Have you ever tried to make fried rice at home and come back with results that are no where near as good as what you can get in a restaurant? It seems easy enough, but the flavors and techniques that restaurants use can be trickier than you imagine. Below is our ham fried rice recipe. It has a deep delicious asian flavor that will make you feel like you are eating delicious Chinese take-out. Our most important tip? Use day old rice! Using rice made the same day wont give you the texture or flavor you are looking for. So if you can, make your rice a day ahead and only pop it out of the fridge right before you are ready to serve it.
1 cup uncooked brown rice, cooked with 1 tablespoon butter, left in fridge overnight
6 slices canadian bacon, chopped
1 head broccoli, chopped
1 small package edamame beans
1 carrot, shredded
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp fish sauce
salt & pepper to taste
Chop and fry up your Canadian bacon in some oil in a hot pan. Add your eggs, some salt, and pepper, and scramble them. Once cooked through, add your vegetables and cook until warmed through and the broccoli is slightly wilted. Add your rice, soy sauce, sesame oil, and fish sauce. Stir everything together and salt and pepper to taste.
It seems so silly that a little trick like using day old rice could make or break your recipe, but it really does make such a huge difference. Also, using Canadian bacon instead of chicken adds such depth of flavor. Then using the sesame oil and fish sauce will take your home made meal and make it restaurant ready. Enjoy!