The Irresistible Charm of BBQ Pork Fried Rice

Who can resist the allure of pork fried rice? This classic Chinese take-out dish has captured the hearts and taste buds of food enthusiasts all over the world. The combination of tender pork and fragrant rice creates a symphony of flavors that is hard to resist.

In our parents’ restaurant, pork fried rice was a beloved side dish that accompanied many main courses. We perfected our recipe, ensuring that each order delivered a tantalizing medley of flavors. And now, we’re here to share our secrets with you.

Unveiling the Magic Ingredients

What gives pork fried rice its distinct red hue? The answer lies in the pork itself. We use char siu, a type of Chinese barbecue pork with a delectable sweetness and a glossy, crimson crust. It’s truly a flavor bomb that elevates the entire dish.

Classic Pork Fried Rice

If you haven’t had the pleasure of trying char siu before, don’t fret. With our easy char siu recipe, you can make it at home using boneless pork shoulder/butt. In just an hour, you’ll have succulent char siu ready to take your pork fried rice to the next level.

Sliced Char Siu

If making your own char siu feels like too much of a challenge, fear not. Many Asian grocery stores and restaurants offer high-quality BBQ pork that you can incorporate into your dish. These places often make fresh batches of BBQ pork daily, so you’ll always have a reliable source.

The Perfect Rice for Fried Rice

Choosing the right rice is crucial for creating the perfect fried rice experience. Our recommendation? Jasmine rice. It boasts long grains, a fragrant aroma, and a delightful texture. We personally prefer premium jasmine rice imported from Thailand for its exceptional quality.

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How to Cook Rice Without a Rice Cooker

But here’s the burning question: should you use freshly cooked rice or leftover cold rice? The truth is, both options work brilliantly. If you’re new to wok cooking, using leftover rice might be easier as it has less moisture and is easier to separate into individual grains. However, if you didn’t plan ahead, cooking a fresh batch of rice in your rice cooker will also yield excellent results.

Mastering the Art of Pork Fried Rice

Pork fried rice may not immediately sound glamorous, but trust us, when done right, it’s a culinary masterpiece that will leave you craving for more. The following instructions will guide you through the process of creating this delectable dish:

  1. In a small bowl, combine hot water, honey, sesame oil, Shaoxing wine (or dry sherry), soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and white pepper. This will be the luscious sauce that brings your rice to life.

  2. Fluff the cooked rice with a fork or your hands, ensuring there are no large clumps.

  3. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a wok over medium heat and sauté the onions until they turn translucent.

Stir-frying chopped onions in a wok

  1. Add the roast pork to the wok and stir it in.

Adding Chinese roast pork to onions

  1. Add the rice and mix it well. If the rice is cold, continue stir-frying until it warms up. If the rice is fresh, simply mix until everything is incorporated.

  2. Pour in the sauce mixture and salt. Mix everything evenly, breaking up any remaining clumps of rice. The rice should be piping hot by this point.

Making Chinese Takeout Pork Fried Rice

  1. Toss in mung bean sprouts, scrambled eggs, and scallions, thoroughly combining them with the rice.

  2. Stir-fry for another minute or two, allowing all the flavors to harmonize.

  3. Serve and savor the fragrant, flavorful delight that is pork fried rice.

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Classic Pork Fried Rice

For an extra kick, add a dash of hot sauce. Trust us, it takes the dish to a whole new level of deliciousness.

Discover More Fried Rice Delights

Our love for fried rice knows no bounds. Alongside pork fried rice, we have an array of other mouthwatering options for you to explore. Expand your culinary horizons with these exciting variations:

  • Classic Chicken Fried Rice: A timeless favorite that brings tender chicken and aromatic rice together in perfect harmony.
  • Vegetable Fried Rice: For a healthier twist, dive into this colorful medley of vegetables and fragrant rice.
  • Shrimp Fried Rice with Thai Basil: Experience the tantalizing fusion of succulent shrimp and aromatic Thai basil.
  • Cantonese Chicken & Salted Fish Fried Rice: Embark on a unique culinary adventure with this distinct Cantonese specialty.

Gather your loved ones and explore the world of fried rice creations together. The possibilities are endless.

Pork Fried Rice with Sriracha on top

So, venture into the realm of pork fried rice and prepare to be amazed by the symphony of flavors waiting to dance on your taste buds.