I’m a big fan of pineapples. I recently bought a whole fresh pineapple. It was a relatively small pineapple, but still quite intimidating. I wanted big plans for this pineapple and after some pondering, I came to a conclusion… To attempt to make Thai Pineapple Fried Rice.
- 3 cups cooked rice (I cooked the rice in chicken broth to give it some extra flavor. You can use vegetable broth instead, if preferred.)
- 2 eggs
- 1 whole pineapple (or a can of chopped pineapples)
- 16 ounces package of tofu (I cut the tofu into about 3/4 inch cubes and marinated it in soy sauce.)
- 1/2 cup peas
- 1/2 cup baby corn, chopped
- 3 scallions, chopped
- 1/2 cup cashews
- minced garlic
- 2 tbsp curry powder
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp fish sauce
One very exciting part of this recipe adventure was figuring out how to make a pineapple boat. Most Thai restaurants serve the fried rice inside a very well cut pineapple boat, along some decorative pieces such as a carved carrot and/or a cute paper umbrella.
I came across this Instructional video from About.com that provides a pretty good instructions for constructing this pineapple boat. From watching the video, I successfully separated the pineapple flesh from the pineapple shell. The pineapple boat can be found later in this post.
After making the pineapple boat, it was time to start cooking the rice…
- In a cup, mix the fish sauce, soy sauce, and curry powder.
- Heat some garlic and oil in a wok or large skillet.
- Crack eggs into the wok and cook it like scrambled eggs.
- Add pineapples, tofu, cashews, and the vegetables.
- Stir fry.
- Add the sauce mixture.
- Add the rice.
- Stir fry over medium high heat.
- Remove from heat and adjust to taste by adding salt if necessary.
- Scoop the fried rice into the pineapple boat.
I was pretty impressed by how this dish came out. Unfortunately, my pineapple boat was not very strong and shortly collapsed after it was filled with the rice. The collapse might have possibly been caused by the heat from the rice. Any how, I was still very satisfied. The pineapple boat definitely looked tasty. The rice did not come out as crispy as I anticipated. I think it would have made a big difference if I used an intense hot wok to make the fried rice. I found the fried rice to be quite tasty and I think the pineapple flavors really stuck out. I definitely plan on making this pineapple fried rice again, but next time with a few more extra ingredients. Maybe add some shrimp or raisins or chili peppers.