This dish marries ingredients that are sweet, sour, spicy, and umami, almost the full spectrum of flavors. The result is downright addictive… you’ve been warned!
Serves 4-6, cooking time approximately 30 minutes
- 4 cups day-old, cooked jasmine rice
- 3 tablespoons peanut oil
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 bird’s eye chili peppers, diced
- 1 lbs of ground pork
- 2 eggs
- 4 scallions, sliced into thin strips diagonally
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 2 limes, cut into wedges
- cilantro for garnish
- Prepare all ingredients as described above and place at hand near your wok (or large skillet).
- Heat the peanut oil over medium-high heat. While the oil is heating, make sure there are no clumps in the rise. Run through it with your hand or a spoon to break any up.
- Add the garlic and chili peppers to the wok when the oil is shimmering. Stir-fry for 45 seconds.
- Add the meat, and stir-fry for one minute or until mostly cooked through. Make a well in the middle of the garlic and pork, and break the two eggs inside. Scramble immediately with a fork for about 60 seconds.
- Add the scallions and peas, mixing everything together. Stir-fry for another minute.
- Add the rice, and stir everything to combine. Keep mixing while stir-frying for another 3 minutes.
- Add the sugar, fish sauce, and oyster sauce. Stir-fry one more minute.
- Transfer to bowls or a serving platter; garnish with cilantro and lime wedges to serve.
Fish sauce is the magic ingredient that gives this iteration of fried rice a Thai influence. It imparts a savory note that would persist even without the pork! Speaking of which, you can choose almost any type of protein in place of ground pork.
You’ll note in the picture above the recipe that the ingredients are prepared and placed in small bowls (within easy reach of the wok!) far before cooking begins. Stir-frying is quick business, so you won’t have time to prep while something cooks. It all happens in a flash!
Nutrition Information for this Thai Pork Fried Rice recipe is available below.