope you will enjoy this simple yet yummy recipe! mimi
eating it now, and loving!
thank u 🙂
, and loving it!
Thanks Maria! Enjoy!
Mimi…made this tonight. Didn’t have any shallots so use scallions! It was divine. Thanks for sharing! xo
Hello, Mimi! I discovered your blog a few days ago via A Cup Of Jo. It’s wonderful! The way you cherish good ingredients, all the stories behind your recipes, the pictures… You really inspired me to try a few new things in the kitchen and to make some little changes to my own recipes.
I wanted to try your ginger “potion” and I have a question. Do you peel the ginger?
Bonjour from Médoc! Welcome to my blog, so glad you enjoy it and hopefully it will inspire to to try a few dishes! Yes, I do peel the ginger. I am actually having this drink right now as I have a mild cold:) Have a lovely day! Mimi
Thank you, Mimi! I prepared half a liter yesterday to give it a try… and I can’t wait to have some more 😉 Wishing you a good day from Munich! Eulalia
Hi Mimi! Just had some of your tea tonight, added some fresh mint I had too.So absolutely perfect for an evening digestive tea. ENCORE MERCI!
So glad you liked it! Thanks! Mimi
I LOVE ginger! Also, if you have a sore throat, Manuka honey works wonders. As for Chinese medicine, although I also grew up with the ubiquitous pot of herbal soup simmering on the stove, I have never been a huge fan. There is much to be said for healthful nutrition, but I just cannot condone a belief system that advocates, in this day and age, the use of, say, rhino horn or tiger bones for so-called medicinal purposes.
Wonderful blog, I discovered it two days ago. Thank you! xx