Roy Choi Ketchup Fried Rice Recipe

Nov 21, 2013 1:00 pm

Los Angeles chef shares his secret go-to rice dish

Photo: Bobby Fisher
Photo: Bobby Fisher
Roy Choi's ketchup fried rice ain't fancy or hard, and that's exactly how we like it.

For many Korean-Americans and Southern Californians alike, Roy Choi is a hero. His empire of taco trucks, called Kogi, were innovators in their use of social media. Who would have thought Twitter could bring 150 hungry people to a supermarket parking lot? Choi invented that. Ever eaten a Korean short rib taco, an appealing mashup of Asian and Mexican culinary common sense? Choi invented that. Here's a quick fried rice recipe from the chef's great new memoir L.A. SonRead: Roy Choi Is No One-Taco Wonder

Ain’t nothing more ghetto than ketchup fried rice. This is a fiend’s meal. It’s like crackers and aerosol cheese spread. It’s like sugar on some white bread or frozen burritos. Basically, some trashy-ass, fucked-up, dumb shit. But it’s damn tasty! 

Reprinted with permission from L.A. Son

Servings: 4


3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon minced scallion
1 tablespoon minced carrot
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced kimchi
2 cups day-old cooked rice
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 egg
3/4 teaspoon roasted and crushed sesame seeds
  1. Heat a large pan or a wok over high heat and add the oil. Throw in all the vegetables and kimchi and sauté for a minute or so, until you start to see a little color on the veggies. Transfer the veggies to a bowl and return the pan to the stove.
  2. Add a touch more oil to the pan and add the rice, stirring it around occasionally.
  3. Cook the rice until it gets a bit crispy, then add the vegetables to the rice and mix for a minute or two. Add the ketchup and mix everything around until the rice fully absorbs the ketchup. Remove from heat and put a small pan over the flame.
  4. Fry your egg however you like.
  5. Serve yourself a bowl of the rice and top with the fried egg and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
  6. Watch Sesame Street as you eat ketchup fried rice like a G.

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Prep Time: 
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15 minutes
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