Bacon fried rice also know as chǎo fan or lovingly as Chow Yun-fat (the actor) in our house. It is free from soy, sesame, peanuts, tree nuts, milk, wheat and can be free from egg.
When I think of comfort food, chili, and soup naturally come to mind, but if I’m truly honest with myself: comfort food = bacon fried rice! My fondest memories of bacon fried rice are when my parents would pick us up on the last day school before the Christmas holidays. We would head two hours north to the cottage with all our winter gear, pillows, and a steaming pot of fried rice nestled between my sister and me. We were ready to weather holiday traffic and possible snow squalls! All you need is a full tank of gas, family, Queen blasting through the car speakers, and bacon fried rice! Let the holidays begin!
Bacon fried rice: From then to now
I rediscovered bacon fried rice two years ago when I started eating bacon again. How did I go ten years without out bacon – for realz! My pre-vegetarian days were also soy eating days. This meant bacon fried rice was served with a couple of generous dashes of soy sauce. Yes, indeed it was a salty meal, a salty delicious meal! Now that soy is out of the question (allergen) bacon really takes centre stage.
This bacon fried rice comes from the meat-centric mind of my allergy dad. First, you start with a ton of bacon. If my dad could have his way it would have a 1:1 ratio of bacon bit to a grain of rice. After you fry up the bacon, you need to keep that rendered fat because every other ingredient gets cooked in it soaking up all the bacon flavour.
The best part thing about this dish is you can use up leftover rice. I don’t know about you, but always make three times more rice than we need for any given meal. For the pictures, I used white jasmine rice, but I prefer it with brown rice. Brown rice adds a richer flavour and texture to the dish whereas white rice is softer.
Once you’re tired of canapés, turkey, mashed potatoes and all that fine holiday fare fry up some rice for full on holiday comfort!
What’s your ultimate holiday comfort food?