Prior to 1959, Cuba had a thriving Chinese community concentrated for the most part in Havana’s Chinatown. Entrepreneurs by nature, Chinese immigrants opened many restaurants throughout the barrio chino (Chinese Quarters), which at its height spanned 44 blocks. Therefore, it is not surprising that Cubans developed a taste for traditional Chinese dishes, one of which was Chinese fried rice.
This Chinese fried rice recipe will send you scampering the minute the dinner bell is rung for your chopsticks. I am not particularly adept at eating with sticks, so I use a fork. Whichever eating utensil you choose, this flavorsome Cuban style Chinese dish will taste just as good.
Hearty Cuban Style Chinese Fried Rice Recipe
- 3 cups white rice - slightly undercooked unsalted
- 2 bunches green onions (scallions or green shallots)
- ½ pound ground pork (minced pork)
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 medium egg
- Cut ½ pound of naturally hickory smoked thick sliced bacon into small pieces and rinse with water.
- Place bacon in a large pot at medium-high and sauté.
- Remove excess fat from the bacon after cooking.
- Cut ½ a medium onion into small pieces and mince with your electric chopper.
- Place minced onion in a pot together with bacon and sauté.
- Add minced pork to the pot with the onion and bacon and sauté.
- Thoroughly mix in 3 cups of slightly undercooked unsalted long-grain white rice.
- Add mixed vegetables to the rice.
- Add soy sauce to taste. Do not use too much. Let your guests add soy sauce to their individual portions when fried rice is served.
- Crack 2 eggs into the rice and mix.
- Add green onions to rice. Cook rice at low heat for about 15 minutes.