My Mom’s fried rice was the best! She used to always make it for larger family gatherings and birthday parties, and it was always a hit!
I’m not sure if she got this recipe from someone else, or if she created it on her own, but there’s an unexpected ingredient she adds to the rice that makes it look and taste delicious! The secret ingredient (well, it’s not a secret anymore) is KETCHUP! Yep, ketchup.
The ketchup adds a slight sweetness to the rice, and it gives it a much more appetizing color. Trust me. Trust my Mom. She’s my hero.
To make Mom’s fried rice, you will need:
2 cups of uncooked Jasmine (white) rice
4 large eggs
1 pack of KimYenJan Chinese sausage (pork & chicken blend)
1 lb bag of frozen peas and carrots
4-6 cloves of garlic
1 tbs Olive oil
1/2 cup ketchup
Salt & pepper
1) Cook the two cups of rice. If you have one to two day old rice, some would say that’s better. I personally like working with fresh rice more. While the rice is cooking, rinse off the Chinese sausage (rinsing is totally optional). Slice them into thin pieces like you would a cucumber. As you slice the sausage, the casing might fall off since the water softened it up. It is perfectly fine to cook/eat the casing, but if you hate the way it looks when it falls off, like I do, you can toss it.
2) Use a wok or a large pan to cook the sausage on medium high heat until it is slightly browned. A lot of grease will come out of the sausage as it cooks, so you do not need to put any oil in the pan. Once you’re done, turn off the heat, and set the sausage aside, preferably over the rice if it’s done cooking.
4) Chop the onions, and mince the garlic. Quickly wash the wok, and dry it. Then, add about a tablespoon of olive oil to the pan on medium heat. The oil should cover the entire bottom of the pan, so add more if needed. Sautee the onions. Let the onions soften, then add the garlic.
7) Once everything has been evenly mixed, top it again with a little bit of cracked pepper. Then, add the half cup of ketchup. Turn the heat back up to medium high and mix it up again. If you find that the rice is sticking too much to the pan, either add a little more olive oil, or turn down the heat.
See how the ketchup makes it look so tasty? So good! I love you, Mommy!