Sometimes, changing your daily meals is the best way to boost your appetite after days being stuck with the same dishes, prepared in the same ways. That’s why you’re looking for some dishes that are close to your usual ones but easy to turned into different styles. My always-works dish is Fried Rice. In Asian, we love eating rice and everything relates to it, and fried rice’s truly a great choice. Just by changing the ingredients, we can create hundreds kinds. For Western style, use bacon, cheese and olive oil, basil or rosemary may be a nice touch. For Korean style, Kimchi Fried Rice will blow you away, it’s also one of the popular dishes in this beautiful country. For Thai style, turmeric powder, raisins and roasted cashew nuts are the best. And there are more: Vietnamese, Indian, Japanese…, they all depend on your creativity!
My Prawn and Pineapple Fried Rice today is inspired by both Vietnamese and Thai cuisine. Using prawns and fresh pineapple, this dish may remind you of Khao Pad Sapparod (Thai Pineapple Fried Rice). Besides, it was prepared in the basic Vietnamese way, seasoned with traditional fish sauce. Hope all of you will enjoy the dish and welcome back your appetite 🙂
Now get ready to prepare our lovely dish. The only tip that I wanna tell you is make sure all the ingredients are perfectly seasoned before frying with the rice, believe me, you don’t want to eat the prawns, carrots or peas that taste like boiling ^^
Ingredients (serves: 5)
1. White rice, cooked to serve (about 1 1/4 cup uncooked rice). Tip: the rice should be cooked a little bit drier and cooled down to room temperature for the best result.
2. 500 grams prawns, peeled and cut into small pieces
3. 150 grams snow peas, ends trimmed and cut into small pieces (can be replaced by 150 grams washed green peas)
4. 1 carrot, diced
5. 2 eggs
6. 1/2 fresh pineapple, skin and core removed, cut into cubes
7. 1 red shallot, finely chopped
8. 3 tbs vegetable oil
9. Salt, fish sauce, pepper
1. In a mixing bowl, season the prawns with a pinch of salt, 1/2 tsp pepper and 1/2 tbs fish sauce. Set aside.
2. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, mix the cooked rice with the eggs. Constantly stir until the rice is well separated and coated by the eggs.
3. Heat a large pan over medium high heat, put in the vegetable oil, following by the chopped red shallot. Gently stir until the red shallot turns lightly browned. Put in the snow peas and carrots, season with salt and keep stirring until they’re cooked through.
4. Add the prawns, stir for about 2 minutes, following by the mixed rice. Using a wooden spoon, season with fish sauce to the rice, continue to stir until the fried rice becomes dry on the outside and soft, well-seasoned inside.
5. Add the pineapple, mix until combined and turn off the heat. Serve.
Love, Trang Quynh