A Healthier Alternative to Late-Night Fried Rice


Fried rice can be a great late-night snack but, unfortunately, most New York City shops serving this Chinese dish overload on oil and use low-quality vegetables, making it unhealthier than it should be. Luckily for you fried rice lovers, Zing's Awesome Rice, located on the Lower East Side, has come to the rescue! Rather than being fried, their gourmet rice is seared in a blend of spices, combined with fresh vegetables, a wide selection of proteins, and their signature "secret" sauce. The result is one similar to fried rice except with richer flavor and fresher ingredients, all while still being authentic. Who said healthy couldn't taste good?

Quail Eggs & Olives Skewers

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Hard-boiled quail eggs and martini olives? Don't be scared by this seemingly odd combination. Zing's takes a traditional Chinese ingredient and pairs it with one that is not so conventional, resulting in a simple, yet quite complementary, match up. Although the salty and sweet flavor combination might seem basic, this appetizer is delicious nonetheless.

Seared Rice
Your Choice of Protein, Egg, Carrot, Peppers, Celery, Rice, Scallions

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The most popular item on the menu, Sausage Seared Rice, is a must-order and even the owner Zing admits, one of her personal favorites. Packed with an assortment of fresh vegetables and flavorful Cantonese sausage mixed into perfectly cooked rice, Zing's healthier alternative definitely does not skimp on flavor. Rather than using leftover rice, Zing opts to spread freshly steamed rice onto a baking sheet, briefly popping it into the oven to reduce its moisture so it will not fall apart when cooked in a wok later on. Parsimonious amounts of olive oil are chosen over excessive heaps of oil so diners can indulge in their favorite fried rice flavors without the greasy aftertaste - who could say no to that?

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If you're looking for an even healthier option, select chicken as your main protein. Just like its Chinese sausage counterpart, this rice dish is also perfectly seared, bursting with crunchy vegetables, scrambled eggs, and a very generous portion of protein to satisfy your taste buds. For those looking for a different seared rice experience than the common beef and chicken options, opt for some lamb, a meat that is in and of itself, filled with flavor. Further embrace your adventurous side by replacing the traditional white rice with its even more nutritious purple alternative - the healthier the better!

Zing's Awesome Rice 122 Ludlow St New York, NY 10002