Happy National Fried Rice Day! Takana(高菜) Pickles Fried Rice

Happy National Fried Rice Day! Today is the day to enjoy this versatile, perfect for cleaning up the fridge. 

 

Whenever I have leftover rice from the previous dinner, they pretty much transform into fried rice for lunch. Usually I use diced onions, carrots, and seasoned with ginger and garlic with a sprinkle of salt or a drop of soy sauce. It’s so quick, easy, and never disappoints us. 

 

This time I added Japanese leafy mustard green pickles called Takana. Feeling weird adding pickles in your fried rice? Believe it or not, it’s super delicious!

 

Ready to check the recipe? Let’s cook!

 

<Today’s Recipe>

Takana Fried Rice

takana fried rice

<Ingredients>

  • 2 bowls cooked rice
  • ¼ onion – chopped
  • 2 tablespoons takana pickles
  • A few drops of soy sauce
  • Some salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Optional

  • Your choice of veggies for garnish & extra nutrition

 

<Directions>

  1. Pour olive oil in a pan and cook onion.
  2. Add rice, takana and toss well.
  3. Season with soy sauce and salt.
  4. Set a plate and enjoy!

 

<Cooking Tips>

  • Some say fried rice is cleaning up fridge food, so add whatever sitting in the fridge!
  • Takana is already seasoned to go great with rice, so adjust how much soy sauce and salt you’d add.

 

<Ingredients Memo>

I bet a lot of people wondered what Takana tastes like…yes, Takana is a super rare find that only speciality Asian stores have. As I told you in the beginning, Takana is leafy mustard green pickles and typically eaten as the side of white, plain rice. As it said “mustard,” the veggie tastes slightly hot and bitter. The texture is crunchy, especially the stem part, and some takana lovers can finish bowls of rice with just a few teaspoons of takana. 

 

Even though I said takana is “leafy mustard greens,” what I see in Chinese groceries is different. Takana is  a popular local food from Fukuoka, Kyushu but I only know of them as pickles…stir frying or simmering them is what I have never heard of to cook Takana. I’m not from the area but I wonder if fresh takana is available and cooked in different ways rather than just pickling them. 

takana fried rice

As fried rice is a popular dish from all around the world, I wonder what ingredients you paired up with. Have you added any unique ingredients to your fried rice? Share it in a comment, and let’s be foodies together!

 

 <Other Fried Rice Ideas>

Zero waste food! Genmai Tea Fried Rice

genmai tea fried rice

The popular fakeaway item! Char Siu Fried Rice

chasiu fried rice

Spicy yummy! Cheesy Curry Fried Rice

curry fried rice

Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)

19 Comments Add yours

  1. elvira797mx says:

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Wonderful recipe! Thank’s for share, Tanooki.
    Love fried rice! Love rice! Happy day! Congratulations!

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you Elvira, hope you enjoyed fried rice day like I did❤️

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      1. elvira797mx says:

        You are welcome, Tanooki.
        Yes! I enjoy it ! Great! 🙏❤️

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  2. Looks and sounds delicious (Oishii!)

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you Jeremy!😊

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  3. I wish I could find takana pickles, they sound good! Maybe next time I’m in Fukuoka haha I’ll search for them!

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Yes please visit Fukuoka! I think you’d have food coma while you’re visiting…I know they got so many yummy local food!😍👍💕✨

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      1. I’ve only been there once and it was only for two days, so I definitely would love the chance to stay there longer! And of course try some yummy food haha

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  4. Livia says:

    Takana sounds so interesting and delicious! 🤩
    I would really like to taste it, but I fear it won’t be available here as we don’t have any Japanese speciality stores nearby. 😢

    When I think about fried rice, I always only have our Nasi Goreng with chicken, seafood or vegetables in mind. So it is very nice to read a different recipe. Thank you very much for sharing it. 🙏😍

    (By the way, what a coincidence, we didn’t even know that it was “fried rice day”, but my family and I had Nasi Goreng Ayam (chicken) for dinner Yesterday. 😜)

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    1. Tanooki says:

      OMG you enjoyed Fried Rice Day fantastically!!🤩🙌💕
      And yes! Nasi Goreng is the perfect example of fried rice! I saw pre-mixed sauce packet of Nasi Goreng and enjoyed it for lunch…but wait, do you guys use those kind of instant seasoning when you make Nasi Goreng?🤔 In Japan, we had seasoning packet for fried rice available at grocery stores, but we hardly ever used them because…well, it’s fried rice and we use a lot of umami-rich-leftover-veggies as ingredients, so we just didn’t need it😆

      Hehe, I hear you Livia, even though I’m from Japan, the first time I tasted takana was after I came to the US🤣 Japan is small island country, but distribution of takana seemed not developed (or it is today…? when I have a chance to go back to Japan, I have to check their grocery!)

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      1. Livia says:

        Sorry, but we never use any instant seasoning for Nasi Goreng. 😆
        Maybe I will remember to take photos next time I cook it and then I’ll post the way we do it to my blog, oke?
        Since I hardly have leftover rice (remember, we bring our leftovers to the stray dogs that live on the beach 🐶), I hardly ever cook the Nasi Goreng myself, but get it from a Warung. But my friends there, too, never use instant seasoning. That would just be too expensive to buy it as everybody has the ingredients to prepare the Nasi Goreng always available in their kitchens. 😉

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      2. Tanooki says:

        Yes that would be amazing, Livia!😍
        Since I don’t know what’s real Nasi Goreng is like because they are adapted based on people who are not really familiar with them, so all I can do is to try instant seasoning and think “ok, this is what Nasi Goreng is like😋” If a lucky of visiting to Indonesian restaurant happens and if it’s different from what I’ve tried, I’d think “well, they made it their way?🤔”

        It’s always fantastic to learn how people living in the country cook the specific local food, so I appreciate if you could take some photo and post it in blog🤩🤩🤩 But no pressure, whenever you feel like it & have time to do it🙏💕✨

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  5. M. Lee Keena says:

    Fried rice is my go to if I’m hungry and want something quick. I just made some yesterday with frozen peas and carrots, bacon, onion, egg fried in butter before I add the rice. Yumm 🤤

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Woo sounds yummy! Your version sounds like my every Saturday lunch after coming back from school!(we had school on Saturday morning when I was a little kid. Today Japanese kids don’t have school both sat and sun…I sometimes envy them, but kinda feel pity because they’d never knew how tasty the fried rice for saturday lunch🤣👍)

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      1. M. Lee Keena says:

        I would have been happy to have that as lunch. i had Saturday school (detention) a few times in my life. I was kind of a troublemaker in class. 😉

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      2. Tanooki says:

        Oh wait, the detention is held on Saturday!? I thought it’s always after-school thing👀✨ Hehe, but that being “troublemaker” sounds fun…you must have felt you’re owning entire school with almost no one there😜

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      3. M. Lee Keena says:

        Saturday detention was in high school and it was not fun. The school security watched us.
        Yes, being a trouble maker had its moments. It did prepare me to always be a step ahead of my kids. They never got away with anything 😜

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      4. Tanooki says:

        Oh noooo with school security watching you guys!😫 That sounds not fun at all😂 I bet they’re grumpy for coming to school even though it’s a part of their job.

        Haha, great preparation!👍 Your kids must have been felt “oh no, mom knows the best!”

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