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