Takana-Chahan is a simple and rustic fried rice with Takana (pickled mustard green from Kyushu island) and one of the Yatai (a Japanese food cart) dishes in Kumamoto prefecture. When Takana is fried, its umami gets fully boosted and brings such a depth to the dish. You can enjoy Takana-Chahan just as it is, which make a perfect lunch, or on the side of Kumamoto’s famous Tonkotsu ramen!!
400g cooked Japanese rice
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 pinches dried chilli rings
2 pinches salt
2 pinches MSG *optional
1/2 tbsp soy sauce
A touch of ground white pepper
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp sesame oil
1. Add the vegetable oil in an non-stick pan and heat on a high heat. Spread the fat evenly.
2. Add the lightly beaten egg and scramble, then take it out.
3. Add the sesame oil and Takana, then fry it for 20 seconds. Add the rice and stir-fry for a few minutes, separating the grains. Give it a few tosses around along the way.
4. Add the chilli rings, salt, MSG and ground white pepper, then stir and toss rapidly to mix them well.
5. Add the soy sauce and stir rapidly again until evenly mixed.
6. Serve it up on a plate.
*To make it a beautiful dome shape, mould it in a rice bowl, cover the bowl with a plate, turn them over together and remove the bowl.