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Pineapple Fried Rice

Pineapple - a good source of manganese, rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin B1, exotic in fragrance and tangy in taste - my family's favourite but strangely not mine. Frankly tried as I might to like this lovely fruit, I'm still not a big fan of it ... perhaps it's the strange juicy mix of sweet and sour that just doesn't please my palate.

Pierre has been asking me to cook pineapple rice for him ever since he had this dish when we were in this Thaï restaurant in Los Angeles 2 years ago but somehow it has always slipped off my mind:-p I wonder why ...hehehe. Then at the supermarket recently, he casually remarked that the big wagon of juicy delicious pineapples would certainly make a delicious plate of pineapple rice... huuu, what, where, which pineapples?

Pineapple Fried Rice

(taken from Thai Cooking)

Ingredients
  • 1 medium ripe pineapple
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 1 to 2 tsp red chillies (seeded and chopped)
  • 150 g pork loin or chicken (diced in small bite size)
  • 150 g raw prawns
  • 3 cups cold steamed rice
  • 2 tbsp fresh Thai basil (finely chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 spring onions (finely sliced)
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves (finely chopped)
pineapple rice ingredients
Directions
  1. Cut the pineapple in half length-ways. Run a knife around the edge of the pineapple and then cut and scoop out the flesh. Cut into small pieces, discarding the core and set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a wok at high heat. Stir fry garlic, onion and chillies for 1 minute.
  3. Add in the pork; stir-fry, tossing constantly, for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the prawn, stirring for another 3 minutes. Then remove all the meat from the wok and set aside.
  5. Reheat the wok and stir-fry the pineapple pieces for about 3 minutes or until heated through and lightly golden; remove from the wok.
  6. Pour the remaining oil to the wok. When oil is very hot, add the rice and stir fry for 2 minutes, tossing constantly.
  7. Then add the pork, prawns and pineapple and stir thoroughly. Remove the wok from the heat.
  8. Add the basil and fish sauce, and toss well.
  9. Fill the pineapple shells with the fried rice. Scatter spring onions, coriander and chillies over the top and serve immediately.
pineapple fried rice
The Verdict

If you like pineapples, you'll certainly like this one. And even if you are not a big fan of it like me, it's in fact quite nice. Sweet and salty at the same time, and it goes well with any spicy meat dish.

Notes

The book said that it is important that the cooked rice be refrigerated overnight before making fried rice and I forgot about it. So I cooked my rice early in the morning, letting it cool down before putting it in the refrigerator and cook it later that evening. It still works. The rice is easy to cook and separate well in the hot wok. Never try to cook fried rice using freshly cooked steaming rice: I have tried that before and the result I get is a big ball of fried rice.:-p

Reduce the quantity of chilies if you are not used to spiciness or simply leave it out. It still tastes good.

Pineapples are chill-sensitive so do not store them in the refrigerator.

pineapple fried rice
20 comments.
#1, by Little Corner of Mine (08/13/2007)

Delicious! Love your presentation too!

#2, by tigerfish (08/14/2007)

Wow, wow, wow.
I like pineapple rice (or hawaiian pizza with pineapple toppings) but don't really like pineapple as a fruit. Hmmmm...
I would have "cheated" using canned pineapple cubes, but then I would not have the "shell" to dish my rice into.:-p

#3, by Kelly Mahoney (08/14/2007)

What a nice combination of flavors. The presentation in the pineapple is really cute too.

#4, by Andy (08/14/2007)

I too have tried to make fried rice with fresh hot rice .. boy that was a mistake!:-)

#5, by IronEaters (08/14/2007)

LOVE fresh pineapple!and yea i just read about how good pineapple is from a book the other day =D and like the way u present them =) but izit hard to eat from the pineapple skin?

#6, by ilingc (08/14/2007)

oh i love pineapple fried rice. I usually cheat with canned pineapple. Love how you used the pineapple shell to serve the rice too! Mmm

#7, by isha (08/14/2007)

wow looks so tempting:-)

#8, by Lynn (08/14/2007)

Drat, there you go with the prawns again! You're making me hungry. Terrific presentation

#9, by Cynthia (08/15/2007)

I generally don't like sweet with my savoury food but I do like the welcome taste of pineapple in a fried rice.

As always, your good is appetizing.

#10, by Bon Vivant (08/15/2007)

I like pineapple but not on savory food (and especially not on pizza! ugh!) However, I do like Thai fried rice with a bit of pineapple.

BTW, the best rose lassi that I ever had was at Lassi in NYC. It was absolutely divine!

#11, by aria (08/15/2007)

my hubby loves fresh pineapple cooked in rice too. this looks so delicious, all the ingredients are so flavorful!

#12, by Wandering Chopsticks (08/15/2007)

Hehe. I was gonna make this today but decided to use up my char siu and make other stuff instead. We're thinking alike! :P

#13, by ashley (08/15/2007)

I love fried rice! And I'm always tempted by pineapple fried rice when I go out. I recently tried to make it but I think since I used brown rice, it didn't turn out as well as I'd have liked. Yours looks great, especially presented in the pineapple!

#14, by Truffle (08/15/2007)

I absolutely love the presentation! Your photos are so vibrant and beautiful. I love sweet and salty dishes so sounds like it would be fantastic.

#15, by Kevin (08/16/2007)

This sounds excellent! Pineapple, prawns, cilantro and rice; what a combination!

#16, by Carol (08/16/2007)

You are such a tease, my Dear Ninja! It's like you knew that I was SO longing to eat some Thai food! The Pineapple fried rice looks amazing, I love it when fried rice is done well, you can tell when the grains don't stick together.

#17, by teckiee (08/16/2007)

A lot of restaurants I know recycle the pineapple "bowl".

#18, by tummythoz (08/16/2007)

Just crazy for pineapple anything. Ever tried curry pineapple?

#19, by Amy (08/18/2007)

I've never tried pineapple in fried rice but I must say it looks delicious!

#20, by miche (08/20/2007)

wow! this is mouth watering. i must try this. mind if i link you?;-)