Pineapple Fried Rice is a great dish to make the next time you have leftover rice. Traditionally, this Thai dish is served in the hollow of a pineapple that has been halved. But this is home-cooking, so let's keep it real ;)
It's best to use refrigerated, overnight rice so that you get individual, whole grains in your dish. Good fried rice should not have any mushy bits. I used rice that was leftover from (same day) lunch, and you can see some of the mushy, lumpy grains from my photos. Thankfully, I am not an apprentice in a restaurant, or I would fail this dish spectacularly! ;P
I used short-cut measures today, opting for canned pineapples instead of fresh ones, and store-bought roasted cashews, instead of raw ones (too lazy to fry them). And I make no apologies for making my job easier ;) Dinner was ready in 30mins (including preparation)!
No frills. No fuss. Just food.
- Cooked rice (enough for 2 to 3 persons)
- Fresh or canned pineapples (cut into bite sized chunks)
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 fresh chilli, deseeded and sliced thinly
- 1 handful of roasted cashew nuts
- 10 french beans, sliced thinly
- 1 large shallot, peeled and sliced thinly
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced finely
- Chicken fillets, cut into small chunks and marinated with light soy sauce
- Shrimps (optional), shelled and deveined
- Squid (optional), cut into rings
- Pork or chicken floss for topping
Seasoning (mix everything up in a bowl)
- 3 tbsp fish sauce
- 3 tbsp chicken stock (have more on hand in case your rice gets too dry)
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- Dash of salt and pepper (if required)
1. Heat some vegetable oil in a wok. Scramble the egg and leave aside.
2. Add a little more oil in wok. Fry garlic, chilli and shallots over low flame till fragrant. Add in french beans and fry till cooked. You may add a little chicken stock if the ingredients look too dry but do not add anymore oil.
3. When french beans are cooked, throw in chicken chunks and/or other seafood (if using). Fry till semi-cooked.
4. Add in rice, followed by seasoning. Fry and toss all the time over high heat. Do not stop. As you fry and toss, make sure you break up all the lumps.
5. Add in scrambled egg, pineapple chunks and cashew nuts. Keep frying and tossing. Do a taste test - need more salt and/or pepper? Add them now.
6. When all ingredients are properly and thoroughly mixed, dish up the rice onto a serving plate. Top with pork or chicken floss.
Remember, fried rice is one of the most versatile dishes, so get creative! Mix and match with whatever ingredients you like or have on hand.