Friday, May 18, 2012

Pineapple Fried Rice

In college, my friends and I would frequent a restaurant called "Asian Noodle House" which had some great Thai dishes. One of my favorite dishes was pineapple fried rice, which is really easy to make at home.

Ingredients [serves 2]:
1 cup cooked rice (jasmine rice or any long grain rice, this is also a great way to use up leftover Chinese food rice)
1 tablespoon grated ginger
3 or 4 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 onion, cut into strips
1/2 cup bell peppers, cut into strips (I used baby bell peppers because they're sweeter)
2 scallions, chopped
1/4 cup peas
1/4 cup bamboo shoots
1/4 cup water chestnuts
1/2 cup fresh pineapple, cut into chunks
1/4 cup cashews (lightly salted)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon oil
1 chicken thigh - or you could use any protein you like, e.g. tofu, beef, pork, etc.
Optional ingredient: raisins - it might seem weird but I like the sweetness that the raisins add.

When you're stir-frying, it's good to have all of the ingredients laid out and ready to use because the cooking goes by quickly.
If you have a wok, by all means use one. But a frying pan works just as well.

And serve.

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