Lazy Man’s Bacon Rice

I ran out of meat in my fridge so I did a minor grocery run to tide me over until weekend. Unfortunately there was nothing much to be had in the supermarket. I guess it is understandable, since it is still Hari Raya holidays.

So I bought these instead.

Bacon stripsssss!!!

I haven’t bought bacon strips for a longgggg longggggg time. Way longgggggerrrrr than I’d like. It was getting ridiculously expensive, these strips. For the past 2 years or so, the strips were getting shorter and shorter, there were lesser and lesser strips, and the price got higher and higher per packet. But I was desperate for meat, and I figured since it is a holiday, maybe it is fine to splurge a little bit on premium meat. And so I did.

I was going to chop the strips into bits and turn them into crunchy topping for my veggie dish to go with rice. Β But then I had an incredible idea.

Remember some time ago when the tomato rice was the thing, and everyone and every idiots began to put a whole tomato into their rice cooker when cooking rice? I thought it was stupid, and I never did that. Not even once.

But could I put bacon bits into the rice cooker? Make my cooked rice become infused with bacon goodness. I know, I know, you’re all probably thinking that this is such a huge waste. But you should also know that I don’t much care what you guys think.

I’ve tried adding bacon strips into my soup to give it that boost in flavor, and it worked. Bacon strips in soup makes the soup awesome! Surely it will do the same with rice? Let’s find out, shall we?

As my rice was cooking away, the rice cooker emitted an incredible aroma that filled the entire house. This is going to work! The rice will be awesome!

Now, at this stage, I’d like to say that my experiment was a success, that my bacon rice was a success.

But I don’t want to be a friggin’ liar. So, nope. Not awesome. When I took a spoonful of rice and bacon and stuffed it into my mouth, it tasted… bland. Absolutely ZERO hint of smokiness, not even mildly. My rice tasted just like rice without any additives, and my bacon strips tasted like un-marinated pork belly slices.

I don’t know what went wrong. I’m pretty sure I did smell the aroma when the rice was cooking. Was it because I over-boiled the bacon, and all the smokiness escaped into the air? Does overcooking bacon make it lose all that wonderful flavors?

Dang! So now I know. No more bacon strips in rice cooker. What an expensive experiment! The only plus point is that I saved 2 slices for future use. Those will definitely go into my frying pan instead!

I had to add light soy to my rice to make it seem more delicious to eat. I’m not happy at all. πŸ™

20 Comments

  1. yesterday I watched a cooking program by Maria Cordero…and she taught how to get a crispy bacon by frying with just plain water…then that bacon stuffed in a croissant and eat like sandwich-style. Anyhow, I know u r lazy…so, it is the usual one-pot-cooks (yat-wok-suk) with the rice and stuffs…haha!

  2. Why is bacon so expansive? Is it imported?

    Bacon fat is good for adding flavour to rice. Fried some garlic, shredded ginger , thinly sliced shallots, dried shitake mushrooms (and dried shrimps) till slightly brown. Tip in some raw rice (rinsed and drained) and fry for couple of minutes. Pour in stock. Cook it in a saucepan or rice cooker. I’m not sure if this tedious for a lazy-man cook☺️

    • I never really checked the [Made In …] part of the packaging, I don’t know if it is imported. I guess yes. But it is probably more expensive because it is smoked (more process).

      Your method is most definitely super tedious for Lazy Man. Thanks, but no thanks. πŸ˜€

  3. That tomato rice craze was a rip off lah, so good for you you did not try it. I think bacon and rice cooked like that not so ngam. Next time just fry the bacon and then pour the whole lot including the oil onto your cooked rice πŸ˜€

  4. Bacon strips! Not cheap but they are sedap, I heard.. I never bought them before but eaten many times especially at buffets.. They normally roast them? Or just put in frying pan? Then with the oil, you fry rice, maybe sedap-er than just putting in rice cooker? hehehehe.. Never mind, at least you tried and now you know..

    • Frying pan is the best way to deal with bacon. Soup is good too if you ask me. Don’t try any other ways… cannot… wasteful… πŸ™

  5. What a waste of good (and expensive) bacon…lesson learnt! πŸ˜€ For me, I would never put bacon in water coz it would be just like boiling a mixture of lean pork and fatty pork. The fatty pork will give your soup (or rice) some oil and the lean parts will turn out like lean pork…and there’ll be flavour whatsoever. I think your previous experiment of bacon in soup was that your soup probably already tasted awesome and you thought that the bacon was the secret ingredient! πŸ˜‰

    • No, I’m pretty sure bacon makes a difference with soup. I’ve tested it enough to know for sure. You can’t mask that smoky meat flavor, can you? πŸ™„ … No more bacon in rice cooker though… πŸ™

  6. I never tried bacon this way… It’s also has been a long time since i buy bacon… Usually i just fry the bacon…

    • No, not with the rice cooker anyway. I don’t usually bother with flavoring my rice during the rice cooker stage, and I probably won’t anytime soon anymore I guess. πŸ™„

  7. It is the big amount of water used to cook the rice that took away the aroma of the bacon.

    Since you are cooking the lazy way, there is no way that you will do the following to get awesome bacon rice:

    1. fry your bacon first until they are a little or lots crispy as you like them to be and their natural oil came out of the bacon fats.
    2. cook the rice in rice cooker as usual until it starts to dry up (bubbles forming).
    3. Pour the oil that came out of the bacon into the nearly cooked rice and mix them well and let the rice cook further until done.
    4. For step 3, you can choose to put in some or all or none of your crispy bacon (to be added only during eating time).
    5. I guess from the above you will get yummy porky bacon infused rice but it is too much work for the lazy way so it is a no, no, no for you.

    One thing good from your lazy mans bacon rice which you deemed as not tasty is that you have good material for a lazy man cooking post. Positive way of looking at it, ya! πŸ™‚

    • You are right, your steps are too much for Lazy Man. I think I would:

      1. Cook rice in rice cooker.
      2. Fry bacon in pan until crispy and the bacon oil released.
      3. Take pan off heat, remove bacon and add rice into pan, and stir.

      But bacon is expensive, so maybe next time πŸ™„ …

  8. I don’t know much about cooking, but your hypothesis that the goodness of the bacon escaped through the aroma made sense. Or maybe it was, too dry and you need some water to bring out the flavours to the rice.

    The last time I had bacon strips was a long time ago, probably in Malaysia when my dad would fry them for Sunday morning breakfast (either this or Maggi noodles for Sunday morning breakfast). It is one of the few kinds of pork that I eat πŸ™„

    • I was cooking rice, it was soaked with water! @.@

      And… bacon is the best type of pork ever. It is no surprise you eat them! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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