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.

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

  1. Making this right now. Smells so good in the kitchen. Watched the video last night and we decided that we wanted this for tonights dinner. Never knew about the history of Kikkomans, such a great story. I will always make sure to have Kikkoman’s in stock at my house.

  2. I use Kikkoman low sodium soy sauce just about everyday! Great contest :)

  3. Sounds delicious! Any fried rice recipe is worth a try!

  4. I agree with you – Kikkoman is essentially the only brand we buy, because others are inferior. We use the less sodium soy sauce and the tamari soy sauce for several recipes.

    We’ll even use it for this recipe. :)

  5. Yap, there are cheaper chinese brands, but I still prefer kikkoman too.

  6. I think that this recipe sounds delicious and easy. I know my grandchildren will love it. It has all of the flavors that they prefer.

  7. So glad to have found your site today my husband is going to make your rice tonight he LOVES to cook am enjoying hopping around your site Thanks for the great give away chance.Becky

  8. Making for dinner tonight! sounds delicious, quick and easy. Perfect!

  9. I’m half Japanese and Kikkoman soy sauce is the only brand that was ever used when I was growing up. The Visa gift card is a fantastic giveaway!

  10. We use Kikkoman all the time, and your fried rice recipe looks delicious

  11. Kikkoman is a mainstay in my kitchen! And I am going to try the pork fried rice with it this weekend…

  12. We always use Kikkoman and I make some authentic and some really not so authentic Asian dishes. I have both the red cap and the green (lower-sodium) cap bottle, always!

    Thanks for your recipe, I can do that.

  13. I composed a tweet as well (and tweeted it of course): https://twitter.com/AnnaZed/status/303790651265409024

  14. I love all kinds of fried rice as well as plain cooked rice and we always use kikkoman on top.

  15. Pork Fried Rice + Kikkoman = Love of Family
    My Filipino Daddy was a cook on a Navy ship during WWII. After the war, my Daddy was the Head Cook at the Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton California. Needless to say, he was the greatest Dad and greatest cook a kid could hope for. He always made us kids a fried rice dish for our weekend lunch and pork fried rice was our favorite. Kikkoman was a stable in our household and still is in mine. When I make that great comfort food, Pork Fried Rice, I always add the extra love which is Kikkoman.

  16. Sounds delicious – excited to try this!

  17. Oh, yum! When I was a kid, I used to drown my rice in soy sauce and eat it just plain like that. I love salt!

  18. I just entered to win a $1000 Visa Gift Card courtesy of Kikkoman! #SweepstakesEntry— Dorothy Paape (@DPaape) February 20, 2013

  19. I have to say that, being half Asian, Kikkoman has always been on our dinner table/in our fridge. And your fried rice recipe sounds amazing! I can’t wait to give it a try.

  20. I’ve made fried rice with ham and it was delicious! I only use Kikkoman and the family loves it!

  21. I just found your blog today and am sooo exited to try numerous recipes that all sound so delicious… :) I love some Chinese dishes but I’m not too crazy about the unhealthy way they are often prepared in many “restaurants”… so I’d rather cook my own Chinese food and know what is in it. Great giveaway you guys have too :) !

  22. Your fried rice recipe looks wonderful and I shall have to try it, your post reminds me that I have a spring roll recipe I need to try to make soon!

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  24. Looks yummy, I will have to try this receipe. Also great sweepstakes. Thanks

  25. This Recipe Looks Delish! My Family Loves Rice So This Dish Is Going To Be Whats For Dinner Friday Night !

  26. I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/reinaheather/status/304593744643125248

  27. I love pork fried rice! There was a Chinese restaurant across the street from my college campus and I used to visit every week (at least) to get pork fried rice. Sometimes I could talk my friends into going between classes. If they couldn’t come I would go by myself. I often got extra orders to go so I could have some later. I never got tired of the stuff.
    Now my mouth is watering. Think I will go make some.

  28. Love this post! And I’ve always loved Kikkoman soy sauce – I use it in my favorite Asian quinoa stir fry to give the recipe an extra kick of flavor, yum! If I win the $1,000 visa giftcard, I would celebrate with a big dinner party for all my friends, complete with some Kikkoman infused dishes!

  29. I tweeted as well to complete the giveaway requirements: https://twitter.com/HaileyJeanneT/status/304724227674759170

  30. Wow, what a great story. Can’t wait to try her recipe. I love soy sauce and didn’t realize the history behind Kikkoman.

  31. This recipe looks yummy! Thanks!!

  32. Definitely have my red cap (although it’s the extra large jug!). The recipe looks delicious too.

  33. Wow! great giveaway. I really love experimenting with Asian recipes. Your fried rice recipe looks good – I’d probably add more oyster sauce because it really gives the rice an authentic takeout taste.

  34. tweeted

  35. Love Kikkoman, Can’t wait to try this recipe. Is there a certain type rice you use for stir fry? I usually buy jasmine rice.

  36. I love Kikkoman, when I was a kid i’d try to drink the stuff lol.


  37. Some things we are able to buy store brand without noticing a difference in taste, like milk and eggs, but other products, like Kikkoman and Heinz, I can tell a difference.

  38. I use Kikkoman in my mom’s korean short rib recipe!

  39. https://twitter.com/mermont84/status/305142609070944256

  40. definitely just bookmarked this recipe!! :) hoping to make it next week. i looOoOve using kikkoman in tofu recipes too! (im a vegetarian)

  41. Sounds yummy!! Love Kikkoman!!!

  42. tweeted

  43. I pinned this recipe!! I love Chinese food, and its even better made at home! LOVE kikkoman low sodium…a staple in my fridge!

  44. Love Kikkoman. We use it a lot. Recipe looks delicious!

  45. This looks delicious! I’m always looking for new fried rice recipes to try.

  46. I’m going to go dig thru the freezer right now for some boneless pork chops I know are hiding & I’ll make this rice. Thanks!

  47. LOVE Chinese food, and fried rice specifically. This has inspired me to make my own takeout using Kikkoman :)

  48. The recipe (and of course the giveaway) looks fabulous! Happily pinning!
    Thank so much!

  49. Just what I want for dinner tonight. Thanks!

  50. Could you use pork chops as well ? Looks easy and good.