What are the benefits of making this Vegan Thai Basil Fried Rice Recipe? This is without a doubt the best way to use up leftover rice. This fried rice is delicious and a complete meal with plenty of vegetables. Finally, this is a meal that we can be freeze. Let’s Talk About Rice! Rice is an essential component of Asian cuisine. Rice is essential in any South Asian, South East Asian, or Indian cuisine. White rice has only recently become a household staple. Previously, however, it was all about brown rice and heirloom rice varieties. Jasmine rice is the most commonly used type of rice in South Asian cuisine. This is a fragrant short-grain rice that goes great with any fried rice or Asian-style rice. Today, I made Thai-style veg fried rice with this variety. If you can’t find it, you can substitute short-grained rice or Basmati rice in this recipe. How do you prepare rice for Thai fried rice?