Saturday, 29 September 2007

Thai Pineapple Fried Rice



Since young, my family and i use to enjoy dinning in Thai Restaurants back home. We even used to drive across the border of Thailand just to have lunch there and come back. We seldom do that now since Thailand has become a little politically unstable.
We used to always order pineapple fried rice as a side dish when we had Thai food.It always came in a nicely carved pineapple and i was perpetually amused with it. I adore fruit and vegetable carvings. A friend of mine was hankering for pineapple fried rice a few days ago. It has been some time since i had Thai food and thought why not. I knew it was quick and won't take much time to prepare.

close up

While i decided to cook the fried rice, he decided to be useful and started cutting the pineapple and scooping flesh of it out.

Ingredients

2 tbsp oil
1 whole pineapple/ 1 can canned pineapple, drained
3 cups of rice, jasmine preferably
1 cup frozen mix vegetables/ whatever vegetables you desire
3 cloves garlic
1 small onion
3 red chilli
2 tsp curry powder
1 tbs soy sauce
3 eggs
1/2 cup prawns or chicken fillet
2 tbs fish sauce(for vegetarians u can get vegetarian fish sauce if not just use soy sauce)
1/3 cup cashew nuts (optional)
Cracked pepper(optional)


Method


1. Slice off one side of the pineapple to remove the skin (do no cut off the leaves). Carve out the fruit from inside the pineapple. Set carved pineapple aside.
2. Pound chilli and garlic in a mortar and pestle to make a paste. If you don't own one just use your knife to flatten it.
3. Place oil in wok and turn heat on to medium-high. Add the chilli paste and onion and sautée until fragrant.
4. Add the vegetables, cashew and prawns and fry for about 1-2 minutes.
5. Add the rice in then fish sauce, soy sauce , curry powder and pepper. Add pineapple in after.
6. Make a hole in the middle of the rice and fry the eggs. Taste the rice, if its not salty enough add soy sauce or salt.
7. Serve in the carved out pineapple.

Its a good dish to bring along for a pot luck or to make if you're having a dinner with friends over. They'll be pretty impressed with the presentation!

15 comments:

Valli said...

What a beautiful presentation! When I lived in Calgary there was a restaurant called the "Yum Yum Tree" that would serve their pineapple dishes in its own pineaple half. We always went there!!!

daphne said...

Great presentation! I almost forgot about this. Another item on my dinner menu soon. =)

Jun said...

do u usually put curry powder in ur fried rice?

ioyces said...

looks soooo yummy!!! shucks i m hungry now!!!

Cynthia said...

An excellent presentation! I love fried rice, it is one of my favourite dishes.

culinaryprincess said...

Valli and Daphne- Thanx! I hardly see restaurants serving this dish in a pineapple nowadays.

Jun- hey jun, no i've never used curry powder in my fried rice before. this is the first time.I looked at many recipes online and made up my own.

Ioyces-*hehe* It always happens to me too. Whenever i browse food blog websites i get hungry

Cynthia- Looks like we have alot in common ;)

Sophie said...

this is such a pretty picture. my mouth is watering just looking at it, i love shrimp!

Chrissy said...

wow...
simply, wow...

:D

Toothfairyrecipes said...

WOW that pineapple thai rice looks wonderful. Cant wait to try it, I love Thai food too and ur site looks great. I will be back for more:-)
X M

FaYe said...

pineapple thai rice... one of my favorite dishes. Thanks for sharing the recipe.. gonna give this a try.

Christy said...

I love Thai food too!! And pineapples:D

culinaryprincess said...

sophie- i love shrimp too. u can add any sort of meat in it too. Chicken will go really well with it.

chrissy- Thanx..u're lucky u're in Malaysia and can eat it anytime u want at the thai restaurants.

toothfairy-welcome to my blog!!unfortunately i'll be not updating my blog much till dec. But i'll sure check all u people's blog!

faye-hie faye, do let me know how it goes. If u leave the cooked fried rice in the pineapple it will soak in the natural flavour of the pineapple.

Robin said...

This looks awesome, love how it is served in a pineapple.

Dhivya said...

hi it looks great,very beautiful pictures,nice blog.i am a new blogger plz do see my blog and encourage me

TonyC said...

thnx for the recipe. i see so many fried rice recipes not using fish sauce. woe is them who don't use this ingredient.