Pork Fried Rice


This Japanese-style pork fried rice from 2000 F&W Best New Chef Takashi Yagihashi was his favorite childhood after-school snack. It comes together in just 25 minutes, thanks to the inclusion of quick-cooking Chinese barbecued pork.

Pork Fried Rice

Maxwell Cozzi

Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 5 teaspoons rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar

  • 1/4 cup solid vegetable shortening

  • 3/4 pound Chinese barbecued pork, half cut into 1/2-inch dice and half sliced 1/3-inch thick

  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed

  • 2 large shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded and caps thinly sliced

  • 1 carrot, cut into 1/3-inch dice

  • 1 head baby bok choy, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise

  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 6 cups cold cooked Japanese short-grain rice

  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

  • Kosher salt

  • 1/4 cup pickled ginger


  1. Pork Fried Rice

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  2. Pork Fried Rice

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    In a small bowl, stir the soy sauce with the rice vinegar, sesame oil, and sugar.

  3. Pork Fried Rice

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    Heat a very large skillet. Add the shortening and let melt. Add the diced pork and stir-fry over high heat for 1 minute.

  4. Pork Fried Rice

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    Add the peas, shiitakes, carrot, and bok choy and stir-fry until tender.

  5. Pork Fried Rice

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    Add the eggs and scramble just until set.

  6. Pork Fried Rice

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    Stir in the cooked rice, scallions, soy sauce mixture, and pepper and stir-fry until the rice is hot.

  7. Pork Fried Rice

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    Spoon the fried rice into bowls, top with the sliced pork and pickled ginger, and serve.

Suggested Pairing

A spicy yet smooth Aussie Shiraz.

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