Bakkwa (Chinese Jerky) Fried Rice

恭喜发财!猴年刑大运!Happy Chinese New Year to all you folks out there! Last year, I've took in close to 3 times the order capped for my Salted Egg Yolk Pineapple Tarts, and managed to fulfill the orders by working 5 days straight with my puny oven at home (I almost died).

This year to prevent the same nightmare from happening again, I've come to a conclusion that my oven can't handle the production capacity & hence decided to skip selling any CNY snack this year. Nevertheless I will still be making a few packs of homemade Thyme Honey BBQ Bakkwa (Chinese Jerky) and give out to my close friends & relatives!

Most Chinese family would've bought at least a  pack of Chinese Pork/Beef Jerky over the new year. It is one of the most addictive, flavorful & sinful CNY snack ever created since the ancient times. The aromatic five-spice released from the meat brushed with a thin layer of honey barbecued to perfection . It is no wonder, the price of a pack of this have been increasing steadily throughout the years.

In this week CNY special, I will be sharing a few tips to making a good plate of fried rice using Bakkwa as the main ingredient in this recipe. You can also substitute Bakkwa with Chinese sausage (also known as waxed sausage/Chinese dried sausage) which is relatively easier to get in Asian groceries.

Tip #1 - Use rice that have been leftover in the fridge overnight. It is easier to separate the rice grains from each other when stir frying.

Tip #2 - Mix the yolks with the rice before hand to get each grains coated evenly. It also helps to separate the grains when stir frying,

Tip #3 - Use a wok (if possible) on medium to high heat when stir frying, this helps to create the wok fragrant which is the main essence in creating a good plate of fried rice.

Tip #4 - Refrain from using excessive liquid condiments as this will form lumpy texture to the fried rice which is undesirable.

INGREDIENTS - 2 SERVINGS - 30 MINUTES

  • 70 g of Bakkwa (Chinese Meat Jerky), cut into small pieces - can be substitute with Chinese Sausage
  • 400 g of cooked white rice 
  • 1 stalk of leek, in slices from 45 degrees angle
  • 3 tbs of chopped scallions
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 cloves of garlic, coarsely chopper
  • 1 tbs of soy sauce
  • 2 tsp of salt or to taste
  • 2 tsp of white pepper
  • 3 tbs of vegetable oil

Preparations

Mix the egg yolks with the cooked rice evenly. 

In a wok or a pan, with 3 tbs of oil on medium heat, add in Bakkwa bits & leek to infuse its flavors into the oil. After stir frying for a minute or two, remove the bakkwa & leek (set aside) from the wok leaving the infused oil behind. 

Adjust the heat level to medium high, add in the rice and saute it using a cutting motion with a ladle to separate the grains from each other. Add in the chopped garlic, bakkwa & leek and continue to saute till well combined. Season with soy sauce & white pepper. Add in salt to taste. Continue to stir fry until fragrant.

When just about done, throw in 2 tbs of chopped scallions and give a good mix along with the fried rice. When serving top with more scallions for garnishing.

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