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Pineapple Fried Rice with Smoked Mackerel

Monday, 4 October 2010

Sweet and savoury - my favourite flavour combo.

That's why I love salted butter caramel, salted chocolate, bacon & egg ice-cream, Parma ham with melon, sweet soy chicken, caramelised pork, caramelised black pepper chicken, lychee pork ribs...OK you get the idea. Basically any dish with the word "caramelised" and fruits involved.

Pineapple fried rice is a very popular Thai dish cooked with pineapples, prawns and often served in a hollowed-out pineapple shell. It is visually appealing and extremely tasty especially when eaten with curries. Fresh is always better, but cutting a pineapple can be very daunting, so, if you don't have anyone to impress with the pineapple "boat", just use canned ones to save yourself some trouble. It works. I used smoked mackerel instead of prawns, which gave the dish a wonderful smokey flavour. It went amazingly well with the spicy curry flavour and the tangy sweet pineapples.

Pineapple fried rice with smoked mackerel 1
Ingredients: serves 3-4
  • 2 1/2 rice cups (1 rice cup=180 ml) uncooked rice
  • 1 onion - diced
  • 2 1/2 cups frozen mix vegetables
  • 200g smoked mackerel fillets - shredded
  • 1 can (260 g drained weight) pineapple pieces - drained, use juice to cook the rice
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbs curry powder
  • 1 tbs fish sauce
  • 2 tbs light soy sauce (or more to taste)
  • White pepper powder
  • 1 handful coriander - coarsely chopped for garnishing

Directions:
  • The day before, cook rice (with drained pineapple juice and water) and leave to cool. Chill overnight in the fridge. Or early on the day, cook rice and leave to cool.
  • Heat up a bit of oil in a pan.
  • Add onions, cook until soft and translucent.
  • Add mix vegetables, cook until softened.
  • Mix in shredded mackerel, cook until mackerel is warmed through. Remove all ingredients from pan, leave this aside for later use.
  • In a bowl, lightly beat the eggs with a dash of light soy sauce and white pepper powder.
  • Heat up a bit of oil in a large pan.
  • Add beaten eggs. Scramble.
  • Mix in rice when eggs begin to set.
  • Season with curry powder, fish sauce and soy sauce.
  • Mix in all the other ingredients and pineapple pieces.
  • Season again to taste.
  • Serve with chopped coriander.

Pineapple fried rice with smoked mackerel

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