Pork Fried Rice

Background and History:

Pork Fried Rice, also known as “Chāofàn” in Chinese cuisine, is a beloved dish with roots in ancient China. It was traditionally a way to repurpose leftovers, making it both frugal and delicious. Over time, it has evolved into a versatile dish with a delightful blend of flavors, textures, and cultural influences.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked and cooled rice (preferably day-old)
  • 1/2 cup cooked and diced pork (can use leftovers or fresh)
  • 1/2 cup mixed vegetables (e.g., peas, carrots, bell peppers)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil (e.g., vegetable or sesame)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Chopped green onions for garnish

Serves: 2-4

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Instructions:

  1. Begin by cooking the rice, and allow it to cool completely. Day-old rice works best, as it’s drier and won’t become mushy when stir-fried.
  2. Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat and add the cooking oil.
  3. Add the minced garlic and stir-fry for about 30 seconds until it becomes fragrant.
  4. Push the garlic to one side of the skillet, and pour the beaten eggs into the other side. Scramble the eggs until they’re mostly cooked.
  5. Add the diced pork and mixed vegetables to the skillet and stir-fry for a few minutes until the vegetables are tender and the pork is heated through.
  6. Add the cooled rice to the skillet and break it apart with a spatula. Stir-fry the rice with the other ingredients.
  7. Drizzle the soy sauce and sesame oil over the rice and continue to stir-fry. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  8. Continue stir-frying until everything is well combined and heated through.
  9. Garnish with chopped green onions and serve hot.

Nutrition Facts:

(Per serving, based on 4 servings)

  • Calories: 300
  • Protein: 14g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 2g

Notes:

  • Feel free to customize your Pork Fried Rice with additional ingredients like shrimp, chicken, or tofu.
  • You can adjust the soy sauce and seasonings to your taste for a more personalized flavor.

Allergy Warning:

This dish may contain soy, sesame, and eggs, which can be allergens for some individuals. Ensure there are no allergies to any of the ingredients used, and consider omitting or substituting any problematic components accordingly.

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