Fried Rice – Homestyle

Img_2727

I expect this post will get a fair amount of comments because a lot of people I know probably make fried rice at home.  It’s fine… this is My Family’s “recipe”… well, at least what I remember as a kid.  As for the ingredients – they vary depending on whether or not I Planned to make fried rice, what I have on hand, what I was trying to do, and if I am trying to get rid of stuff in the fridge.  As my Heart said “It’s a bit like Bubble & Squeak, isn’t it?” and, Yes, it can be.

Img_2719

Vegetables almost always include chopped carrots and onions.  Sometimes green pepper (like tonight) but sometimes red pepper.  I’ve also used celery, green onions, and I almost threw in some cabbage I have from the fish tacos the other night.

Img_2721

 

Also green peas – we Always put in a handful of peas.  For the meat, tonight was crisp chopped bacon (that is a pound of bacon in the bowl, I only used about 1/3 or so of the bowl and threw the rest in a ziplock bag in the freezer – it is amazing how handy it is having cooked chopped bacon in the freezer!). Of course, you can use all sorts of different meats – whatever you have leftover works.  I’ve used ham, chicken, pork… it’s up to you. And two eggs.

Img_2723

 

 

Cooked the chopped pepper, carrots, and onion in about 1 Tbsp of butter and canola oil until soft but not browned.

 

 

 

Img_2724

 

Next the cooked rice.  This is Asian short grain “sticky rice”.  I put it in the rice cooker two hours before I was going to make dinner so that it would have time to cook, “dry out” and cool a bit.  Fried rice is best with leftover rice.

Img_2722OK… so the seasoning ingredients – low sodium soy sauce, ginger (I have used fresh ginger but I wanted to be a little purist tonight because it’s the first time I’ve made fried rice for my Heart), and Ketchup – Yes… I Know…  Ketchup.  So this recipe comes from my childhood.  Whenever my brother made fried rice, he always put ketchup in it.  Our mother died when I was 5 years old and he was 14 so he took care of me a lot and that meant cooking for me too.  So my Dad always said it was like Omu Rice (we called it OmRice but I think the “U” just got lost in the translation somewhere) and, come to find out, it is very much a comfort food in Japan and is especially popular with children.  My mom probably made it for my brother and that’s how he learned to make fried rice.
Img_2725

 

 

Finally the bacon and peas are tossed in

Img_2726

 

 

 

 

Make a “well” in the center, put in a pat of butter and then the scrambled eggs.  Scramble the egg IN the well until cooked and then Toss with the rice.  I have to admit, I missed my wok for this part – it was difficult to scramble the egg properly in a flat bottomed pan.

Img_2727
Img_2728

 

 

All done and served up and tasting just like my childhood!

2 comments for “Fried Rice – Homestyle

  1. Anonymous
    July 23, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Thanks for Sharing this receipe. I am always trying new rice dishes so I will give this one a try.

  2. Anonymous
    July 23, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Hi – Let me know how it goes… I love hearing about people experiences recreating recipes… especially when they go on to make tweaks that are their own! &8 D maumi

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *