Last weekend, my siblings and I planned a sneak attack on our mom, to surprise her for a birthday of some significance. With the greatest of stealth, we traveled to our hometown and gathered at Hotoke, a Japanese steakhouse style restaurant, which specializes in hibachi entrees and sushi. Our coup was a grand success. The birthday girl was beyond surprised, the food was delicious, and the laughs were plentiful. It was a fantastic evening.
We knew we were in for a fun time when the first thing our teppanyaki chef shouted was Sake Time! which was immediately followed by squirting everyone (except this pregnant lady) in the mouth with sake from a squirt bottle. The kids were squirted with water. Befuddled doesn’t even begin to describe their expressions. Moments later, the chef yelled Fire in the Hole! And he wasn’t joking. In an instant, the grill was covered with hot, blinding fire. My littlest guy has never moved so quickly into my arms. And he remained in my arms from that point on. He was clearly skeptical about this entire experience.
Our chef expertly prepared a feast of fried rice, shrimp, chicken, steak, lobster tail, and vegetables. As the food cooked, we were wowed by an onion ring volcano and kept busy by having bits of broccoli thrown at our faces. Though none of our party actually managed to catch a piece in our mouths, we all enjoyed laughing at each other as each person took their turn getting hit in the face with food. I’m not sure I can ever serve broccoli to my children again.
Amongst all of the evening’s exciting events, my three year old discovered that he loved chopsticks, steak, and fried rice. He takes after his mother with that love of fried rice! Most often, I get my fried rice on the side of my Orange Chicken from our local Chinese takeout restaurant. But, it’s incredibly simple to make at home and puts leftover rice, meat and veggies to great use. Our leftovers from last week’s roasted pork loin provided just what we needed for a bit of fried rice. You can customize this recipe using whatever leftover meat and veggies you have. I made use of our leftover pork, but you can easily substitute shrimp, beef, chicken, or create an all veggie version. Throw in whatever you’ve got on hand.
Pork Fried Rice
- 1 Egg, lightly beaten
- 2-3 Tbsp Oil (Vegetable, Peanut, Sesame)
- 2 cups leftover White Rice
- Carrots, cut into matchsticks
- Green Onions, chopped
- Leftover Roast Pork, chopped
- 2-3 Tbsp Soy Sauce
Heat a little oil in a skillet over medium heat. Pour in the lightly beaten egg and cook until scrambled. Removed the scrambled egg and set aside. Heat a tablespoon or two of oil in the same pan. Add the rice, veggies, and meat. Cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently, until all ingredients are well heated. Add the scrambled eggs to the mixture. Pour soy sauce over the top and toss to combine.