Fried rice is one of my all-time favorite recipes. On top of being crazy delicious, it's also super versatile!
"Ono" means delicious in Hawaiian, and that's the perfect way to describe the fried rice in Hawaii! Essentially, fried rice is a dish you can make with whatever you have on hand. Got leftovers? Make fried rice! There's really no limit to what you can create. As Uncle Bobby says,
"Get steak fried rice, pork fried rice, shrimp fried rice, smoked meat fried rice, kim chee fried rice, char siu fried rice, ahi fried rice, da junk kine fried rice dat only get peas an' carrot inside..."
Okay—thank you, Uncle Bobby (we better stop him there, or you'll be reading forever). Island-style fried rice can be made with just about anything. As long as you have the essential components, you can make a batch that rocks your taste buds! Feel free to tweak this recipe to match whatever your tummy craves (or whatever you can find in the fridge!).
To give your fried rice the "island-style" feel, you will need four important items; Cooked white rice, shoyu (soy sauce), oyster sauce, and sesame oil. After that, the rest it up to you!
My version of island-style fried rice is dedicated to meat lovers. Here's how to make it!
- 4 cups cooked white rice
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 3 tablespoons shoyu
- 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 2 large Portuguese sausage
- 1 pound bacon
- 4 eggs
- 3 tablespoons green onion or chives
- Black pepper (to taste)
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Helpful hint: If you don't like the strong flavor of oyster sauce, you can nix it altogether. Just use more shoyu instead.
- Chop up bacon and sausage into bite-sized pieces.
- Pan fry bacon and sausage.
- Drain and set aside.
- Scramble eggs (season to taste, if desired.)
- Cook scrambled eggs, breaking apart into bite-sized pieces.
- Set cooked eggs aside.
- Chop up green onion/chives & set aside.
- Pour sesame oil into wok/pot.
- Keep burner on a medium-low setting.
- Add cooked white rice to wok/pot.
- Add shoyu and oyster sauce.
- Mix rice until it is evenly coated.
- Add black pepper (to taste) and mix again.
- Pour in cooked bacon & sausage, scrambled eggs, and green onion/chives.
- Mix until all ingredients have been evenly distributed.
- TA-DAH! You're all done!
Some Great Variations:
- My dad likes to use a mixture of jasmine rice and brown rice (instead of white), and he prefers using rice that is a day old. To give it a little kick, he also adds a chopped Hawaiian chili pepper (or three!)
- Veggies also taste great in fried rice. Try using fresh green beans, peas, carrots, broccoli, zucchini, or tomato.
- Most restaurants in Hawaii use Spam in their fried rice recipes.
Fried Rice Breakfast
Now that you're done making your very own island-style fried rice, what are you going to do with it? I'm going to indulge in a fried rice breakfast . . . it's DA BOMB! What is it, you ask?
Two eggs (over-easy) and your choice of breakfast meat served on a bed of homemade island-style fried rice. Can you say . . . ONO??!!
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