Pork Fried Rice

We had a great time exploring Idaho's Central Mountains in search of hidden lakes.   We were headed to Big Fall Creek Lake north east of Sun Valley, ID.   Although we were stopped by the road conditions, we had had a lot of fun on our drive.

Just beyond where we stopped driving and began hiking, Big Fall Creek crosses the road.   Although only about 6" tall, this little water fall was a cool find.

  • 1/2 cup long grain white rice
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1/2lb ground pork
  • 1 bunch green onions, cut into 1 inch long pieces
  • 2 cups bean sprouts (about one package)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
Serves 4

Pre-Trip Preparation

Combine the rice and water in a sauce pan over high heat.   Bring to a boil and reduce to medium heat, cover, and let simmer for 20 minutes or until the rice has absorbed all of the water.   Remove from heat, allowing the rice to cool completely.   Remove the rice from the saucepan and place in a reusable plastic container for storage in the cooler.   If cooler space is at a premium, you can substitute the home made rice for 1 package of ready rice.

Remember, to save space only bring the ingredients you need for the trip by measuring everything out ahead of time and placing items like soy sauce and vegetable oil in small plastic containers.   You can also chop your garlic and ginger ahead of time and place them in a small plastic container as well.

Cooking Instructions
In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat until it begins to shimmer.   Add the garlic and ginger, sauteing for 1 minute.   Add the ground pork, stirring often to break up into smaller pieces; cook until no longer pink.   Mix in the green onions, bean sprouts, and rice and cover, cooking over medium heat until the onions and bean sprouts have become soft.   Be careful not to overfill the skillet.   Overfilling will hold the steam produced by cooking within the ingredients and cause the dish to become soggy.

Once the onions and bean sprouts have softened, push the contents of the pan to one side.   Increase the stove heat, add the egg to the skillet's empty side.   Scramble the egg until it is cooked through, mix the skillet contents together, and add the soy sauce.   Serve immediately.

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