What to have for lunch? I want something fast, something simple, something filling, and inevitably I turn to fried rice. We usually have left over rice in the house so this is an easy dish to whip up any time. The ingredient choices are endless. You can make this vegetarian by omitting the meat and in some cases, the egg as well, and it will still be good. I like my fried rice with some kind of pork protein, usually bacon, but finely diced Spam is awesome (you can take the girl away from Hawaii, but you can't take the Spam away from a Hawaii girl). Use ham, charsiu or even chicken, anything goes. Add your favorite vegetables, the rice then splash some soy sauce and sesame oil, and you're done. Simple, fast food.
4 slices bacon
1/4 cup diced onion or shallots
1 1/2 cups chopped fresh spinach
4 cups cooked rice (Japanese rice, which is stickier than long grain rice)
Pinch of salt and pepper
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
In a wok or fry pan, heat some vegetable oil. In a small bowl, beat eggs and then scramble them in the hot oil. Remove the eggs to a plate. Set aside.
In the same wok, add the bacon and fry on medium heat until browned and crispy. Discard any excess oil, but leave some behind, then add in the onions and spinach. Increase the heat to high, and when spinach has wilted, add in the rice and toss together, pressing down on the rice as you toss. Keep tossing and fry for about 2 minutes and when the rice has been heated through, add salt and pepper and then pour the soy sauce around the edge of the pan, continuously stirring the rice. Taste for seasoning and add more salt, pepper or soy sauce to your liking. Add in the scrambled egg and mix in well. Turn heat off and add the sesame oil. Mix together and serve immediately.
Serves 2 generously as a main dish or 4 as a side dish