This outstanding fried rice is made with brown rice, green onions, pine nuts, chiles de árbol and sesame oil—what may seem like an odd combination of ingredients comes together to create an extremely memorable dish.
To start, prepare all of your mise en place, including the cooking of the rice.
*Note: To prepare the chiles de árbol, first rehydrate the chilies in hot water for 10 to 15 minutes, or until soft. Drain the chilies and slice into thin rounds. Depending on how hot you like your food, you may only want to use 2 chilies; however, this dish is nice with a bit of extra heat from the 3 chilies.
To cook the dish, heat a wok over high heat. Once hot, add the sesame oil, followed by the pine nuts. Quickly toss the nuts in the oil for about 10 seconds—they should just start to take on a nice golden color. Then add the chiles de árbol, followed by the rice. Stir-fry for 2 or 3 minutes, or until the rice has fully heated through.
Lastly, add the green onions and soy sauce and cook for another minute or so. Taste for seasoning.
Serve as a side, or as a simple, yet satisfying snack.
Here is a bit more information on Chiles de Arbol. One of the great things about chiles de árbol is that they do not just add heat to a dish, they also add a nice flavor. The heat from chiles de árbol also seems to dissipate quite quickly.
This recipe is inspired by the Japanese written cookbook, Saisai Gohan by Yumiko Kanou.