One of my favorite restaurants in New York is, unsurprisingly, a Jean-Georges restaurant. He’s got them all over town. Its a special occasion place, but lunch there is a forgivable luxury. The space is on a windswept corner of the West Side Highway at the end of Perry Street in the West Village. Huge windows look out over the Hudson, while inside high ceiling and quiet, muted decor has a touch of mid-century modern strained through the late ’80s/early ’90s. Luxurious, desolate, decidedly urban but at the end of earth, all at once.
Ginger Fried Rice
1/2 cup peanut oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons minced ginger
2 cups thinly sliced leeks, white and light green parts only, rinsed and dried
4 cups day-old cooked rice, preferably jasmine, at room temperature
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons sesame oil
4 teaspoons soy sauce.
1. In a large skillet, heat 1/4 cup oil over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp and brown. With a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels and salt lightly.
2. Reduce heat under skillet to medium-low and add 2 tablespoons oil and leeks. Cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until very tender but not browned. Season lightly with salt.
3. Raise heat to medium and add rice. Cook, stirring well, until heated through. Season to taste with salt.
4. In a nonstick skillet, fry eggs in remaining oil, sunny-side-up, until edges are set but yolk is still runny.
5. Divide rice among four dishes. Top each with an egg and drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil and 1 teaspoon soy sauce. Sprinkle crisped garlic and ginger over everything and serve.
176 Perry Street
New York, NY 10014
recipe courtesy of the New York Times. Mark Bittman. January 22, 2010.