A few notes about the ingredients. As you can see in the reference image of the rice above, the fried rice is served over a whole cooked fish. Being poor, and disliking whole fish, I opted out of this portion of the recipe. Feel free to include the fish if you would like to get it as authentic as possible. I also skipped the lettuce garnish, mostly because I forgot to buy it. To include this, simply buy a nice, ruffled head of lettuce, rinse and dry a few pretty leaves, and line the plate with it before piling the rice on top.
-5 cups of cooked rice, cold and preferably a day old (seriously, it helps if the rice is dried out a bit)
-1 yellow onion
-1/2 pound of baby shrimp, cooked
-1/2 cup peas
-1/2 cup soy sauce
-1 tsp sesame oil
-4 tbs vegetable oil
-Salt and pepper
-Ketchup for decoration
Make the Fried Rice!
Start by heating the oil in a LARGE skillet/ wok over medium-high heat.
As that’s heating up, dice your whole onion. Cut ends off, cut in half, marvel at the many layers, think about Shrek, try to forget Shrek, and then quickly peel and chop onion up into small, bite size pieces.
Dump onion in and sauté in your heated pan for about 3-5 minutes, or until onion is softened.
Then, dump in the rice and toss with the onion to combine. Let cook, scraping bottom of the pan frequently to prevent rice from sticking, about 5 minutes, or until rice crisps up a little and is heated through.
Add in soy sauce and toss to combine together.
As that heats up, crack eggs into a bowl. Season with a good few shakes of salt and five or six grinds of pepper. Whisk together until eggs are scrambled.
At this point, I kind of messed up. I poured the egg in over the rice, but since it didn’t have a lot of contact with the pan, it cooked into the rice instead of forming larger chunks of egg. So, clear a space in the middle of your rice. Pour the egg into the cleared space, and stir it around with your cooking utensils, until it is no longer runny and chunks of egg have formed. You’re basically making scrambled eggs. Below is a picture of what NOT to do. It still tasted fine, but didn’t get the look of what I was trying to replicate.
Once egg has cooked, stir through to combine, making sure to scrape up crunchy bits of rice stuck to the bottom of the pan as you go. Add in your cooked shrimp and peas. Stir to combine everything, and allow to cook another 5 minutes or so, until shrimp is heated through.
Lastly, mix sesame oil through the rice. Taste the fried rice at this point! If it seems a little boring, add more salt and stir through to give rice more flavor. The secret to great-tasting home-cooked food: salt. Seriously, you’d be surprised at how good food can be if you just season it properly. If you never salt your home-cooked food, try adding some and marvel at the difference! Careful though- taste-test as you go to avoid over-salting. There’s no coming back from that.
Finally, pile your rice verrrrry carefully onto your serving dish!
Pull up a reference picture of the kanji, and carefully draw out the characters on the top of your rice to match it perfectly to what they eat in KIZNAIVER. To help with control, I squirted my ketchup in a plastic baggie, snipped the tip off, and used that to have more accuracy.
And this is the final result!
Oh man, this dish was sooo good! I really recommend it! It’s easy to make, and not very expensive. For me, the half-pound of shrimp was the most expensive, and it was about $6, but this fed me for a week, even after I let two of my friends help me eat some of it. I think it would serve 4 very hungry people, or 6 moderately hungry individuals. Or 1 very poor college student, like me, for a good week.
Anyway, I hope you liked this post, and I really hope you can try to make this yourself! If you do, please take pictures and share them with me. Please comment with any questions or suggestions of what you’d like to see next, and you can find more anime-inspired recipes at yumpenguinsnacks.wordpress.com. Have a great day!