As you have may read before in Chakula when I went to Thailand I had pad thai every single day (see post). Every once in a while I order some fried rice just to feel I was trying more than one dish of Southeast Asia. It got my attention how a dish that simple could be so tasty.
Fried rice is exactly what its name says: fried rice with vegetables and meat. As simple as that.
When I got back home I made up this recipe that combines the different types of fried rice I’ve tried. You can also change the ingredients for your own version of it. I called it pineapple fried rice because you can pretty much put any vegetables you want but always keep the pineapple to keep the Thai style.
– 300grs of any protein: pork, chicken, beef, fish, shrimps, tofu, mushrooms, egg.
– 2 cups of rice
– 1 cup of carrots cut in small squares.
– 2 cups of chopped green onion
– 2 cups of soybean sprouts
– 1 cup of broccoli without the stalks.
– 1 cup of green cole cut in small pieces.
– 1 cup of pineapple cut in small squares. It can be fresh or out of a can (without the juice).
– Oyster or fish sauce
– Soy sauce
– Sesame seeds
Step by step
For this recipe you need a wok. If you don’t have a wok you can use a large pan, and then go and buy a wok because you’ll need it for a lot of my recipes.
In a normal pot cook the rice as package indications. Reserve.
In the wok put some vegetable or peanut oil. If you have sesame seed oil put half vegetable/peanut oil half sesame seed oil. First put the carrots to cook in the wok and cook for a couple of minutes.
Then add the protein unless they’re shrimps or egg. Cook for a couple of more minutes.
Then add the broccoli and the green cole. Cook for a couple of minutes.
Then add the green onion, the soybean sprouts and the pineapple. Cook for a couple of minutes.
Then add the oyster of fish sauce. A good amount of it, don’t be shy with the sauce.
Add a couple of spoons of soy sauce. It depends how salty you want it to taste.
If you want your fried rice to be spicy, add sriracha sauce. If you want it to be sweet and sour, add sweet and sour sauce. If you don’t know how you want it but there’s some asian sauce in your fridge, ADD IT! But only 2 spoons, no more. Be careful with the sweet sauces because the pineapple is the one in charge of adding the sweetness to the rice.
If you chose shrimp fried rice, now is the moment to add the shrimps, just so they get warm and mixed up with the rest of the ingredients (they are already cooked).
If you chose egg fried rice make in a separate pan an omelet with 2-3 eggs. Cut the omelet in small squares and add it to the wok at the end.
Cook for 2 more minutes and then add the rice. Don’t add it all at the same time. Check the amount of food you already have in the wok. We don’t want white rice that taste like vegetables and we don’t want vegetables with a free sample of rice. It has to be equal proportion. Make sure everything is well mixed.
When serving put some sesame seeds on top. If you want it to look cute you can put some fresh vegetable in the top as decoration, like parsley or tomato.
If you want to make really cheesy you can put it inside an open pineapple like the picture.