Monday, September 13, 2010

Pineapple Fried Rice

This is Isabel's recipe. This friend of mine served this dish when we had a gathering. Everyone liked it so I asked for her own recipe. I like how it was cooked. It has a lot of flavors: nutty, sweet and tasty! I would love to try this too on my son's birthday next year.


1 can pineapple chunks, drain
4 cups cooked rice, preferably at least 1 day old
4 Tbsp oil for stir-frying
2 shallots, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 red or green bellpepper, thinly sliced
1/2 cup roasted unsalted cashews
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/3 cup carrots, cut into sticks
4 egg, beaten (omit if vegan)
1/4 cup currants (or raisins)
3 Tbsp. fish sauce (or substitute 3+ 1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce if vegetarian)
2 tsp. curry powder
1 tsp. chicken powder
3 spring onions, finely sliced
1/3 cup fresh coriander
Optional: 8-12 fresh shrimp/prawns
1 cup ground pork or beef
1 cup chicken breast, thinly sliced

Start by preparing the rice. Add a little oil to the rice (up to 1 Tbsp.) and work through with your fingers. You want to separate the grains of rice, so that they don't stick together. Set aside.
Marinade the ground meat and chicken breast with herb spices..anything you want (e.g., thyme leaves, blackpepper) and olive least 2-3 tsp, a little bit of salt.
Heat wok, cook the scrambled egg first then after finished cooking it, cut into small pcs. set aside.
Swirl 3 Tbsp. oil around a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Stir-fry the ground meat and chicken breast you marinaded til brown. Add shallots, garlic, stir-frying for one minute, or until fragrant. If using shrimp, add them now as well. Add carrots, celery, then curry powder...stir-fry for at least 5 mins.
Now add the prepared rice to the wok/pan. Stir-fry until all the rice has mixed with the ings. and has a uniform color. Break up any lumps with your utensil or a fork. Add the frozen peas, scrambled eggs, raisins,bellpepper and chicken powder. Stir-fry to mix in. Continue stir frying until everything is integrated (1-2 more minutes). Add the pineapple chunks and cashew nuts.Finally, do a taste test. If not salty enough, add 1 tsp to 1 Tbsp. more fish sauce (or salt if vegetarian).Sprinkle with spring onion and coriander. Serve!

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