I absolutely love fried rice. Love it. It's right up there as one of my all-time favorites. And fried rice with Chinese sausage? It packs a punch of flavor and will always leave you wanting more. This recipe is my attempt at making an old co-worker's mother's fried rice. Food memories are such an important part of our food history. Think of your favorite foods. Experiment in your kitchen. Share your food stories. Here's mine about this fried rice.
Lynn's Mother's Fried Rice with Chinese Sausage: I think I cracked the code!
Let's go on a food memory journey together. Many years ago, I had a co-worker whose mother would visit from China and stay for several months. She made big batches of fried rice with Chinese sausage and my co-worker would bring it in for everyone to try. Unfortunately, I kept missing the day the rice was brought in and shared. I heard stories about it after-the-fact, but never had the pleasure of sampling it.
Some time passed and the fried rice became an urban legend to me. How could it be that I was out of the office every time the rice was brought in? My co-workers went on and on about that incredible rice, thanking Lynn and sending thank you's to her mother. Each time, my brain was in knots: I missed it again? Is this fried rice real? Was it ever real? Is this some elaborate prank that everyone is in on?
Finally, all my prayers were answered. Yes, I prayed for this fried rice. Lynn brought in a platter of her mother's fried rice! She said, casually, "Oh, Stacey do you want to try this?" I jumped out of my skin, "YES!!!!!! I've been dying to try this!!!" I might have done cartwheels across the room to arrive at the platter - it's all a bit blurry now. This is when I found myself in a place of culinary bliss that does not happen too often in life. I was in the presence of greatness. Lynn's mother's fried rice was everything I wanted it to be and more.
Chinese Sausage: It is Sweet and Somehow Savory Too
This sausage is very special. It has a unique flavor which is sweet and savory at the same time. The very first bite I took of Lynn's mother's fried rice, I fell in love with it. I remember the rice being relatively simple looking too. Just carrots, onion, egg and sausage.
The incredible flavor of that rice has stayed with me for years. Surprisingly, I didn't attempt to make the recipe until years later. I don't know how to get in touch with Lynn to verify this, but rest assured, I tried many brands as I tested my recipe. Kam Yen Jan has the exact flavor as the rice Lynn's mom made.
I encourage all home chefs to get to know your kitchens as much as possible. This is a place where recipes are born, tried-and-true family favorites are shared and memories are made. Now go forth and cook!
If you like this recipe, you may enjoy some of my other international delights, like my Thai Lettuce Wraps with Rotisserie Chicken, Ralph's German Meatball Soup, or my tasty General Tso's Chicken with Trader Joe's HackPrint