- Neutral cooking oil, as needed
- 1 head garlic
- 2 Tbsp butter, unsalted
- ½ tsp ground black pepper, or to taste
- 650g cooked short grain Japanese rice (see note)
- 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp Japanese soy sauce
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp dashi powder (hondashi), dissolved in 2 Tbsp of water
- 2 eggs
- 2 Green onions, chopped
- Crushed seaweed (aonori) for garnish (optional)
Note: To get 650g cooked rice, start out with 1 ½ cups of raw Japanese short grain rice. Or if you're using the little measuring cup that comes with the rice cooker, this is equal to 2 "rice cups".
- Thinly slice about 40% of the garlic; this will be for making garlic chips. (Instead of garlic chips you can also make fried garlic bits, in which case you can just chop them into small pieces.)
- Finely chop the rest of the half the garlic.
- To make fried garlic chips, add about a centimeter of oil in a small pot or wok and turn the heat to medium. Add a little "test" piece of garlic to the oil right away, and once it starts to have a significant amount of bubbling, add the rest of the garlic and turn the heat down to low.
- Fry the garlic chips slowly and gently until they are golden, and until the bubbling has mostly subsided. Remove and drain on paper towel. Keep the garlic oil.
- In a wok or a large skillet, add butter and melt over medium heat. Add minced garlic and black pepper and saute for a few minutes just until the garlic is aromatic and softened. If you feel like it needs more fat, add a little of the garlic frying oil.
- Add rice, soy sauce, dashi mixture, salt. Turn the heat up to high and toss until well combined, breaking up any rice lumps with the back of your spatula.
- Once well tossed, push the rice to one side of the pan to make some room for the eggs. Add a little bit of the garlic oil to the empty space, then add the eggs. Break the yolks, then let the eggs set a bit. Cover the eggs with the rice and let it cook for another 30 seconds longer. Then toss to break up the eggs.
- Turn off the heat and toss in green onions.
- To serve, garnish with crushed seaweed (if using) and fried garlic chips. Enjoy!