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September 20th Is National Fried Rice Day

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Liza loves obscure holidays—especially those that celebrate food and beverages.

Yummy! My favorite comfort food to make at home is fried rice. It's simple and easy. Happy National Fried Rice Day!

Yummy! My favorite comfort food to make at home is fried rice. It's simple and easy. Happy National Fried Rice Day!

National Fried Rice Day!

I am so excited after learning that there is a national celebration of fried rice. It is celebrated on September 20th in the United States. It has been observed annually since 2018. This holiday was created in 2018 by Benihana—America’s first Japanese teppanyaki restaurant.

In Malaysia and Indonesia, fried rice is known as nasi goreng. I love fried rice. Coming from a Malay and Asian background, fried rice is one of the most common foods that my family cooks. It only requires the simplest ingredients and because it's so quick and easy to cook.

There is no fixed list of ingredients for cooking fried rice. Therefore, it is a great way to make use of what you have, whether fresh or not. For example, you can use any fresh vegetable or frozen vegetable you have in the fridge. Now, all you are required to cook this dish is basic cooking techniques such as stir-frying. Simple as that!

Let's celebrate it together. I have amazing ideas on how we can celebrate National Fried Rice Day!

In this article, I'll give you everything you need to know about fried rice.

You can find:

  • How to Celebrate National Fried Rice Day
  • Fun Facts About Fried Rice
  • How To Say "Fried Rice" in Different Languages
  • Homemade Fried Rice Recipe
  • Tips and Suggestions for Making Fried Rice
Shrimp fried rice.

Shrimp fried rice.

How to Celebrate National Fried Rice Day

  • Make fried rice at home using the recipe below.
  • Take a picture of the fried rice you made and post it on social media with the hashtag #nationalfriedriceday.
  • Enjoy a bowl of delicious fried rice with your favorite side dishes such as kimchi, fried egg, and spicy sambal.
  • Celebrate with families and friends by inviting them for dinner. (Cook the fried rice and serve).
  • Go to your favorite restaurant that serves fried rice, order to take home.

5 Fun Facts About Fried Rice

  1. Fried rice has been a kitchen staple since as early as the Sui Dynasty (589–618 CE) in China.
  2. Most countries in Southeast Asia, such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand, have their own versions of the dish.
  3. When making fried rice, it doesn’t need much oil at all; it is important to use rice that has been cooked and well chilled.
  4. Besides white rice such as Jasmine, did you know you can use brown, black, and red rice to make fried rice? However, make sure to follow the correct instructions on how to cook the rice first.
  5. Fried rice is a versatile dish; therefore, you can't go wrong when cooking it. Turn this inexpensive dish into a tasty dish with simple ingredients you have in your fridge.
Delicious vegetarian fried rice. It's filled with my favorite vegetables such as carrot, peas, corn, and Chinese mustard green.

Delicious vegetarian fried rice. It's filled with my favorite vegetables such as carrot, peas, corn, and Chinese mustard green.

How To Say Fried Rice in Different Languages

  • Malay/Indonesian: Nasi Goreng
  • Italian: Riso fritto
  • French: Riz sauté
  • Arabic: 'urz maqliun (أرز مقلي)
  • Portuguese: Arroz frito
  • Japanese: Chāhan (チャーハン)
  • Chinese: Chǎofàn (炒飯)
  • Korean: bokk-eumbab (볶음밥)
  • Spanish: Arroz frito
  • Filipino: Sinangag
  • Thai: K̄ĥāw p̄hạd (ข้าวผัด)
Malaysian fried rice. It's usually combined with a fried egg and spicy anchovies sambal.

Malaysian fried rice. It's usually combined with a fried egg and spicy anchovies sambal.

My Homemade Fried Rice Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 bowl white rice (any kind of rice will do)
  • 1 cup mixed vegetable (carrots, corn, and green peas)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 bird's eye chilies, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons sweet soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce (optional)
  • Leftover chicken or meat (omit the protein if you're making a vegetarian version)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Scallions, tomatoes, salads, and cucumber for garnishing

Directions:

  1. In a wok, heat 3 tablespoons of oil.
  2. Stir in the shallots, garlic, and birds eye's chilies until they begin to color.
  3. Toss in the chicken, shrimp, or meat and stir to combine.
  4. Add in the sweet soy sauce and soy sauce. Stir for a few minutes until everything is coated with the sauce.
  5. Add the vegetable and stir.
  6. Toss in the cooked rice, salt, black pepper, and stir well. Check for taste. Continue cooking for 5 minutes until well-flavored and hot. (Keep stirring so the rice doesn't stick to the bottom of the wok).
  7. Turn the heat off.
  8. In another pan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil and crack an egg to make a fried egg.
  9. Spoon the rice into a serving plate. Alternatively, use a bowl as a mold to invert each portion of rice onto an individual plate, then lift off the bowl to reveal the mound of rice beneath. (Refer to photo below).
  10. Place a fried egg on top and garnish with fresh salads, sliced cucumber, sliced tomatoes, scallions, or kimchi.
  11. Serve immediately.
Fried rice with a fried egg and fresh cabbage.

Fried rice with a fried egg and fresh cabbage.

Tips on How to Cook Delicious Fried Rice

  • When making fried rice, it is best to use day-old rice. I learned this tip from my mother. She usually cooks extra rice for lunch or dinner; then, she saves the leftovers for making fried rice.
  • If you don't have leftover rice, cook the rice at least 4-5 hours before cooking and keep it in the fridge. Remove the rice from the refrigerator at least one hour before cooking to loosen up the grains and reduce their stickiness.
  • Use a wok when cooking this dish because it makes it taste even better.
  • Fried rice is an endlessly adaptable dish; therefore, use various vegetables or protein as you like in this dish. You'll be surprised by the result!
  • Usage of soy sauce is a must in fried rice. I suggest finding some best soy sauce at the Asian store as it has a wide range of sweet soy sauce and spicy soy sauce.

© 2021 Liza

Comments

Liza (author) from USA on September 20, 2021:

Hi Amara, great to hear that you love fried rice as well. It's a delicious dish, and I am sure you have cooked it a lot. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Amara from Pakistan on September 20, 2021:

I just love fried rice, and they are looking so yummmy.. ;-)

Liza (author) from USA on September 20, 2021:

Hi Pamela, yes, the great thing about fried rice is you can cook the way you're preferred. It can be a vegetarian version or a non-vegetarian. I have made both, and I love them the same.

It's great to know that you love fried rice too, Pamela. I hope you will make one for lunch or dinner. Thank you for your lovely comment. Have a great day!

Liza (author) from USA on September 20, 2021:

Yes, yes. There are endless possibilities for making fried rice. That's why I love making fried rice at home. The side dish always makes the dish is well-balanced.

Sometimes, when I'm out of the idea of what to cook, fried rice is my savior. It's fast, easy but, it's delicious. With the ingredients and with the right seasonings, I can transform this inexpensive dish into restaurant quality.

Thanks for your wonderful comment, Chitrangada.

Have a lovely week!

Liza (author) from USA on September 20, 2021:

There's always something new to celebrate, Linda and I am on board with National Fried Rice Day :) My cultural background definitely goes perfectly with the celebration. Most importantly, I love the simplicity of the dish. Thanks for commenting!

Liza (author) from USA on September 20, 2021:

Yeah, me too. I found the information whilst reading an article about the restaurant. I thought it was a perfect holiday to celebrate in September. Fall is coming fast, and fried rice is one of the comfort foods that I look forward to cooking during the season for a family dinner. It's simple and I can be creative with the ingredients. Thanks for reading, Peggy. I hope you will make one!

Liza (author) from USA on September 20, 2021:

Hi Liz, it's one of the endlessly and practical dishes in the world. I bet everyone has made fried rice because of the simplicity and the versatility of the dish. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Liza (author) from USA on September 20, 2021:

Hi Dora, thanks for taking the time to read the article. I really appreciated it. Have a great day ahead.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 20, 2021:

I didn’t know that there was a National Fried Rice Day, Liza. I really liked this article, and I appreciate the recipe. I love friend rice and I can eat it often. I like the variety of the recipes, and it is good that you can use any type of rice. Thank you for sharing all this information.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 20, 2021:

Great article about fried rice, and I wasn't aware that there is a day to celebrate this versatile recipe. There are so many possibilities, with regard to the add on ingredients or the side dish. Moreover, I love the fact that one can reuse the leftovers in this recipe.

All your above recipes look delicious.

Thank you for sharing!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 20, 2021:

I didn’t know that there was a National Fried Rice Day. Your recipe sounds delicious, Liza.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 20, 2021:

I had no idea that Benihana started the idea of naming September 20th as National Fried Rice Day. Your fun facts and photos of fried rice make me want to make some soon.

Liz Westwood from UK on September 20, 2021:

You have reminded me of the versatility of fried rice in this inspirational article.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 20, 2021:

Thank for these recipe ideas. Happy Fried Rice Day!

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