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Old 03-13-2017, 07:22 AM
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Question about making fried rice: How do you get that restaurant-style sweetness in fried rice? (You're gonna tell me to add a whack of sugar, aren't you?)
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Old 03-13-2017, 07:25 AM
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Some quick googling suggests the key is sugar but who knows if any of these yokels know what they're talking about.
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Old 03-13-2017, 07:27 AM
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I dunno if this is what you're missing, but I learned early on that two things always make fried rice better:

1) adding in diced-up scrambled egg

2) stuffing the whole pot in the freezer for twenty minutes between boiling the rice and frying it.

I also like to add in some soy sauce while it's still frying, but that's probably needless.
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Old 03-13-2017, 07:29 AM
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Chef Ramsey says the key to making home-cooked food taste like restaurant food is to use shallots instead of onions.
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Old 03-13-2017, 07:33 AM
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Also, lots of butter. Restaurant-quality food isn't very good for you.
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Old 03-13-2017, 10:53 AM
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Chef Ramsey says the key to making home-cooked food taste like restaurant food is to use shallots instead of onions.
would make sense. how to make the food sweeter without adding sugar? use sweeter ingredients
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Old 03-13-2017, 10:57 AM
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I dunno if this is what you're missing, but I learned early on that two things always make fried rice better:

1) adding in diced-up scrambled egg

2) stuffing the whole pot in the freezer for twenty minutes between boiling the rice and frying it.

I also like to add in some soy sauce while it's still frying, but that's probably needless.
Eggs are key, definitely. We usually use leftover rice for frying, so it's nice and dried out by that point.

Maybe I need to sweeten up the sauce? Mirin or oyster sauce or something.
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Old 03-13-2017, 11:17 AM
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Oyster sauce is a good idea. Red pepper or caramelized onions could also add sweetness.
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Old 03-13-2017, 11:24 AM
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Sweet peas too? The takeout fried rice around here always has peas and carrots in.
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Old 03-13-2017, 11:37 AM
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Fresh carrots are also sweet as well, which probably means going to a farmer's market though.
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Old 03-13-2017, 11:57 AM
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I'm pretty sure I've used Mirin in fried rice to good effect, though it's been a while since I last did it so I don't remember how much I used.
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Old 03-13-2017, 01:21 PM
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I've read about the fridge thing before. I'd only add that you should consider using Spam as your protein (in addition to the eggs) it really is fantastic

(Shut up! My family learned to make Fried Rice in Hawaii.)


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Old 03-13-2017, 01:22 PM
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I've read about the fridge thing before. I'd only add that you should consider using Spam as your protein (in addition to the eggs) it really is fantastic

(Shut up! My mom learned to make Fried Rice in Hawaii when the fam was stationed there.)
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Pro post-count inflation strats there. If only we had some kind of delete button...
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Old 03-13-2017, 05:04 PM
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Oyster sauce for body and pees and chopped carrots for sweetness works for me.

The recipe for my stir fry sauce
-about an ounce of oyster sauce
-4 tablespoons soy sauce
-1 teaspoon sesame oil
-1 teaspoon sambal
For maybe two pounds of oooked rice.

Its not the dish I'm most proud of by any means, so I'd be happy to take suggestions on tweaks.
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Old 03-13-2017, 05:45 PM
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Oooked rice is for orangutans!
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Chinese dark soy or Indonesian sweet soy are my go-to's. They also turn almost any stir-fried noodle into a passable phat si io. I have also just seen straight up sugar added in a few restaurants.

As an aside, I'm also quite fond of using Chinese sausages in my fried rice. These also often impart a sweet flavor and are also delicious.
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Oyster sauce for body and pees and chopped carrots for sweetness works for me.

The recipe for my stir fry sauce
-about an ounce of oyster sauce
-4 tablespoons soy sauce
-1 teaspoon sesame oil
-1 teaspoon sambal
For maybe two pounds of oooked rice.

Its not the dish I'm most proud of by any means, so I'd be happy to take suggestions on tweaks.
if your pees are sweet, you might be at risk for diabetes. Check with your doctor.
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Old 03-14-2017, 07:18 PM
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My wife is allergic to egg which means even though she makes bang-up fried rice something is always missing
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Have you and your wife looked into artificial egg whites? They're designed for vegans, but they might address your wife's allergy needs too for dishes like these?

The fatty kinds of meat that you can throw into fried rice all make it taste sweeter. Chinese sausage, char siu, BACON, all drip fat that makes it taste sweeter.

People have mentioned mirin - I personally add mirin to my scrambled eggs like you'd find in sushi, so the eggs taste sweeter.

Oyster sauce too helps.

I use sweet onion instead of regular yellow or white, and that always makes it sweeter.

There are times where I add lemon juice to my fried rice, which changes the flavor profile a lot but I really enjoy that kick and it adds sweetness.

Adding raisins and/or pineapple chunks is a thing I've seen lots of Thai restaurants add to fried rice, and that's always been very tasty/sweet.

I have added ketchup to fried rice a couple times. What, don't look at me like that, it's tasty and definitely sweet.
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Old 03-15-2017, 12:58 AM
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We're going to try the Egg Beaters next time. Also maybe the lemon juice.
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The fatty kinds of meat that you can throw into fried rice all make it taste sweeter.
When I fry rice, I fry a few pieces of bacon in the pan, then fry the rice in that same pan in the bacon grease (well, I usually fry an egg and some mushrooms in it first before adding the rice), and then crumble the bacon back into it shortly before it's done.

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I have added ketchup to fried rice a couple times. What, don't look at me like that, it's tasty and definitely sweet.
That's crazy. Who would add ketchup to fried rice?

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Old 03-15-2017, 08:51 AM
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i use tons of sriracha on my dad's fried rice. it's almost the same
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I can't ever get my fried rice to "feel" the same as restaurant style. Is it because they use butter? Is is the specific kind of rice? I almost exclusively use Jasmine rice anymore. Am I not frying the rice long enough?? It's still perfectly tasty on my own, I just want to know what's different!
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I can't ever get my fried rice to "feel" the same as restaurant style.
Leave it under a heat lamp for several hours. Stir occasionally.
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I can't ever get my fried rice to "feel" the same as restaurant style. Is it because they use butter? Is is the specific kind of rice? I almost exclusively use Jasmine rice anymore. Am I not frying the rice long enough?? It's still perfectly tasty on my own, I just want to know what's different!
MSG perhaps? MSG is what gives a lot of hole in the wall take out that specific umami mouthfeel.
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Old 03-15-2017, 12:12 PM
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The fatty kinds of meat that you can throw into fried rice all make it taste sweeter. Chinese sausage, char siu, BACON, all drip fat that makes it taste sweeter.
I'll sign all of that. Pork fat is very sweet stuff, and I should try it in my next batch.
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MSG perhaps? MSG is what gives a lot of hole in the wall take out that specific umami mouthfeel.
Pretty much. Soy sauce is also a reliable source of umami, but there are a zillion different types, all with their own time and place to use them.
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