Too Schooled For Cool

Redbull, Monster, Rockstar, 5-hour Energy, Full Throttle, SK Energy, the list for energy drinks has expanded overwhelmingly over the last past decade. With America’s busy, fast-paced lifestyle, energy drinks are seen as an essential to keep our bodies going. I personally plead guilty to consuming more energy drinks than the label stated to help me keep going during finals week and I’m a health freak. I see energy drinks as more of a drug than a “supplement” in which they claim but it’s hard to ignore that “redbulls gives you wings” phrase every time I’m desperate to keep my eyes open. The marketing strategy for these energy drinks have significantly impacted the youth generation more than anybody else and just like cigarettes and alcohol corporations, energy drinks companies target the youth population as their main strategic market.

ABC News claim that studies have shown that more than 20,000 emergency room visits in the past year are linked to energy drinks directly. Out of those people who are most likely to be students, 42% mixed the energy drink with another stimulant such as Adderal or alcohol while 58% of the consumers just took the drink itself. Despite all the glamour energy drinks companies put in their commercials, they purposely leave out the facts about the harmful ingredients in their products. For example, an average adult consumes a cup of coffee a day and that’s about 80g of caffeine. Just one can of red bull outweighs that with 100g of caffeine. During finals week, we all know the average college students consumes at least 2 cans of red bull and with excess consumption of caffeine, we’re prone to caffeine intoxication which is a condition that can cause nervousness, heart irregularities, increased blood pressure, insomnia, neurological symptoms and anxiety.

What is it about energy drinks that make them so appealing to teenagers? One out of three teenagers drink energy drinks and this is becoming a new trend. The drinks were definitely not bought in school because most schools have banned soda and beverage machines. So to answer that,we have to examine the issue from the eyes of a teenager like myself. First off, imagine a typical energy drinks commercial.

Is this what popped up in your mind? Because these are the typical models used to attract the younger audiences. Energy drink companies associate themselves with “in” fabs such as monster trucks, young and attractive models that teenagers get worked up upon to create a sense of familiarity and to establish a relationship between the brand and people. With the amount of stress and pressure nowadays to get good grades in school, staying up late to finish homework and study is nothing out of the ordinary. With horrible sleep cycles and time management skills, we as teens are put in a vicious cycle and since there is always a paper due or a test to study for, procrastination is nothing new. We as human beings are not built to function on 4 hours of sleep and because of this trend, energy drink companies have grasped that concept and they market towards the youth population.

Though I may compliment on the energy drink companies on such ingenious marketing skills, let us not forget we have lived 2 million years as homo sapiens to not need these extra supplements and we do NOT need it now. If you feel the need to grab that red bull to feel “in” on this trend and to boost your confidence, you’re doing it at your own expense. I know, our parents tell us all the time that when we grow to be 40, we’re going to regret how we neglected our body for all that time and you know what? with these new trends, I think they’re going to be right.

Be an exception and be too schooled for cool.


Am I What I Eat?

15 weeks, 30 days, 1500 minutes. That’s how long I have spent in Beckman 204 and every single one of those 90,000 seconds contributed to my growth as a writer and as a person. I came into Chapman University thinking I was going to do work just to do work and I never thought Chapman’s mission statement of making me into a global citizen would actually apply to me. I mean, I’m just an average kid who plays basketball for the team and trying to get by. English has never been my strongest or best subject so I never truly enjoyed writing the 5 paragraph prompts on Hemingway’s ridiculously  hard to understand stories. I didn’t think the headaches and late nights those papers brought me before class had much of an impact on my ability to write but now, I appreciate the foundation in rhetoric I have.

15 weeks ago, I still remember vividly sitting at desk, staring intensely at my blank computer screen, trying my hardest not to think about how I’m going to get through this while extremely overwhelmed by work demanded in the syllabus. Through this English 103 course, I now have a better grasp of the quote “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are” by Brillat-Savarin because of the various factors food is tied with. I have explored the relationship between food and different cultures by entangling my own Chinese background and the food I ate as a child to the food I am still consuming as an adult.  I also learned about international table manners that pertain to different people in different countries. With that, I was mind-blown by how much politics food can have over people and just the other day, a protestor of Chick-fil-A came to my dorm to tell me to not do a day of service for Chapman because they were sponsoring the event. Though I do not believe the statement made by the president of Chick-fil-A is offensive, many took it as a discrimination clause. I believe in the freedom of speech and I don’t understand why someone would ask the Dan Cathy, the president of a Christian-based restaurant chain, what constitutes as marriage. Quite frankly, my chicken burger has nothing to do with that and I still eat at Chick-fil-A not because I stand with them politically, but because I think I have the right to a good chicken burger.

15 weeks ago, I would have dreaded the idea of writing a research based recipe story, a manifesto and a huge research paper that would require me to go out and do some in field digging myself. I’m not exactly shy but the idea of having to go interview someone doesn’t sound like the best way to spend my Saturday. In fact, I stated in my first blog that “As ready as I am to take on the next 15 weeks, I am dreading the part where I will have to go interviewing other people.” Every time an interviewer would want to talk to me after my basketball game, I would try to get out of it as quick as possible because I would feel the tremendous pressure on me to not sound stupid. The idea of what I say to the reporter will actually be recorded frightens me because sometimes, actually a lot of times, I speak before I think and that’s a huge problem for interviews. However, through the encouraging words from my peers and professor, I have sucked it up, and just went with it. The dread I was feeling in the beginning of the semester has transformed into triumph because now I feel like I can conquer the world. Of course, that’s a hyperbole and I often misuse a lot of those in my interviews and that’s why interviews are not my cup of tea. But green tea is.

15 weeks ago, I never would have thought I was capable of writing and starting my own blog and just like how rice needs an abundant amount of water, sunshine and care before it turns into something so delicious, I thank you Professor Keefe for molding me into the individual I am today. I really enjoyed the watching of King Corn and though I watched America Revealed: Food Machine late, I enjoyed it all. I think if we were divided into partners or groups and we had to watch the film together that would have been more effective because it’s always good to have someone to keep you on check. Words cannot describe how grateful I am for the past 15 weeks and thank you English 103 for making me believe I can contribute to the voice of our generation.

Genetically Modified Banana Split

GMO or otherwise known as genetically modified organisms is defined as “an organism or microorganism whose genetic material has been altered by means of genetic engineering” by and well, that tells you a lot about what they are. The debate over GMO’s has been outrageous recently especially with the introduction of Prop 37 in California. Prop 37 means:

  • Required labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if the food is made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways.
  • Prohibited labeling or advertising such food as “natural.”
  • Exempted from this requirement foods that are “certified organic; unintentionally produced with genetically engineered material; made from animals fed or injected with genetically engineered material but not genetically engineered themselves; processed with or containing only small amounts of genetically engineered ingredients; administered for treatment of medical conditions; sold for immediate consumption such as in a restaurant; or alcoholic beverages.”

What I’m interested in the most is what makes GMO such a controversial matter? It could be because of the health and safety reasons that we shouldn’t interfere with nature, or the ethical issue associated with it, or it could simply be because people don’t like their food to be messed with. Before anyone jump to the conclusion of becoming pro or anti GMO, let’s look at the benefits and the harm.

Genetically Modified foods grow quicker than normal foods and since we’re a country that’s always after speed, GMO would help reduce the growth time of plants tremendously. The foods that are modified have more nutrition and they are improved resistant to disease, pests and herbicides. Two short generations ago, our nation didn’t have enough food to feed everyone and back then, farming was all by hand, like the way we imagine it would be. However, with the advance of technologies, farming has transformed into an art and every drop of water is perfectly articulated to water the plant in a non-wasteful way. Farmers maximize their profit by grasping the science behind fall these new technologies because utilizing the most of their resources will help them get the most money and that’s generally what everybody’s after. On a lighter note, did you know if bananas weren’t genetically modified, the seeds in the middle would prevent us from eating it? Now imagine a world without bananas, how horrible would that be.

Animals can also be genetically modified and the modified animals have fewer health problems and are generally tastier. Farmers don’t have to worry about the swine flu or the mad cow disease with genetically modified animals because they are engineered to be resistant to bacteria and diseases.

I’m all for building better food for humanity but it frightens me to think there are consequences for trying to interfere with nature too much. In physics, every action triggers a reaction and since GMO’s are so new, we don’t really know about the reactions. Some of the opposing views say we’re introducing new species of plants and animals and that would have detrimental effects on our ecosystem. Also, if we instill herbicide resistant genes into the plants, if our crop accidentally crosses with weed or bacteria, they would be extremely hard to eliminate. Though some studies say GMO crops yield in a shorter time, many also claim that statement is false and the standard foods grow in equal amount of time as GMO. If that were the case, then GMO food doesn’t really have an edge because as the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

After weighting both sides of the issue, I see the importance of this issue and though I don’t agree with Prop 37, I’m skeptical on GMO’s. Prop 37 will cost companies millions of dollars every year and where are they going to get that money from? CEO’s aren’t cutting their own pay rolls to put the labels on their foods so to save myself and my family some extra bucks, I’m going to skip out on supporting this one. If someone truly wants to know if something is genetically engineered, they’ll find a way. On the other side, I hope you thought about living in a world without bananas, because I deserve the right to have a banana split.

King Corn vs. Food Machine

Breakfast: Bacon, eggs, sausauge, whole-wheat bread with strawberry jam, cereal with milk, and a glass of orange juice

Snack 1: Fruit cup

Lunch: Cheeseburger with barbeque sauce, a side of fries, ketchup, and a glass of Dr. Pepper

Snack 2: Power bar

Dinner: Stouffer’s lasagna, nice juicy cut of steak, side salad with ranch dressing

Dessert: Chocolate lava cake

Snack 3: Yoplait yogurt

This sounds like a normal diet of an average American today but what do all these food have in common? Corn. All of the foods listed above have some trace of corn in it and all these corn aren’t ending up in my stomach directly. Most of the corn grown is processed beyond recognition and we as consumers don’t even realize we’re putting that much corn in our body. Corn is now the most profitable crop in the United States today and it has become the biggest government subsidized crop in our nation’s history. In King Corn, Ian and Curt learned how to grow corn, where all the corn went and how much money is made in profit for corn through first-hand experience. Throughout the documentary, they exploited America’s food source and they really transmitted their message through disheartening statistics. Because I believe in the power of persuasion, I personally enjoy King Corn more than America Revealed: Food Machine. However, both are great films and you should watch these films and judge for yourself.

King Corn is a more centralized film because it’s focused on one single crop and the film doesn’t show portray the main characters as some super star. They are just regular folks like us and Curt and Ian addresses the fact that they started working on this project because they just graduated from college and they have too much time of their hands. Think back when you were in college, when people asked you what or where you see yourself in 10 years, I believe you’re equally as lost as me right now. Because they admitted to this, I feel more connected to them personally because I’m a freshmen in college and like many of my peers, I don’t have a clear sense of direction in where I want to go with my life. With this approach, the film attracts young audiences like me who wouldn’t even be necessary interested in the topic in the first place but just the feeling of knowing I can connect to them personally draws me in.

Food Machine on the other hand is done on a bigger scale because Yul Kwon depicts the various global connections with food. He does overlap with King Corn on some topics but his focus is mainly on where does our food source come from and how does an industrialized farming world affects us as a whole. I thought his documentary covered a variety of topics from La Tomatina en Reno which is a tomato fight that happens every year to raise money for cancer to tracking the delivery tracks of a Domino’s pizza man. Yul Kwon is the winner of survivor and he is much more well-known than Curt and Ian in King Corn. Because of this, survivor watchers would watch this show automatically just to see him and what he’s doing with his life. We always want to know what celebrities are doing with their lives and it definitely caught my attention when I saw he was the host of this series.

The two films both offer phenomenal insights into the food industry and these documentaries proved that not all educational materials are dull and boring. Food is an everyday asset to me thus making it important for me to know where my food came from and what they had to go through. I would recommend King Corn over Food Machine just because I like to be focused on one topic and I’d rather be a master at one trait than jack of all traits. I would strongly recommend you spend some time and watch these series because our health is ultimately the most important thing to us and we need to be responsible for our own eating habits by making the right eating decisions. After all, we are what we eat right?

Got Rice?

A grain of rice is approximately the size of a rain drop. It’s small, tasteless and almost seemingly insignificant. However, when 3500 grains of rice comes together and fill my bowl, they become relevant because anything that fills my tummy is important. My whole life has been revolved around rice and it is still now. Sadly, my favorite part college is going home eating an authentic Chinese meal my mom cooks with good home rice. I know, there are numerous different kinds of rice in the dining hall but there is just something about home cooked rice that makes it unique. Rice isn’t something that has a distinctive smell or taste or color which may make it seem insignificant but comparing home cooked rice to dining hall rice is like comparing the air we inhale in the city and the air we breathe on a mountain. The difference is minimal because it’s the same object of comparison but it’s a gut feeling you have when you know something is better.

There are numerous debates as to where rice originated from and according to The Cambridge World History of rice “Prior to the 1950s, the belief in the antiquity of rice cultivation in China was based on mythical writings in which ‘Emperor Shen Nung’ (c. 2700 B.C.) was supposed to have taught his people to plant five cereals, with rice among them.” However, many historians and botanists challenged this idea so there is no clear answer as to who first cultivated land to plant rice. I’m just glad whoever first discovered rice decided to cultivate it because the world wouldn’t be so good without rice.

Rice took quite a journey around the world and it first traveled to the Korean peninsula before 1030 B.C. The Japanese began to cultivate rice at about 1000 B.C and there have been various transportation routes for rice. Rice traveled to the Soviet Union in the early 1770’s and spread to the United States around 1609 in Virginia and traveled to Hawaii sometime from 1853 to 1862 through Chinese immigrants. From then on, rice slowly but surely spread to all over the world and it is now the most consumed crop by humans in the world. Rice is the second most used crop behind corn and we know now from King Corn that corn is literally in everything we consume.

In the Philippines, there is a legend about how rice ended the hunter-gather days and allowed people to settle down in one place with the invention of farming. According to the legend, a long, long time ago, people only lived off the animals the men hunted and the fruit and vegetables the women gathered. There was no way of staying in one place because food would eventually be scarce within an area so they would have to migrate and go to a new area. However, that would change from a deer hunting trip.

The men that day wanted to hunt a deer down for a feast and they chased the deer to another mountain. They were all exhausted from the hunt so they took a break under a tree and they discovered that there were Gods living in that region of the mountain. The men paid their respect to the Gods and the Gods liked that so the men were invited to feast with the Gods. They had lots of meat but they also had these strange looking seeds that the Gods cooked with bamboo leaves. Reluctant to eat with those strange seeds, the men refused at first to dine with the Gods. However, after the Gods promised with their lives that the white seeds were edible, the men ate with the Gods and they brought back seeds for the whole village. After the men ate rice, they became stronger and stayed full longer and that’s the tale of rice came from.

Whether you buy into that legend or not, I’m just grateful rice found its way into the world I live in today. Unlike the United States where food is always abundant and cheap, there are numerous countries where food is scarce and people die from hunger. From my interview with my mother, she revealed how her childhood was like in China during World War II and the Revolution War. She told me “I was born at time when China was in the middle of our revolution and everybody was poor. Grandpa was the captain fishermen so we had a lot of fresh seafood. The government handed out ration tickets that you can trade in for rice, meat, oil, salt and the foods you absolutely need to have. Of course, the foods were not enough to get you full but good enough to make you not hungry. To feed our family, grandma would always go trade our extra fish for rice so we were never out of rice.  I was well fed compared to a lot of the other families and people weren’t as fortunate and generally, people weren’t starving but they were definitely not well fed.”

Our conversation then lead to my birth and the environment I grew up in. I was born and raised in China until we immigrated here in the 4th grade and for as long as I can remember, my dining option in China was nowhere comparable to what we have here in the states. At lunchtime, you get some soup, one main dish and rice. If you’re allergic or just dislike the dish, that’s unfortunate for you because there is no second option. When I immigrated to the states, I was surprised at the freedom to choose between a burger, salad, or pizza and I know it may not sound much, but I was happy just with the power of controlling what I eat. Because of the conditions my mother was brought up in, she always taught me to be grateful for my food and not waste any because there are thousands of starving young children in this world. My mother would always tell me to finish every last grain of rice in my bowl because it’s the little things that make the biggest difference.

When I was walking around Ralph’s the other day, I went to the rice aisle to look for the different kinds of rice that are offered. To my surprise, there is a huge variety of different types of rice that you can buy  and it boggled my mind to think that we import all of these rice from other countries (well, at least I thought all of those rice were imported). After doing some research, I found that only 7% of the rice we consume in the United States is imported from other countries and the average American eats about 20 pounds of rice per year compared to the 540 pounds of rice people eat in Brunei Darussalam-which is the leading country with the average pound per person rice consumption. China produces the most rice in the world with 102,640,324 tons of rice a year, and that number’s so big I have trouble picturing it. (If you would like to know more about interesting rice facts, click here).

Have you ever seen a rice field here in America? Me neither. However, the U.S. is actually ranked #10 worldwide for the total production of rice with 11,027,000 tons a year and we’re the 5th biggest exporter of rice with 1,705,590 tons. According to USDA, ” the United States exports about half of its rice crop, mostly to Mexico, Central America, Northeast Asia, the Caribbean, and the Middle East and ships smaller volumes to Canada, the European Union (EU-27), and Sub-Saharan Africa.” It never occurred to me that the U.S. grows so much rice just because of our eating habits and climate and the rice I thought was foreign is actually grown out of our own back yard. The following is a chart showing the exporters and the importers of the major nations in the world.

All crazy  numbers aside, I’m just grateful for the bowls of rice that made my tummy happy all my life. When I ask people what they think of rice, they automatically resort to thinking about a rice bowl filled with hot steaming white rice next to a pair of chop sticks. Though that may be the case most of the time, rice is used commercially in the world.

Infant food and beer, there shouldn’t be any connection between the two right? Wrong. Rice is used in making of a variety of food items such as: infant foods, snack foods, breakfast cereals, beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages. It is also used for the making of rope and paper, construction material, cattle feed and much more and that’s why only 5% of the world’s rice enters the world market.

Gratitude for…. Spam?

Thanksgiving is a perfect day to give thanks and appreciate everything we have and a day to be grateful. It’s arguably my favorite holiday because Thanksgiving signifies the beginning of the holiday season and that means lots and lots of delicious food. Most importantly, it’s a day to feast without feeling guilty about eating that extra turkey leg. An average American consumes 5,000 calories on Thanksgiving Day but hey, it’s Thanksgiving, who’s counting?

This Thanksgiving was much different from all the others I had because my feast came the day after Thanksgiving. My typical Thanksgiving Day would be to go to a church gathering with my family but to my dismay, we didn’t follow our normal routine. I had basketball practice that morning from 9AM-11AM so that night, I just ate out with my parents. The next morning, I headed out for a basketball tournament at California Lutheran University and that night, we had a potluck at one of our teammate’s house. At first, I thought it was going to be a burger and hot dog kind of potluck but boy was I wrong.

The moment I set foot in the house, the savory aroma of turkey hits me and I almost couldn’t control my urge to run over the 10 people in front of me to get myself a bite of that juicy, tender turkey. As I walk closer, I begin to hear tri tip grilling in the kitchen, smell macaroni and cheese baking in the oven and rich aroma of the pumpkin pie cooling on the shiny medal stand. When I finally arrived to the table, I was delighted to see a full table of different cultured food arranged in such an elegant way that makes me want to throw out all the manners I’ve learned over the past 18 years of my life and just use my hand to dig in. There was a shiny honey glazed ham sitting next delicious looking tortilla salad and numerous other dishes such as mashed potatoes, fruit bowl, and Spam Musubi. Wait, Spam Musubi at Thanksgiving? That’s not something you would normally find but since we are a diverse team I wasn’t particularly surprised as to be excited by the sight of the perfectly cut rectangular bite-sized spam Musubi.

Just when I was debating whether or not to grab one when no one is looking, one of the parents picked the whole tray up to offer us one because I guess the attention the dish is receiving isn’t as subtle as I thought. I quickly accepted one and took a bite into the soft chewy spam Musubi and it brought back nostalgic memories of my childhood instantaneously.

As I finally come back to reality, I look to my right and found my teammate perplexed at the food. “What’s wrong?” I asked, “nothing” she replies, “it’s just I’ve never eaten one of these before, what’s in it?” I almost burst into laughter because Spam is such a common food to me that it seemed impossible for anyone to not have knowledge what it is. Spam Musubi consists of a piece of rectangular spam sandwiched in between rice and wrapped in a big piece of seaweed. It’s like a hamburger but instead of the outside buns, you have rice and instead of the sesame seeds covering the buns, you have a thin piece of seaweed wrapped around the rice and the spam is the meat inside the burger. A normal spam Musubi is the size of an iPhone and about an inch and a half thick. After I explained it to her that spam is just canned pork meat, she took a bite into it and gave me a nod of approval.Contrary to popular belief, Spam didn’t originate in the Asian countries. Instead, the Spam trademark was found in the United States. The company was founded by George A. Hormel in the late 1890’s in Austin, Minnesota and the company later became Hormel Foods Corporation. The name Spam comes from the words “Spiced Ham” and the Hormel developed Spam as a way to separate his competitors from himself because the fresh meat industry was way too competitive back then. After years of trying to can meat, he finally succeeded and there has been numerous types of Spam such as: Spam Lite, Hot and Spicy Spam, Turkey Spam, etc… In 2001, there has been so many different kinds of Spam sold that a Spam Museum was opened. Spam has remained one of my favorite foods because it’s simple, easy to carry and delicious.

Though my Thanksgiving dinner came late this year, it was probably one of the best I’ve had. This Thanksgiving, I give thanks to being so privileged as to have a wonderful family and friends that truly cares and loves me for who I am. Of course, I’m also thankful for delicious food that I’ve been so blessed with and for George Hormel for finding Spam.

What’s in your rice?

What’s the first real food you ate as a baby? Rice was probably mine. I have been eating rice the day my teeth grew out of my mouth because I was born in a traditional Chinese family. Of course, that’s a hyperbole and my memory doesn’t take me that far but I wouldn’t be surprised if that assumption was true. In my early childhood, eating rice at lunch and dinner is as natural as drinking water to me because it’s just something that you always would have. Breakfast was the only meal that consists of something different, but milk was a must because my mother wanted me to have strong bones and a sufficient amount of calcium in my body. For this food project, I thought what better candidate do I have to interview than my own mother? After all, she is responsible for why rice is such a huge part of my diet. As silly as I thought it was, I asked her the different foods she ate during her childhood that she cooks for me now. I thought it would just be a short and sweet interview but much to my surprise, she told me a story that sounded like something out of a Chinese movie.

She told me “I was born at time when China was in the middle of our revolution and everybody was poor. Grandpa was the captain fishermen so we had a lot of fresh seafood. The government handed out ration tickets that you can trade in for rice, meat, oil, salt and the foods you absolutely need to have. Of course, the foods were not enough to get you full but good enough to make you not hungry. To feed our family, grandma would always go trade our extra fish for rice so we were never out of rice.  I was well fed compared to a lot of the other families and people weren’t as fortunate and generally, people weren’t starving but they were definitely not well fed.” We then talked about how life was like back then and how I am so lucky to be born at a time where food is cheap and abundant all the time. From our conversation, I never knew something as small and common as rice could be such a huge asset to the people and I understand now why Chinese people like to be frugal. If I grew up at a time when food is scarce, I would develop habits and characteristics as an adult to save as much as I can and be as cheap as I can. It never hit me that I have never even wanted to inquire about my mother’s childhood because well, I thought I knew almost everything about her. From this interview however, I have learned more about the history of China than I have ever in my history books. This conversation about rice has made me cherish my food and what I have more than ever and it let me to see how food can connect close families even more.

Imagine a typical Chinese restaurant. The dragon or the phoenix hanging on the wall, the loud noises of people speaking and the wonderful aroma of different foods fill a television-less room. I have always liked eating at Chinese restaurants because I like to eat family style. For my second interviewee, I went to speak to one of my mom’s friend who works at a small Chinese restaurant. When I was in middle school, which is about 6 years ago, rice was served free and unlimited in almost all Chinese restaurants but nowadays, they charge you a person fee for ordering rice. I asked her why that is and she straight out told me that “ rice is getting more expensive now with all the other foods and restaurants have to be competitive for your business so they mark down the price for their dish and charge you for rice.” Unlike the free bread you get at some American restaurants, rice is necessity with Chinese food because orange chicken without rice would not be tasty. She informed me that her small restaurant only had one huge rice cooker and when the rice is cooked, they put it in a large container so they can cook more rice if they ever run out. Rice doesn’t get cold even though there is no heating device the container sits on because it goes out so quickly. Also, she told me a “fun” fact about my fried rice and I would advise you not read on if you like fried rice because I don’t want to ruin anything for you.  Ever wonder what happens to the rice that people don’t finish in their little red container? It gets transferred to this huge storage pan after the server takes it away and the leftover rice is what fried rice is consisted of. After what she told me, I am definitely never ordering fried rice out again so if you want good fried rice, here are some great ways to do it at the comfort of your own home.