Let’s be honest, even if the food wasn’t very good, most of us would come crawling back to hibachi restaurants, begging to be amazed by the spectacular tricks and experience that these unique Japanese restaurants continue to blow us away with. Fortunately, the food is always delicious and makes leaving the restaurants almost as uncomfortable as our full bellies. Fried rice is arguably the most delicious dish at any Asian cuisine, but people particularly enjoy Japanese-Style Fried Rice from hibachi restaurants. Japanese Fried Rice is widely preferred to traditional fried rice for many reasons. To begin with, Japanese Style Fried Rice is cooked with melted butter as opposed to vegetable oil or canola oil. Butter is absorbed much easier by rice, and enhances the natural flavor of the rice. Also, Japanese Fried Rice contains bacon and eggs which complement the rice perfectly, giving it a bold and hearty flavor that is sure to have everyone craving a second serving. Generally, Chinese restaurants add peas, carrots, and vegetable oil to their rice, which are usually left out of Japanese Fried Rice. While there are many recipes for fried rice, here is one that is like most hibachi restaurants and a pretty safe bet to make on your own.
4 cups of cooked white rice
4 table spoons of soy sauce
4 table spoons of butter (half stick)
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
½ of a white onion
2 large eggs
4 strips of bacon
pinch of salt
Heat a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Cook the four slices of bacon in the pan. It is okay to leave the bacon slightly under done here as you must add it to hot rice later which will continue to cook it. Once your bacon is cooked, take it out of the pan and chop it into small pieces and set it aside. Next, chop a large white onion into very small pieces. Add the chopped onion to the pan and let it sauté until the onion is mostly translucent. Once the onion is cooked, take the sautéed onion bits out, clean the pan, and put it back on the heat, allowing it to get hot again. Add a small pad of butter to the hot skillet, just enough to grease the pan. Be careful not to let the butter burn. Once the butter is melted, add the rice, soy sauce, and remaining butter. At this point, the pan should be very hot. It is extremely important to keep the rice moving in the pan and continuously stir the rice soy sauce and now melting butter, making sure it doesn’t burn along the way. The rice will cook fast; it should only take about one minute for it to fry with the butter and soy sauce. Now, turn the heat to low, add the garlic powder, chopped bacon, and chopped onion to the rice, stir it all together, and push all the rice to one side of the pan. This may be tricky, so be careful, it is easy to spill rice over the edge of the pan and create a big mess! Now that the rice is on one side of the pan, crack the eggs into the empty side of the pan and begin stirring them quickly in the hot pan. The key here is to try to not make “scrambled eggs”. Instead, you are looking for an inconsistent mixture of egg white and egg yolk. Once the eggs are about halfway cooked, you can stir the rice and eggs together in the pan. At this point, you want to stir the rice vigorously as to not let it burn, and make sure the eggs are thoroughly mixed into the rice. The eggs should be broken apart by now. If they are not, continue stirring the rice and breaking up as much of the egg as possible. Turn the heat off, add a dash of salt, stir lightly, and serve warm. You can garnish the dish with sliced scallions if you’d like.
Cook the rice the day before you make your fried rice and place it in the refrigerator. This certainly isn’t required, but it helps the rice retain moisture and works wonders for the consistency of the rice.
- This is NOT a meal that you can turn on and leave!! It is extremely easy to burn the rice, so be careful and keep a close eye on it.
- Soy sauce can be added to taste, some people love it, some don’t. Add at your own discretion
- Low sodium soy sauce is a healthy alternative and tastes just the same!
- Don’t overcook the rice! Most people prefer fluffy, soft rice instead of crispy rice. Again, be careful and keep a close eye on the rice.
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