Monday, February 28, 2011

鳳梨炒飯/Tropical Fried Rice with Pineapple and Prawn

Vancouver has been really cold recently.  It was snowing on the weekend.  Although we live by the ocean, it still looks like a winter wonderland outside.  I can’t wait for summer.  Since we aren’t having tropical weather here, I may as well bring the tropics to my dinner table.  This dish uses curry flavours to balance out the sweetness of the pineapples and makes me feel like I was in Singapore again.  It’s also very easy to make and takes about 20 minutes.

(Make 2+ servings)

·      2 bowls of cooked rice
·      3 oz shredded chicken
·      8 prawns
·      4 oz fresh peeled pineapple
·      A quarter red onion
·      Half small red sweet pepper
·      1 tbsp chopped green onion
·      2 eggs
·      A handful raisins
·      1 small Chinese sausage
·      2 oz carrots
·      1 asparagus
·      2 tbsp grape seed oil
·      1 tbsp curry powder
·      A quarter tsp salt

To marinate the shredded chicken:

·      1 tsp cornstarch water
·      Half tsp curry powder


1.    Marinate the chicken 5 minutes before cooking.  Heat up 1 tbsp grape oil in a nonstick medium saucepan or a wok, and then add chicken to cook for 2 – 3 minutes until the chicken is ready. Transfer to a plate.
2.    Cut the prawns down the center of the back and take out the vein.  Blanche prawns in the boiling water for 1 minutes until they turn pink.  Transfer to a plate.
3.    Dice the carrots, red onion, red sweet pepper and sausages.  Slice asparagus into small slices.  Cut the pineapple into small cubes.
4.    Beat the eggs evenly in a bowl. 
5.    In a nonstick medium saucepan or a wok, heat 1 tbsp grape seed oil over medium-high heat.  Add egg and cook for about 1 minute.  Once the egg is ready, add onion, carrots, sausage, red sweet pepper, pineapple and asparagus.  Add curry powder.  Stir for about 1 minute, and then add the rice, prawns, cooked chicken, chopped green onion and raisin.  Keep stirring everything for about 1 minute.  Add salt and then mix everything evenly.  Transfer to a serving plate.  Now enjoy your Tropical Fried Rice with Pineapple and Prawn.

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