Not your typical rice dish. Rice, meat, and a sweet/savory/sharp dressing combine to make a dish that will be enjoyed by all. Can be prepared a day in advance.
In a medium-sized pot, cook rice according to package directions. Set aside.
Meanwhile, sauté garlic and onion in a small amount of oil over a low heat until golden.
Add chopped meat and cook until meat is no longer pink and is thoroughly cooked through, about 12–15 minutes. Mix constantly, pressing the meat down and breaking apart as you stir, so it gets thoroughly done. Add this mixture to the rice.
Add soy sauce, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper to the pot and mix all together until well combined. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary, adding salt and pepper if desired.
Stir in a handful of chopped scallions.
Garnish with carrot curls for crunch and color.
You can sub cubed turkey, pastrami, or even cubed meat leftover from a roast for the chopped meat. Adjust cooking time accordingly.
I like the texture of basmati rice in this dish.