Who says that we have to order out to get our Chinese food fix? Not I! Here is a great recipe for fast and easy Chicken fried rice that you can make in less time than it takes for delivery.
This is a great recipe to clean out the last of your vegetables from your fridge. For the chicken I used some leftovers from early in the week! To make this vegetarian exchange the chicken for more Eggs!
What You Need: (serves 2 people)
1 Uncle Ben’s 90 sec Ready Rice – Basmati Rice
Low Sodium Soy Sauce
Stir Fry Sauce
Sriracha Hot Sauce
Baby Carrots (about 7 baby carrots)
Green Onions (about a hand full)
(any other veggies you may have in your fridge)
- Dice up the chicken, carrots, and green onions into small 2cm pieces. I like to keep the chicken and veggies in small proportions compared to the rice so it can blend together well so when you bite into a scoopful, you get all the flavors.
- In a Sauté pan, heat up about 1.5 tablespoons of the Vegetable Oil on med-high heat. Use the instructions on the back of the Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice and heat up in the microwave for 90 seconds
- Place the chicken and carrots into the oil and heat all the way through for about 1.5 minutes.
- Add in the Rice, 1 teaspoon of soy sauce, 1.5 tablespoons of the stir fry sauce, and add a little Sriracha to your liking. I put about half a teaspoon.
- Mix all together and then spread rice evenly in the pan. Let stand for abour 2 mins to allow the rice to “fry”, make sure your heat is about Medium and not burning the rice.
- Add in the green onions and toss with the rice. Move all the rice to one side of the pan.
- Crack 1-2 eggs on the cleared side of the pan. Wait 10 secs then break the yoke and mix the egg with the rice. Continually mix the rice until you see the egg cooked through out the rice. When you add the eggs to rice, the rice will look a bit mushy, however when the egg is cooked thoroughly the rice will look “dry” and with white and yellow pieces of egg in it. This process should take just a little less than 2 minutes.
- Turn off the heat, Serve and Enjoy
Price Breakdown: (Prices from Walmart in Arbutus):
1 Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice – Basmati Rice = $1.39
Kikkoman Low Sodium Soy Sauce * = $2.19
Stir Fry Sauce * = $2.50
Sriracha Hot Sauce * = $1.50
Baby Carrots (baby carrots) * = $1.53
Green Onions (Pre-chopped) * = $2.00
TOTAL = 11.11
* These items can be used for many other recipes throughout the semester!
I personally like to pair this with Trader Joe’s Frozen Kung Pao Chicken ($4.99)! This is a recipe I like to use often on days that I clean out my fridge and it takes me less than 10 minutes to create a meal that not only satisfy’s my craving for Chinese food but also satisfy’s my wallet.
Fresh Tex Mex
5315 East Drive, Halethorpe, MD 21227
(410) 242 – 4840
I wasn’t looking forward to checking this one out – Fresh Tex Mex has no website. The only reason I know this place exists is due to an obscure yelp.com post that hinted at a dollar taco night. So, one Tuesday, me along with a couple of friends made the 5-minute drive from campus to downtown Halethorpe and began looking for the mysterious restaurant. I initially drove past it, due to how tiny the actual place is. Once we found the restaurant, my friends wanted to bail and find someplace else, because the place isn’t very welcoming from the outside. However, I was already set on checking this eatery out, and I wouldn’t take no for an answer.
If you manage to get inside, you’ll find a cozy little space made up of 80% kitchen and 20% dining area. Upon entering you immediately realize that it’s a mom and pop joint, which is a really big plus for me when it comes to restaurants. The place was clean and you get a really friendly vibe as soon as you walk through the door. Be warned though – Taco Silvestre doesn’t have AC. If you plan on going in the summer, be prepared to sweat out about half of your meal.
Left: Beef Tacos (hard shell) Right: Chicken Tacos (soft shell)
Every Tuesday is dollar taco night. You are given the choice between chicken and beef (hard shell or soft shell). I’ve ordered both the chicken and beef, and can say with conviction that both are delicious. It’s worth noting that for a dollar, you get a decent amount of meat in each taco. On average, I only have to order five tacos in order to be pleasantly full. Each set of tacos comes with a side of salsa, which is pretty spicy, so be careful the first time you try it. For dessert, we discovered they offer fresh, made-to-order churros for 99 cents a piece. Nothing beats the taste of a fresh churro, and for 99 cents, it’s a reasonable addition to your bill.
Made fresh to order!
Will I Go Back?:
I already have! Being so close to UMBC, in addition to having such a great deal on Tuesdays makes Taco Silvestre’s a no brainer for the starving college student who’s low on funds. Also, did I mention that they offer free delivery to UMBC and the surrounding area? Check out Taco Silvestre – you won’t be disappointed.
This week was the daunting FINALS WEEK, and during this timeI only study, shower, eat and occasionally if I find time, I will sleep. One of the most comforting dishes that I like to have during finals week is Pho(FA-AH), the national Vietnamese Rice Noodle Dish.
This is no ordinary soup, Pho has a lot of sustenance so youcan prepare for a long nights worth of studying without feeling hungry.
The Rice Noodles are submerged in hot beef or Chicken Brothwith accents of green onions and basil. Pho varies depending on the type andcut of meat you choose to put in it. Though, Pho is great on its own, it isusually served with a side of bean sprouts, basil leaves, mint leaves, limes,and jalapeños to add some more flavor in your dish as you wish. Hosin sauce, asweet and salty dark sauce and a red-hot sauce, Sriracha, always accompany atevery table at the restaurant.
I usually get the Chicken Pho, or the Pho Ga. I add in about3 basil Leaves, 4 jalapeños, a squeeze of a lime wedge, and a generous pinch ofbean sprouts. I add soy sauce, hosin sauce and I add quite a lot of Sriracha.However, if you are hesitant on spice I would add everything a little at a timeto ensure it doesn’t get too spicy.
Pho restaurants are common around the United States, howeverPho #1 on Route 40, is my favorite one to go to when I’m at UMBC. It offers awide variety of Pho, Rice and Pan Fried Noodles dishes.
Pho comes in either a small or large bowl option. A smallbowl is more than generous to fill your bellies to prevent any late-night studycravings; and for only $7.50 you defiantly get your “Pho’s” worth. Its excitingthat you get a chance to be creative with your food. You become the chef andeveryone ends up with a different dish to enjoy.
I haven’t come across any vegetarian pho dishes, howevermost Pho restaurants offer vegetarian dishes, such as tofu and mixed vegetableswith steamed rice offered at Pho #1 on Route 40.
If there’s one thing that I pair with my Pho-Ga, it’s a tallglass of Iced Thai tea. Popular in many Asian restaurants, this strongly brewediced tea provides enough caffeine to keep me awake through my hours of studyingfor finals. The condensed milk poured on top not only makes this drink looklike a beautiful gradient but it also gives each sip a sweetened kick.
Let Pho be your go-to study dish as well as a great meal foryour inner chef to enjoy.
Buffalo Wild Wings
7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, MD 21076
Arundel Mills Mall is only a short drive away from UMBC and offers a lot of neat places to eat. My favorite, by far, is Buffalo Wild Wings. BWW is popular sports bar chain that specializes in serving a variety of chicken wings. Located directly across from the Cinemark movie theater, BWW always gets a lot of foot traffic. The restaurant is always decently crowded, but they do a good job of moving people in and out quickly and efficiently.
The first thing you’ll notice when you walk in are the TVs. Being a sportsbar, one would expect a lot of flat-screens, but Buffalo Wild Wings takes it to an entirely new level. Virtually every surface of the restaurant, including the bathrooms, are covered in some form of moving picture. Though this is certainly distracting, the great food makes up for the somewhat cluttered atmosphere.
BWW totes a vast menu of typical bar food: they have burgers, sandwiches, and of course – wings. I went on Tuesday, which is 45-cent wing night. They have almost twenty flavors of wings, including both wet sauces as well as dry rubs. Wings come in groups of six, I typically have twenty-four. Some of my favorite flavors include the salt and vinegar dry rub, the spicy garlic, and the old-bay dry rub. The wings are larger than average, and they are nice and tender. I’ve gotten a burger before, and it was above average. If you don’t get wings, typical entrées are mostly under $10.
Would I Go Back?
Absolutely. Tuesday night wing night is a monthly ritual for my friends and I. If you go on a Tuesday and utilize the 45-wing night, you can get a large amount of food for a pretty good price. Despite the chaotic ambience, the wings are delicious.
One of the submissions for this year’s ProveIT campaign involves keeping Pura Vida, the library’s coffee stand, open all night so that students in the Retriever Learning Center can take advantage of this dining facility. The first level of the library has become a hotspot for late-night studiers ever since the RLC opened its doors. Vending machines have been available for people to purchase snacks, but no other eating options were in place.
Daniel Duffin submitted his ProveIT proposal after getting huge support on his myUMBC poll earlier in the semester. He created an agreement with Chartwells for this project. If it is selected and funded, the money will be used to create a pilot program to keep Pura Vida open all night. If this model proves to be popular and profitable for Chartwells, they will continue staffing the facility and remain open all night for RLC visitors. “Convenience and variety are the goals of this dining option,” Duffin writes.
You can voice your opinion on the myUMBC discussion and be sure to check out the full description of the Noche Vida ProveIT proposal .
839 Elkridge Landing Rd # 110
Linthicum Hts, MD
A Quick Personal Bio:
Greetings UMBC Eats, my name is Adam Brown and I am a junior here at UMBC. I plan on graduating Spring 2014 with a BA in Management of Aging Services. My vast list of qualifications includes my love for food and passing English 100. I couldn’t tell you the first thing about cooking, but I really know how to eat out. I won’t review restaurants (that would imply that I have actual culinary knowledge), but rather, I will give my opinion – honest and unfiltered.
I’m going to start this entry by stating that I’ve waited up to 45 minutes for my food to be ready. Maiwand is always crowded (which is typically a good sign), however, the management hasn’t made any effort to figure out how to cope with the large crowds. That being said, the food is so delicious, I find it hard to complain about the wait. I went to their Linthicum Heights Location, which is near the BWI hotel park. The Afghanistani hole-in-the-wall doesn’t look like much from the outside. To be honest, it doesn’t look like much on the inside either – aside from a few bland pictures on the wall that vaguely remind me of the paintings you’d find in a Taco Bell, there’s pretty much no real sense of atmosphere. Despite the virtual lack of any ambience, the restaurant is always kept clean.
Entrées range from around 8-12$ and appetizers and desserts will run you about 5$. I usually end up spending about 15$ every time I go to Maiwand Kabob. I always get the ‘Chicken Kabob’ entrée and I usually split an order of ‘Samosas’ with a friend. Most entrées come with the kabob, rice, a small salad, and a plate-sized piece of ‘Tandori Bread’. Each part of the meal is delicious in its own right: the rice is flavored nicely; the salad is plain yet refreshing with its vinaigrette dressing; the meat is tender and spiced perfectly; and the bread is always made fresh. I always leave Maiwand pleasantly full – and that’s impressive, considering I eat almost twice as much as the average restaurant go-er.
Would I go back?
Definitely. I love Maiwand Kabob: it’s a delicious, healthy dining option that’s relatively close to campus. At 15$, Maiwand is not somewhere I can afford every week, so when I go, its always a treat. Though the service isn’t always great, the amazing food makes up for it.
Throughout my four years here at UMBC, I have been told about a legendary Halal food stand in the middle of Baltimore City near 1st Mariner Arena. Many of my friends, who had conquered the quest, told great stories of their spicy chicken gyros, warm lamb platters, and cheap prices. I was hesitant to go, mainly because I was not the best city driver in the world and I wasn’t about to hail a cab to go there.
However my fellow foodies, hailing a cab to get to Platter Halal Food Stand in Baltimore is worth every penny. This past weekend I sucked up my fears and drove a couple of avid goers and myself to E Baltimore Street right in-between1st Mariner Arena and the PNC bank. As soon as we stepped out of the car, the smell of slow cooked and well-marinated meat surrounded our every thought. My friends gave their orders with no hesitation as they have done on their previous visits to Platters, but I carefully stand in the back of the long lunch line and chose the combination Platter which had a mixture of Spicy Chicken, Lamb Kebob, a salad, white sauce, and hot sauce, all laying over a bed of well-seasoned rice. The spicy Chicken does have some kick to it, but I would have to say my favorite was the lamb kebob. The Lamb was everything you dream of meat being; soft, tender, juicy, and well-seasoned. However, what made this dish perfect was not only the cheap price of $6.00 for a platter, but the great suggestion my friend had given me to add in extra white sauce. The white sauce really made the dish come together.
The Halal stand also offers chicken and lamb gyros, salad, and hot dogs. Though it is not listed on their menu, you can substitute the meat in for seasoned pita bread, which is equally delicious.
The only con I can think of for this place it the lack of parking. The parking is far away down the road and the street right next to the stand is a tow away zone. There are some parallel parking nearby. There isn’t much of a place to sit and eat either, so we drove back to UMBC and ate our food under the great weather in the Harbor Courtyard.
I highly recommend trying out Platters as much as my friends had suggested it to me. We met UMBC students there and we saw UMBC students in Harbor Courtyard eating food from platters when we had come back to campus.
I only wished I faced my fear of driving in Baltimore city sooner, so that I could have experienced Platters Halal Food Cart before my last year here in UMBC.