A traditional heating device of Japan, Hibachi consists of a cylindrical, round, open-topped, or box-shaped container that is lined with or made of a heatproof material. Vegetables, seafood, and meat are cooked in these containers.
Hibachi grills can be built into furniture or portable. Hibachi refers to a special way of preparing food.
The traditional Hibachi restaurants of Japan cook food in this way, right in front of you. It’s mostly a casual dining experience where you have a good time and good food while the chef uses the hot flat-top grill to prepare your meal. Condiments are served right in front of you on the table.
The Hibachi restaurants are very popular in Japan. However, now, you will find them throughout the world, even in the United States.
How To Make Hibachi Fried Rice
It is a unique way of cooking the fried rice, where the chef will fry the cooked rice in a large skillet or heated wok with soy sauce, butter, and some other ingredients. It is basically the same fried rice, but with butter added to it, which gives it a new twist, a unique savory flavor.
The Hibachi way of cooking the fried rice will start with first cooking the rice and then setting it aside for cooling. Chefs at traditional Japanese restaurants will usually use white rice. But, you can use other types of rice too if you want.
For instance, you may even use Instant Pot Brown Rice, because it saves you time. Just remember that your rice should be well cooked and cooled as cooled rice will always fry better than hot rice.
What to Use for Cooking the Fried Rice?
You can always use a wok. In this recipe. I have used a cheap wok that is big in size so I can move all ingredients easily in the pan. It also heats up fast. You will find such a wok easily. You can also use a big skillet if you don’t have a wok at home.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving
Calories 820, Carbohydrates 150g, Cholesterol 136mg, Total Fat 25g, Protein 18g, Sugar 1g, Fiber 3g, Sodium 1234mg, Potassium 297mg
What Oil to Use?
Typically, often Japanese restaurants will often use a blend of different oils for their Hibachi cooking. Cottonseed, peanut, and canola oil are used most commonly. Some chefs will also use sesame seed oils in a 1:10 ratio. There are chefs who will also add soy sauce, rice cooking wine, and olive oil. This will add greater flavor.
So it’s a concoction of different oils that go into the making of what the chefs would use. At home, however, it will always be easier to use just one oil, like I have used sesame oil in this recipe. You may want to experiment once you prepare this recipe a few times and gain more experience.
The Difference Between Hibachi and Fried Rice
Fried rice is mostly from China. In Hibachi style cooking, the traditional chefs will use more soy sauce and butter. The Chinese fried rice, on the other hand, uses more oil or fat, and less of soy sauce. Sometimes, they won’t even use any soy sauce.
Difference Between Teppanyaki and Hibachi Cooking
In Hibachi style cooking, the chef would prepare the meal and do the grilling over a grate. The flat cooking iron griddle surface, which is also carried out over an open flame is called a Teppanyaki style of cooking. Teppanyaki and Hibachi, both these cooking styles are grill food on an open flame. However, the Hibachi style grilling is on a grate surface, while the Teppanyaki grilling is on an iron plate or griddle surface.
What Rice Is Used
You can use any type of rice as I have mentioned already. However, in traditional Japanese cuisine, the chefs will use only two types of rice, and they are both short grain varieties. The first is Uruchimai, which in short is referred to as Japanese rice, and the second is Mochigome, which is also used for making the wagashi sweets.
You can now cook the Hibachi fried rice at home. Just follow the recipe here. It will be a very yummy and wonderful recipe you will surely enjoy.