I didn’t think that I will live to see a time when jollof rice would dominate and become the people’s choice.
Back in the day when all was good and fine, fried rice was a celebrated dish – much more celebrated than jollof rice. And because of the carefulness, skill and time that goes into its preparation, fried rice was a ceremonial meal in most homes. Many of us didn’t have fried rice everyday. It was considered a luxury.
Yes, fried rice was this special. Few years back in our society, fried rice was solely for the upper class, while jollof rice was for the lower class! #fact
Those times, at the mention of fried rice, your eyeballs would pop out from their sockets, your brain would do somersaults in your head, your taste buds automatically get activated like, jollof who? Move over! Fried rice was the real deal few years back.
Today, Jollof rice seems like the best thing on everybody’s food menu; simply because of the modifications and updating carried out to improve it’s quality. Sadly, as jollof evolved, fried rice was gradually devalued.
This happened – Nigerian cooks devised a cheap way of making fried rice. Fraudulent practices such as emptying containers of curry powder into their pots of rice became the order of the day.
Now, what you’re served in most restaurants and at events is a plate of chaff-like, bland, green-yellow grains of rice. These days any rice coloured ‘green’ could pass for fried rice. Tueh!
Worse still, lately, the chunks of carrots and peas you find in fried rice are now countable and sparsely distributed in this food; that’s if you’re lucky to find any. And then restaurants would slap a heavy price tag on it. Of course, they have served you the almighty ‘fried rice’.
Sincerely, I feel bad for the millennial generation. You people may never get to know what the real fried rice tastes like. Poor things. You may not be fortunate to enjoy that richly-garnished, colourfully decorated fried rice that made some moments of our lives memorable. Those days are gone and we may never get them back.
Child, those plates of spicy, curried cereals you buy at overrated fast food restaurants and cafeterias in your campuses can not be classed as fried rice! Not even close! What they serve you there is the worst thing that happened to fried rice.
Who remembers the good old days? Let’s reminisce in the comments section.
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