Comfort Food, Asian Style

June 3, 2011

Ah, fried rice. It’s a dish that’s so very good when it’s done right, and so very disappointing when it’s not. We still think the best fried rice around is at Benihana, but here at the MHK we’ve been making a pretty decent version for many years now. This recipe uses tofu as its protein, keeping the meal nice and vegetarian. If you want to go full-out vegan, just omit the eggs. And if you don’t want any of that hippie-dippy tree-hugging stuff, you can use shrimp, pork, beef, etc. in place of the tofu. This is a one-plate meal that’s easy to make, fills you up and tastes great. You can certainly add other vegetables like peas, mushrooms, or corn. Cook the rice at least 30 minutes in advance (you can even cook the rice a day prior and refrigerate it). We also recommend a sprinkling of hot chili sauce if you like a little spiciness. Enjoy!

Tofu Fried Rice

(serves 4)

4 cups cooked rice

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

1 (15-ounce) package extra firm tofu, drained and cut into ½-inch cubes

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup sliced green onions

1 cup carrots, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced

2 tablespoons sake (rice wine) or rice wine vinegar

4 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon Hoisin sauce

½ teaspoon sesame oil

Thinly sliced green onions (optional)

Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add tofu; cook until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Remove from pan. Add eggs to pan (you may need to add a bit more oil first); cook 1 minute or until done, breaking egg into small pieces. Remove from pan. Add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil to pan. Add onions, carrots, garlic, and ginger; sauté 3 minutes. While vegetable mixture cooks, combine sake/vinegar, soy sauce, Hoisin sauce, and sesame oil in a small bowl. Add cooked rice to pan; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add tofu, egg, and soy sauce mixture; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly, until well combined. Garnish with sliced green onions, if desired. Eat!



  1. I love fried rice. But as you say, it needs to be made correctly. Often we are disappointed by the offerings in restuarants: home-made by my husband is definately better!

    • It’s amazing how badly some places make it, either by over/undercooking the rice, or the veggies are super mushy, or there’s no flavor at all. If you have to add soy sauce to your fried rice, they messed it up! Thanks for reading. 🙂

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