A large plate of fried rice
Sugar Is The Secret Ingredient For Fried Rice That Competes With Takeout
Recreating the fried rice from your favorite restaurant may seem straightforward, but it can be challenging, as many restaurants add secret ingredients you might not think of.
The trick for takeout-style fried rice is to add a bit of sugar. Many restaurant cooks use sugar to add complexity and a caramelized nutty flavor as it coats the grains of rice.
Adding sweetness to your fried rice also complements the other flavors. Just stir the sugar into the skillet full of rice along with salt, pepper, and other seasonings.
Sugar can also complement the sourness in fermented ingredients, such as in fried rice with kimchi. You can even try brown sugar or maple syrup for a deeper sweetness.