Recipe: Pineapple Fried Rice

Recipe: Pineapple Fried Rice

My apologies if you came here looking for the post for the recent Lavender International Incident Party. I’m really late and really sick currently, and my creations came out quite… well let’s just say they aren’t quite what I wanted. I do plan to try again, so hopefully I will get the post up within the week. But it will be late, for that I truly am sorry.

To somewhat make up for it, I bring to you today a hilarious post of a tiny kitchen mishap. It didn’t affect the taste, but definitely did affect the look of the dish. What did I do? Well…..

See that radioactive orange rice? I meant to add a tinge of saffron to my rice to give it a nice yellow tinge for the pineapple rice. I might have added too much. Like way too much. When I went to check on the rice, I collapsed on the floor, weak from laughter. I couldn’t stop laughing. It’s all still very edible and very tasty of course, but it did add a lot of colour to dinner. Lots of radioactive orange!

I remember my first encounter with Pineapple Fried Rice. I was in primary school, and my parents had brought us to a steamboat restaurant that also did Thai on the side. It was my first taste of Pineapple Fried Rice but it was love at first taste. The fact that it came in a pineapple made it even more magical. I developed a huge crush and an insatiable appetite for this dish. Unfortunately it was the only place that did Thai Pineapple Fried Rice at the time and when the restaurant finally closed down, I was heart broken.

Years went by and I grew up and forgot all about my first crush. Then I got a pineapple in my vegie box delivery from Aussie Farmer’s Direct. I stared at it, and felt something stir within me. Feelings that were previously buried and forgotten came rushing back up to the surface. I had to, I had to see and taste my first crush again.

So I did. Thank you to Ellie’s recipe who reunited us. I have since met up with my first crush many times over, and I plan to keep to the relationship this time. Pinky promise. (I did have to skip the prawns unfortunately. The housemate really doesn’t like them)

Pineapple Fried Rice


2 cups rice, cooked in rice cooker or pan
250 g chicken thigh fillet, diced
1 cup fresh chopped pineapple (from 1 small fresh pineapple, reserve the shell)
1/2 cup frozen green peas, thawed
1 brown onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp curry powder
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp oil
Salt and pepper to taste


1. Heat oil in a wok or a large frying pan until very hot.
2. Add onions and stir fry until lightly brown.
3. Add chicken, continue to stir fry until it changes colour. Add curry powder, fish sauce and soy sauce and mix well.
4. Add rice, green peas and pineapple. Continue to stir fry until well combined. Adjust seasoning.
5. Serve fried rice in pineapple shell and garnish.

It’s quick and easy to do up, we did spend a bit of time over the carving of the pineapple but no matter. It was very worth it in the end! Don’t you think?

Okay, maybe orange rice doesn’t look quite so enticing. My next few versions weren’t orange, I promise you that. I should also point out that I added raisins to the fried rice. It adds nice little sweet spots that compliments the sweetness from the pineapple well. Very yummy!

I also want to take this opportunity to thank the folks from yesterday’s cookbook gathering. Thank you April, Kat, Emma, Michele and Thanh for your understanding. I was unable to attend like originally planned due to this very pesky flu and cough, but they very kindly allowed Michele to bring over takeaway of the awesome feast for me. Good food cures illnesses like no medicine can, and I didn’t even cough once through my feast! So thank you, very very much. I feel guilty as I didn’t contribute, but I’ll make sure to contribute heaps next time!

If you’d like to read what the first cookbook addict gathering got up to : do check out Michele’s write up!