By: Justin Jang

Photos by: Isabel Lord

As we head into the second half of the semester, take a break from dining at Leo’s and treat yourself to a home-cooked meal of fried rice to prepare for the last weeks of work. Fried rice is a great comfort food that takes your busy mind off of the not-so-midterm midterms. I have personally cooked this for myself whenever I felt the looming pressure of academic work throughout the past 8 years and have developed the recipe during that time. Starting from receiving the recipe from my own mother, I have gone through countless attempts of trial and error to work out an easy, simple recipe that always works as a filling meal. From working on this recipe in a middle school cooking club to making it in a cramped dorm room kitchen my freshman year, I hope this recipe will be able to do the same for you.

Ingredients:

-2 Cups worth of cooked white rice

-Soy Sauce

-Olive Oil

-Butter

-Garlic Powder

-Half an onion

-Half a can of corn

-Half a carrot

-4 Strips of Bacon or Pancetta

-1 Egg

-Seaweed (Optional)

 

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Instructions:

  1. Place the rice in a closed bowl and leave in the fridge to dry out the rice (It fries better this way).
  2. Dice the onions and pancetta and mince the carrots.Fried Rice_Lord02.jpg
  3. Heat the pan up on medium-high heat and when it is at an appropriate temperature, place a moderate amount of olive oil.
  4. Throw the pancetta into the pan and, after about 30 seconds, mix in the onions, carrots, and corn.
  5. Cook this mixture until the onionsturn clear, then make a space on one side of the pan and crack the egg.Fried Rice_Lord03.jpg
  6. Once the egg is relatively cooked, break it up into chunks that are about as small as the onions.
  7. Take the rice out of the fridge and place it into the pan, mixing it into something that now resembles fried rice.
  8. Add a small amount of garlic powder, 2 tablespoons of butter, and soy sauce to taste.Fried Rice_Lord05.jpg
  9. Fry everything for about a minute or two and then place it into a bowl.
  10. (Optional) Garnishing the fried rice with a crushed pack of seaweed is a great way to add just a little bit more flavor.Fried Rice_Lord05.jpg

Let the rice cool for about 3-4 minutes so that you don’t burn your tongue. Once the meal is at an appropriate temperature, enjoy! This particular amount serves roughly anywhere from 2 very hungry individuals to 4 people looking for a light meal. If you’re cooking for yourself, storing it in a closed container in the fridge makes it a great meal to quickly microwave and eat the following day.

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