In his new Netflix series Ugly Delicious, David Chang devotes an entire episode to the popularity and origins of Chinese fried rice. To celebrate the release of the food show, Chang shared his own version of the takeout classic, studded with salty, porky bacon and scrambled eggs.
David Chang’s Bacon Fried Rice Recipe
8 bacon slices, cut into 1-in. pieces
3 Tbsp. canola oil, divided
1 medium-size yellow onion,
coarsely chopped (11⁄2 cups)
1 cup frozen English peas, thawed
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 4 cups cooked long-grain
white rice, chilled
4 scallions, thinly sliced, divided
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 Tbsp. fish sauce
1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium; add bacon, and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove bacon from skillet, and drain on a paper towel. Transfer bacon to a large bowl. Discard drippings in skillet, and wipe skillet clean.
2. Add 1 tablespoon canola oil to skillet, and return heat to medium. Add onion, and cook, stirring often, until tender and browned, about 10 minutes. Add peas, and cook, stirring occasionally, until warmed through, about 3 minutes. Transfer mixture to bacon in bowl.
3. Add remaining 2 tablespoons canola oil to skillet, and heat over medium high. Add garlic, and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Add cooked rice and 3 sliced scallions; toss to coat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until rice is golden, about 4 minutes.
4. Create a well in center of rice mixture. Add eggs to skillet, and cook, stirring occasionally, until eggs are set, about 1 minute. Add bacon mixture, and toss to combine. Stir in fish sauce, lime juice and soy sauce. Sprinkle with 1 sliced scallion.
Active time: 30 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes