Pork Fried Rice + $1000 visa giftcard giveaway

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I am so excited about today’s post because I get to chat it up with you about two of my childhood favorites — Kikkoman and pork fried rice!

I’ve mentioned on here numerous times before that our family had a tradition of eating lunch together every Saturday at our local neighborhood Chinese restaurant, Lotus Gardens. From the time when my sister and I were little tikes in booster seats, to elementary schoolers racing to complete math problems that my dad wrote on our paper placemats, to too-cool-for-school middle schoolers sporting (not-so-cool) huge glasses, to high schoolers bringing along the occasional teenage friends (and boyfriends), to college students who insisted on eating there within the first 24 hours of every visit home….so many of our family’s best memories were made during those Saturday lunches.

And as is often the case with favorite restaurants, we each had our favorites meals. Dad ordered #7, Mom ordered #13 with no bamboo shoots, my sister Sarah ordered chow mein, and I ordered the same thing every week — a large bowl of egg drop soup and pork fried rice. But the meal was never complete without the “bottle with the red cap”, our Kikkoman soy sauce. Our entire family always passed it around the table, and then it often went around again for seconds. We all love our soy sauce!

What’s more, my mom would probably tell you that I once threw a small tantrum when she brought home the “off brand” soy sauce for us to use with a stir fry. I could tell it tasted different, and turned up my young little nose and complained until she went back to the store later that week to buy “the real deal.” Today, I’m still partial to Kikkoman. But now I keep a host of their products in my pantry and fridge — from soy sauce, to teriyaki, to panko, to rice vinegars, to hoisin/plum/oyster/thai chili/black bean sauce and more. It has been amazing to watch the company grow over the years!

So I was completely excited when I heard that Lucy Walker (Academy Award nominee – look her up!) was going to be directing a new short documentary called “Make Haste Slowly: The Kikkoman Creed.” I just had a chance to watch it, and it is absolutely beautifully done. I was completely unaware of the history of Kikkoman, but it turns out that the brand is over 300 years old, and that it was started by women in a time when women certainly did not start companies. Since the beginning, though, they’ve made a commitment to abide by an inspiring family creed passed down through nineteen generations, which they brought with them when venturing out as the first Japanese company to open in the United States in the 70’s. Truly amazing to hear about the ways they honor their product and tradition, and even more so, how they have such a respectful track record to honoring those who make their products.

Really, whenever you are next sitting down with some Chinese takeout or are whipping up a stir-fry at home, take 24 minutes to watch “Make Haste Slowly”. I guarantee you will never think about that little bottle with the red cap the same way again!

Finally, to celebrate Kikkoman, I am sharing with you my recipe for my favorite pork fried rice. AND, we are hosting a giveaway for one lucky reader to win a $1000 Visa gift card, to hopefully be used towards cooking classes so that you can build your own family traditions! Read below to enter.



Pork Fried Rice

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 -6 servings 1x


Homemade pork fried rice that tastes even better than at the restaurant!



  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 c. cold cooked rice
  • 2 spring onions, green and white parts separated then sliced
  • 2 cooked Chinese sausages, quartered lengthwise then diced
  • 2 carrots, diced and cooked
  • 1/2 c. frozen green peas (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. oyster sauce


  1. Beat the eggs with 1 tsp. light sauce and 1/2 tsp. sesame oil. Heat up a non-stick frying pan and add 1 tbsp. of oil. Pour in the eggs and swirl around to coat the bottom of the pan. As the egg cooks, push the edges towards the center and let the uncooked eggs ooze towards the edges. When set, flip over onto a chopping board and cut into small square pieces.
  2. Heat up a wok and add 2 tbsps. of oil. Add the garlic and fry for 3 minutes. Add the rice and 2 tsps. of light soy sauce. Fry on high heat for about 5 minutes or until the rice is hot and fragrant. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Clean the wok and heat again. Add 1 tbsp. of oil and the sausages and the whites of the spring onions. Stir fry for 2 minutes. Add the carrots (and peas), and oyster sauce. Stir fry for another 2 minutes. Put the rice back in and stir to mix. Stir fry for 3 minutes or until the mixture is piping hot. Add the eggs and the greens of the spring onions. Stir for a minute then turn the heat off. This is now ready to serve.

How To Enter The $1000 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

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No duplicate comments. This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to respond; otherwise, a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 1/7/2013 – 2/28/2013.

Be sure to visit the Kikkoman’s brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!

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810 comments on “Pork Fried Rice + $1000 visa giftcard giveaway”

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  1. As soon as you said “red cap” I completely was along with you for the ride. There are at least two Kikkoman bottles in my fridge right now. Thanks for the chance to win, and the reminder to make a stir fry!


  2. I tweeted about the giveaway. @jsbeach

  3. i’ve never made fried rice at home–i had no idea how to do it! now i can happily lose the number to the restaurant in town that delivers chinese food. :)

  4. We use Kikkoman’s products quite often. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  5. Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/288268724350377986

  6. Great giveaway! I love making my own Asian food as opposed to takeout.

  7. Great Recipe! Thanks for the chance to hopefully win!

  8. tweeted – https://twitter.com/IWasBornToCook

  9. Is it too early at 8am to be making this recipe?!!! Thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway!

  10. The fried rice looks fantastic!

  11. Loving the fried rice! Crossing fingers for the giveaway…

  12. Yum! Way to make the pregnant lady crave fried rice for breakfast this morning! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Your pictures are great!

  14. This is a great story, don’t you love how meals can make such great memories! What a generous giveaway :)

  15. tweeted as well – https://twitter.com/maryloyal210

  16. I would use the money for cooking classes for my boyfriend and I, so we can start to learn to cook together. I love the idea of the 2 of us being a cooking team when we have a family :)

  17. Tweeted here https://twitter.com/kayleblogna/status/288284457268543488

  18. I would use the money to pay off the remainder of my husband’s car loan. I love Kikkoman! I am addicted to the low-sodium soy sauce.

  19. I tweeted the giveaway here: https://twitter.com/RachaelEWoods/status/288288122050064384

  20. I would LOVE to win the giftcard! Ohhhh the classes to take and the food to buy! My husband and I are changing our eating habits(as are probably the majority of your readers)and trying to lose some weight. I would love to use this certificate to take some classes on how to prepare HEALTHY sides that TASTE good!

    Thank you! :)

  21. How great! I promise to buy some Kikkoman products if I win!

  22. Thanks for the giveaway! We prefer our own “take out” so that we can control the salt

  23. I love fried rice but have never tried to make it at home! Maybe I’ll give this a shot.

  24. wait… this is a breakfast food, right?! ;) I’m such a savory person & LOOOVEEE fried rice… this must happen ASAP

  25. Ok, I have to admit, I was at first more excited about the pork fried rice recipe than the $1000 gift card party of the post. Pork fried rice is my FAVORITE Asian meal, and I constantly Failing whenever I try to make it. But anyways, I always used the ‘green’ bottle of Kikkoman :-) Once I realized what $1000 would do, I got really excited, as I have had two ideas, one of starting a cooking blog and another of selling cupcakes and this would definitely get me started :-) Thanks!

  26. Now I’m hungry! Can’t wait to try the recipe as you always have the best food.

  27. this recipe looks great. can t wait to try it. also excited about give away

  28. I love fried rice. Add me to the pile that has never made it at home, but would like to give it a shot.

  29. I would use the money to upgrade some of our hand-me-down, not-so-gently used kitchen equipment.

  30. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  31. Tweet tweet https://twitter.com/marnie1124/status/288304344011522048

  32. We used to buy the Kikkoman soy sauce in the giant tin from the Korean grocery store in our town. It was great! Excited about the giveaway too!

  33. I love a good giveaway! This giftcard will help me make a nice dent in the baking aisle, and then some!

  34. Ali, I’m seeing where we enter to win the $1000 Visa GC, but not seeing the recipe. Would love to try and make the pork fried rice, thanks!

  35. The gift card would go towards paying for the new oven we are having to buy…have been without an oven since Thanksgiving! Yeah Kikkoman!

  36. I’m a Kikkoman fan, too!

  37. Thank you so much. I would love to take classes, especially of the cake decorating variety, and update our kitchen to make it easier to cook as a family.

  38. I just tweeted about your awesome Monday morning giveaway. https://twitter.com/dianna_kay

  39. This recipe looks awesome! Also, I could definitely use the $1000 gift card to invest in some better pots and pans… They are in dire need of an update!

  40. i would take the money and get certified and attend cooking school for a better life and job

  41. https://twitter.com/vivaciousgold/status/288320120395288576 tweeted

  42. I haven’t had fried rice in ages because it seems a little greasy when I get it from certain restaurants. I look forward to trying this one. I would use the giftcard to invest in some quality knives, cookware, and of course, ingredients to make cooking more enjoyable!

  43. Great recipe, and giveaway! The giftcard would go towards updating some old kitchen equipment…oh and maybe a new pair of shoes

  44. Yum, I know what’s for dinner tonight. That $1000 gift card would come in handy for purchasing the VitaMix blender that I have been coveting along with some new knives.

  45. Entered! Also, where can you get cooked Chinese sausages? Is there any kind of pork alternative for this recipe?

  46. Here is the URL for my Tweet


  47. The gift card would probably go to beefing up my kitchen repertoire. I have a bucket list item to own a KitchenAid stand mixer. Although, I’m broke because of student loans…so maybe it’d get spent on groceries, bills, and a cheap blender. :/

  48. Your recipe sounds delicious! I would use the gift card to upgrade the kitchen cabinets

  49. Yummy!!! Looking at the photo is making me hungry. I’ve printed the recipe so I can make this dish one night! The gift card giveaway would be perfect to get some pork in the freezer so I could produce some very tasty dishes like pork fried rice!!!!!!