Japanese Style Fried Rice
February 6, 2012 - Fearlessly Archived - Still a fun read, price & availability may have changed.
With Edamame, Tofu & Hijiki Seaweed!
If you're a fan of Japanese cuisine, Trader Joe’s Japanese Style Fried Rice is going to bring great pleasure to your palate. It's made exclusively for us, using a traditional Japanese recipe, so while it’s authentic in its preparation, you’re unlikely to find anything just like it anywhere on this side of the Pacific.
In Japan, this style of rice is called Takikomi Gohan, literally translated as "vegetable rice." Ours is made using California-grown, medium-short grain white rice that’s flavored with soy sauce and mirin, a sweet rice wine used in Japanese cooking, along with a bit of sugar and sesame oil. Giving the rice an additional flavor enhancement, as well as a protein boost, are edamame and strips of lightly fried tofu. The signature flavor here, though, comes from the very fine strips of hijiki seaweed—a little salty and a bit nutty, it’s the ideal ingredient to bring all these flavors together.
Trader Joe’s Japanese Style Fried Rice is fully cooked—you can heat it in minutes in the microwave, or in a skillet or wok on the stovetop. Serve it as a side with a larger Japanese-inspired meal, or make it the main dish for an Asian vegetarian feast. We’re selling each 16 ounce bag for $2.99. You’ll find it in our freezers.