Friday Fried Rice time! #3 for this mini series is Black Sesame Chahan (fried rice)!
I got inspired by this Japanese sesame seed book called “Powerful Goma(sesame seeds) recipes by Hatsue Shigenobu that I bought while I was in Japan about 5 years ago. This Chahan gives basic fried rice an extra flavour kick with the beautiful sesame oil and seeds. I’m a big fan of anything sesame so this is perfect for me! I love how tasty it is and how the sesame seeds add a little crunch to the soft rice.
Sesame oil is a much healthier alternative to vegetable oils, which is why I used it to heat up all the vegetables and meat in this recipe in the pan (plus the bonus of the added flavour enhancement of the sesame oil)! Sesame oil and sesame seeds are great for your skin, hair, bones, heart, and other health and body benefits. I love that it makes the fried rice a little healthier plus tastes great at the same time!
This is a great dish to make for a weekly dinner because it’s super quick and easy, especially if you already have some pre-cooked leftover rice! I think fried rice always tastes better made with rice that isn’t super fresh straight from the rice cooker. So whenever I cook rice, I make sure to cook more than I will need in that moment so I can freeze the leftovers that I can then whip out whenever I need a quick dinner or lunch. You can pack this for lunch and just heat it up when you’re ready to eat!
Black Sesame Chahan
- 2 cups of cooked rice
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 tbs sesame oil
- 2 slices of rindless bacon
- 3 tbs black sesame grinded
- 1/2 tbs soy sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 tbs finely chopped green shallots
- Chop the green shallots and bacon finely and set aside.
- Grind the sesame seeds and set aside.
- Heat olive oil in a frying pan and make scrambled egg.
- Take the scrambled eggs and set aside.
- Heat the same frying pan, wipe off excess olive oil, and add sesame oil.
- Add bacon and cook it briefly then add grind sesame seeds to fragrant.
- Add the rice and egg and mix and fry all together.
- Pour the soy sauce over and continue to stir and turn over constantly with a spatula.
- Add salt and pepper to taste
- When the rice grains have all separated and mixed well with the other ingredients, add the green shallots to stir in and turn the heat off.
- Serve in rice bowls or plates and garnish with more shallots.