i wander

posted on: 3.29.2012

Not all those who wander are lost.
J.R.R. Tolkien

... some of us are just looking for some good local fried rice.  

We go to random places.  We meet random people.  But lost we are not.  We know where we're going, we know what we want.  We are lovers of rice, fried that is.     And if you're living local in Hawaii you have a pretty good chance of finding it everywhere... lucky, lucky us.  The boys and I found a pretty darn good plate full on our morning trip to Kualoa Ranch.  And that onion filled version inspired this.

Kimchee Fried Rice: Topped with an egg-filled Maui onion ring.

I would love to share my recipe for fried rice, and if I actually had one you know I would.  But I kinda think the thing with really good homemade fried rice is that it's a "clean out the refrigerator" kine dish, you know?  It uses up leftover rice, a day old or more is best, and it can be filled with pretty much any protein or veggies you have on hand.  I tend to keep mine simple but always include, onion, green, sweet or otherwise and scrambled eggs.  Here's a local"ish" recipe if you're not wanting to just heat a pan of oil and leave it up to chance. 

And here's  a link to a recipe for that game changing Kimchee, it's best coarsely chopped and stirred in at the very end.

About that egg...
 A seriously easy topper that will have everyone saying-- "Oh my local goodness".   Heat a flat frying pan on medium high, there's nothing warped about it, if your pan isn't flat the egg will ooze out from under the onion ring-- "Maui onion ring surrounded by egg" just doesn't have the same ring to it.  Generously spray the heated pan with non stick spray.  Cut rings from the center of a Maui onion-- they're the bestest 'cause their big and sweet, but any sweet onion will do and really if you don't mind onion then "sweet" isn't a real requirement.  Place onion rings on pan and brown slightly turning once.  Immediately following the second turn, crack an egg in to the center of each onion ring.  No worries if some of the egg seeps out from under or flows over, this will be easy enough to "clean" off of the ring later, and you can just throw any little egg bits in to the fried rice.  Waste not.  Cook until the egg has reached desired doneness.  You may want to reduce the heat a bit.  Carefully slip a spatula under each egg-filled ring and place on top of a mound of fried rice.  Prepare yourself, "oohs" and "ahhs" are sure to follow.  Just go with them-- it's pretty darn easy but... I won't tell if you don't. 

live sweet,

Outtakes from our little food photo shoot.  Somebody found it very yummy-- Sean!


  1. Good stuff. I really like the onion idea.

  2. Thanks. I really, really like you. I hope the ideas here color your life beautiful!


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