Whether as a permanent menu item or an LTO-driven means of utilizing leftover rice, fried rice dishes containing unexpected global ingredients appeal to the growing number of adventurous dining consumers who are seeking new flavor combinations.
While long-grain rice such as basmati and jasmine work well in fried rice dishes, heirloom varieties such as brown Wehani and black forbidden rice can add texture and color. The same holds true for other grains, including farro, barley, wild rice and quinoa. Sticky rice such as pearl and Kokuho Rose do not stir-fry well, but may be used for crispy or griddled rice dishes.
These options are limited only by the imagination, but some of the best from our research include puréed black garlic, XO sauce, adobo, kimchi purée, herb pesto, powdered nori, and chile pastes such as Calabrian, peri peri and harissa.
Although there is nothing wrong with adding chunks of chicken breast to a fried rice dish, we suggest trying small quantities of highly flavorful meat proteins, including linguiça, chorizo, lap cheong, guanciale, country ham, bacon and some accompanying fat, duck confit and some accompanying fat, porchetta or cured salami. And although it is used on so many of these dishes, we still appreciate the added value of an egg topper with a runny yolk.