Fried rice is an easy go-to for a weekday night, but it can be every bit as pedestrian and boring as that sounds. The great thing about fried rice, though, is that it is the most accommodating of meals—it will literally invite in and meld with just about anything you introduce it to.
So why not bring in some big flavor hits and see what fried rice can really be?
Deuki Hong, the Korean food expert and fermentation fan—an alum of both Momofuku and Jean-Georges—is not holding back. He adds slab bacon and kimchi to create a fried rice that will take you to umami ecstasy. A little ginger and gochujang butter sure doesn't hurt either. Top the whole thing off with a fried egg and some thinly sliced scallion and you're guaranteed to have a go-to weekday dinner that will blow your mind.
RECIPE: Kimchi and Bacon Fried Rice
It's time to take control over your leftovers and put them to good use.