Winter shminter. I’m over it. I went to the tropical fruit section at the grocery store trying to disregard the freezing temperatures all together and came across the cutest baby pineapple — I swooped it right up and knew exactly what I was going to make.
Mirza and I really enjoy ordering Thai food for dinner, we order it fairly often actually. Typically, I go for some tom yum soup and drunken noodles — always delicious in my book. BUT, lately I’ve been on this kick of ordering pineapple fried rice.
The first time I ordered it, I didn’t want any sort of protein in it; however, they gave me shrimp anyway—well, I’m glad they did! The combination of pineapple and shrimp in the salty fried rice is amazing. So much so, that I really wanted to make it for dinner on my own recently, and did just that!
I don’t attempt to make Asian food too often at home. The flavors are so complex and layered that it just seems impossible to perfect. The balance of salty, sweet, spicy and sour is always so perfect that I’ve always just been intimdated. That said, I have a surprising amount of Asian-inspired ingredients in my kitchen, so I thought I’d give the pineapple & shrimp fried rice a whirl.
I absolutely love my wok. It’s perfect for making stir-fry (which is what I use it most often for) and does really well with the fried rice dish. The pan itself gets extremely hot (great for that frying business) without burning the ingredients you add to it. With the tall sides that get equally hot, you have a large surface area to cook on and it’s just great to cook with — so if you don’t have a wok yet, I highly recommend it!
Yum. It was absolutely delicious. It wasn’t an exact replica of the flavors from a Thai restaurant, but it was as close as I could hope to get! The pineapple in the fried rice is so interesting…they’re like little pops of flavor as you enjoy the salty, spicy rice. If you’re into tropical flavors, love pineapple, love Asian flavors — you have to give this pineapple & shrimp fried rice a try. It’s not only yummmmm, but also super easy to make.
What’s your favorite thing to order at Thai restaurants?