Erin Kunkel
Cook Time
50 Mins
Serves 8 (8 Cups)

Fried rice is a Hawaiian staple, and MiJin Kang, owner of nattokimchee corporation in Maui, pretties hers up with flowers—folded into butter for dolloping on the hot rice at the end, to give it a glossy sheen, and also strewn on top. Any mild edible flower can be substituted for the marigolds and nasturtiums.

How to Make It

Step 1

Mix butter with petals from 2 marigolds and set aside.

Step 2

Heat a large frying pan (not nonstick) or wok over high heat. Coat green onions with 1 tbsp. oil, season with salt and pepper, and add to pan. Cook, turning often, until browned on all sides, about 4 minutes, then transfer to a plate to cool. Add lime or lemon, cut side down, and cook until charred, 45 seconds to 1 minute. Once green onions cool, slice thinly and set aside. Fluff chilled rice with a fork, breaking up clumps.

Step 3

Heat same pan over medium-high heat. Swirl in remaining 2 tbsp. oil. Add ginger, peas, and corn and cook, stirring so ginger doesn’t burn, until vegetables are heated through, 2 minutes. Add green onions and cook 2 minutes more.

Step 4

Push vegetables to side of pan, pour in eggs, and scram- ble quickly with a wooden spoon. Once eggs are firmly set, stir into vegetables.

Step 5

Add chilled rice and soy sauce and stir-fry, drizzling in a little more oil if rice sticks to pan, until completely heated through. Taste and add salt and pepper if you like. Stir in marigold butter.

Step 6

Turn rice into a bowl and add charred citrus half. Sprinkle with remaining marigold petals, along with nasturtium petals and pea shoots.

*To chill the rice well, spread on a rimmed baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap, and chill until very cold and hard (preferably overnight).