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.
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. 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. 🙁