As most of you may know by now, my family and I are huge fans of Thai and Chinese inspired dishes. Although I have already built up quite a few favorites, I’m always trying to create new flavor profiles to add to my repertoire of delicious recipes in these cuisines. However, there’s one stand alone dish that I haven’t quite fully developed…
I have made fried rice in the past, because I wanted to add a second dish to the menu instead of a side of brown rice. I’ve tossed the rice with some sauteed veggies and a few of my pre-developed easy sauce combinations (such as the one in my Thai Rice Noodles, Thai Basil Eggplant, or Tofu Veggie Stir-Fry); and although these various versions of fried rice tasted great, I never really felt that I had developed a superb and unique FRIED RICE recipe until now. With this recipe, fried rice can take the spotlight.
This Crispy Garlic Fried Brown Rice with Kale dish is delicious and has unique flavors. I’ve always loved the crispy texture and flavor of fried garlic in rice dishes at restaurants, and so I decided to incorporate it into this dish. The method of using fried garlic in my recipe was inspired by Serious Eats. I added some of my favorite veggies to the dish – Kale, Broccoli, Onions, Mushrooms, Bok Choy, and Asparagus. As always, I wanted to keep the sauce simple, but tasty. I included a small amount of dark soy sauce to give this dish a unique full-bodied flavor. Dark soy sauce is aged for a longer period and is thicker and darker in color (hence the dark color of the dish) compared to light soy sauce. It tastes little less salty and like it has been caramelized, with a slight bittersweet flavor. It was the perfect addition to the dish. I haven’t been able to find a gluten-free dark soy sauce, so for a gluten-free version of this dish, simply add some molasses or dark brown sugar to a gluten-free tamari soy sauce (such as San-J) to thicken and sweeten it.
My favorite vegetables and brown rice cooked in garlic oil, combined and topped with loads of crispy fried garlic and a few drops of Sriracha makes for an excellent dish for the whole family!
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