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American Fried Rice

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  • Veg
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    • 55 mins
    • Serves 5
    • Easy

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    Khao Pad American literally translates to ‘American Fried Rice’. Thai cooks during the Vietnam war era, used to give US service men something the Thais thought the Americans would want to eat while over there in Thailand during breaks. This explanation makes sense rather than the cooks coming up with racist recipes. It’s almost like the Thai cooks put all the things they thought of when they thought of American food, and fried them up with rice.

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    How to Make American Fried Rice

    1. Cook the rice, and let it dry out a bit
    2. Fry the egg in a good amount of oil (about 4 tablespoons) on high heat. The egg should bubble up and sizzle like crazy if the pan is hot enough. The edges should brown and get crunchy too. When browned, remove and set aside.
    3. Cut the ends of the hot dogs in an X pattern, up about 1/3 of the way. This will create extra surface area to get crispy when you fry it. (See picture).
    4. Fry the hot dogs in the oil, until crispy, set aside with the egg. Dump the remaining oil.
    5. Fry the onions in 1 teaspoon of fresh oil on medium high until translucent, then add the butter. When the butter is melted, throw in the rice.
    6. Stir well to mix, and fry for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
    7. Add the ketchup, golden mountain soy sauce and raisins. Stir well and cook for another minute or two.
    8. Put on a plate and top with the fried egg and hot dogs.
    9. While this dish almost always has a fried egg as a side, the meat 'side' can vary. Usually you see fried hot dogs, fried sausage, fried ham or a fried chicken leg.
    10. And that is what the Thai call a Khao Pad American.
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