Benihana, Inc. owns and licenses restaurants in the Benihana and Benihana Grill chain of Japanese dinnerhouses. The restaurants specialize in an exhibition-style of Japanese cooking called teppanyaki. Customers sit around a communal table at which a Benihana chef slices their seafood, steak, chicken, and vegetables with lightning speed, grills their meal right in front of them, and then tosses it accurately onto their plates. The restaurants are decorated with Samurai armor and valuable art, and Shoji rice paper screens partition the dining areas.




Chicken Fried Rice

Benihana Chicken Fried Rice
Copycat Recipe

 Serves 4

4 cups cooked rice or 1 cup uncooked rice
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
2 tablespoons carrots, finely diced
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons soy sauce

Cook rice following instructions on package (Bring 2 cups water to a boil, add rice and a dash of salt, reduce heat and simmer in covered saucepan for 20 minutes).
Pour rice into a large bowl to let it cool in the refrigerator.
Scramble the eggs in a small pan over medium heat.
Separate the scrambled chunks of egg into small pea-size bits while cooking.
When rice has cooled to near room temperature, add peas, grated carrot, scrambled egg and diced onion to the bowl.
Carefully toss all of the ingredients together.
Melt butter in a large frying pan over medium/high heat.
When butter has completely melted, dump the bowl of rice and other ingredients into the pan and add soy sauce plus a dash of salt and pepper.
Cook rice for 6-8 minutes over heat, stirring often.