new pineapple, feture to put on the blog

My first Thai cooking lesson was at the Mandarin Oriental Thai cooking School in Bangkok.  I made my way early in the morning to the Hotel.   I took the Sky train (BTS) to the Taksin bridge and then walked to the pier.  There was a beautiful hotel barge waiting for all the students that were joining me in the class.  We cruised along the majestic Chao Phraya River, I felt so blessed and lucky to have lived this moment.

It was a hands-on cooking class and for the first time I was introduced to the world of Thai ingredients, but I also thought that the dishes were beautifully served, so simple yet so elegant.  Very fitting for a five star hotel.

This fried rice is very Thai but the profile is very Chinese with  flavours of caramelized pineapple, Chinese sausage and soy sauce.  I heard that originally this rice was actually placed into a hollowed out pineapple and then baked in the oven.  The recipe I am using is the School recipe and beautifully served on a slice of caramelized pineapple.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons soybean oil
  • 1 cup pineapple, cut into bite size chunks and caramelized
  • 1/2 cup Chinese sausages, diced and fried
  • 1 cup prawns, shelled deveined and diced
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 3 cups steamed rice, pre-cooked and cold
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 3 tablespoons crisp-fried shallots
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashew nuts

Method

  • Put one spoon of soybean oil into a wok and fry the Chinese sausage until it is cooked (about one minute) and then remove it from the oil and set aside.
  • Heat the wok, put  the rest of the soybean oil and add in the pineapple, Chinese sausage and prawns.  Fry until the prawns are just cooked.

new pineapple rice, mix wok

  • Add the raisins and the pre-cooked rice and stir-fry until the rice is well covered in oil.
  • Then Season with salt, sugar and soy sauce.

New pineapple rice, chopsticks

  • Stir in  the white pepper and remove from the heat.
  • To serve the rice on the pineapple you will need a small bowl, pour a few drops of oil and rub the oil all over the bowl.  Fill the cup with the rice and flatten it with the back of a spoon.
  • Place the bowl upside down over the pineapple and slowly and gently lift the bowl.

new pineapple rice, rice on top pineapple

  • Sprinkle the top of the rice with crisp-fried shallots, cashew nuts and prawns.  Serve immediately.

Method for the Pineapple

Ingredients

  • 1 small ripe pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar

Method

  • Slice the pineapple crosswise.
  • In a small bowl mix together butter and brown sugar.
  • brush with the mixture on both sides of the pineapple .
  • In a large non-stick skillet over high heat place the pineapple slices.  Cook turning them once until golden brown on both sides.

new pineapple, feture 2

  • Place each slice of pineapple on a serving plate and then top it with the fried rice.

Tips

  • Rule number One –  The rice must be cold.  If you start with sticky, and warm rice the fried rice will turn soggy.  You can cook the rice a day ahead.
  • You need to have all your ingredients ready because all the ingredients come together very quickly.
  • I must tell you a secret, I always buy the crisp-fried shallots, I have tried many times to make them but somehow they always get burnt.
  • Roasting pineapple is one of the most delicious ways to eat this fruit.  I like to roast my pineapple bite size chunks, this gives the rice a sweeter taste.  They are just Yummy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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