Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Vegetarian Pineapple fried rice - Featured in Group Recipes

One of the prettiest ways to serve fried rice is in a pineapple boat.  The first time I was served fried rice in a pineapple boat was at a Thai Restaurant in Bangkok.  It was my first visit there.  I was so fascinated by the presentation and after that, for the longest time, it was Mum who makes pineapple rice for us and serves them in pineapple boats.  Last evening, I told Mum it is time that I serve her this dish with no meat and just vegetables of which she prefers and I did.  I was so pleased to see Mum enjoyed the rice.  While I watched her eating the meal, I feel so blessed that I can cook for her.  I have never been separated from my Mum ever since the day I was born.  She has always been staying with me because I am her only child.  Throughout my live, when I am up on the pedestal, she is there to share my joy, when I fell to the bottom, she is there to pick me up.  She is my anchor!  I LOVE HER SOOOO MUCH!

The unique flavors of this dish comes from the galangal (blue ginger) and the bunga kanta (phaemaria - pink rojak flower).

By the way, I have put up 2 pictures for this dish, it will be great if you guys can help me select the picture to submit to “Tastespotting”.  Just leave your comment and tell me whether it is picture 1 or 2 you like, okay?  Thanks a million!

Picture 1

Picture 2

This dish was featured on AFC Official Facebook page 
on 3 January 2013

1 medium size pineapple, cut into 2 halves
3 cups of cooked rice
¾ cup diced carrot
1 cup pineapple chunks
1/3 cup roasted cashew nuts
½ cup diced baby corn
½ cup cooked edamame beans, remove skin (optional)
½ cup chopped parsley
¼ cup diced spring onion, green part only
6 pcs thinly sliced red chilly
1 cube vegetable bullion stock, mashed
3 tsp chilly oil
½ tsp ground white pepper
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp soya sauce
1 egg, lightly beaten

1 tsp chopped garlic
½ cup diced white onion
1 green chilly, finely chopped
1 red chilly, finely chopped
2 tsp galangal (blue ginger), finely chopped
2 tbsp bunga kanta (phaemaria - pink rojak flower), finely chopped

First prepare the pineapple boat.  Here is a link to show you how

Blanch diced carrot into boiling water for 1 min and deep into cold bath. Drain water and set aside.  Heat oil in wok, add (A). Fry till fragrance and add egg.  Add cooked rice and stir fry till rice is shiny.  Add baby corn and pineapple chunks, soya sauce, vegetable stock, chilly oil and stir fry for 2 mins. Add edamame beans, and cashew nuts and stir fry for another min.  Finally add chopped parley and mix well. Add salt and white pepper to taste. Garnish with diced spring onion slices of red chilly and serve.


  1. i like pic 2, because it shows the lovely fluffiness of the rice, but pic 1 is more...errr interesting per se.

  2. actually, i changed my mind. i like pic 1.

  3. I like pineapple boats. I make them meatless too.
    I'd go with picture 1

  4. Hi Cheng Yi and Green Girl,

    Thanks! :D

  5. I like your vegetarian version of pineapple fried rice :) The bunga kantan gives it the oomph. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  6. You have said it, cooking, no matter which type, nationality should refect "the joie de vivre" I would like to learn Chinese cooking, so I'll keep an eye on your blog..
    Good luck!

  7. Hi Elin,
    Yes you got it, the bunga kanta and the galangal make this dish special! Oh which picture did you like better?

  8. Hi fromBAtoParis,
    Thanks for your visit and also happy to know that you will be back now and then. I wish you best of luck in the competition. How about telling me which picture you like better.

  9. Beautiful fried rice! Who said fried rice is the food of the last resort? (Oh wait .. I think my brother said that just yesterday)

    On another note, I love your puppy! Is he/she a yorkshire? I have a yorkshire and I love him to pieces!

  10. Hi eatgreek,

    You are most welcome. Thanks for your visit.

  11. Hi Jun,

    Thank you for your comment. My dog is no more a puppy now, she is 2 years old and her name is Ruby. She is a miniature schnauzer. She is very obedient and intelligent and give me lots of pleasure. I love her very much!

  12. This looks wonderful. I will have to give it a try. I was craving fried rice. Love the use of pineapple.

  13. Hi briarrose,
    Welcome to my blog and happy that you will try this recipe. Do let me know the outcome and hope to see you again.

  14. I love this recipe. I woudl go for fried rice anytime and especially pineapple fried rice.

  15. Hi Joy,
    I agree, fried rice is a quick and convenient meal. I missed wising you happy 1st anniversary for your blog so I wish you a belated one and many more wonderful years of blogging.

  16. I like Pic 1 :) ...and love pineapple fried rice.

  17. Awww that's so sweet your mom is with you. Makes me smile. And I love the recipe and the presentation. Thanks for sharing. Would love to visit Thailand one day.

  18. Okay, I went back and forth with this. Both picture are great, but I have decided on Pic 1. I like the veggies in the background. I didn't like the way the boat in the background faded in picture 2.

  19. Just made fried rice too some time ago. Love the use of pineapple, looks very pretty and appetising at the same time :)!

  20. Very nice presentation, looks good must be taste good too right? :-P
    Seeing the photo made me missed one of the Malaysia Thai Restaurant we used to patron.....

  21. Hi Yin,

    No need to miss the dish my dear, now you can make it at home. Which Thai Restaurant in Malaysia you patronize? Is it in KL?

  22. Lisa,
    I am have been to Bangkok many times because of biz trips. If you go one day, should let me know so that we can meet in Bangkok because it only takes me 2 hrs to fly there. I can be your tour guide and we both and go eat, drink, chat about food and recipes! Sounds like fun to me:D

  23. Lisa,
    I am have been to Bangkok many times because of biz trips. If you go one day, should let me know so that we can meet in Bangkok because it only takes me 2 hrs to fly there. I can be your tour guide and we both and go eat, drink, chat about food and recipes and shop till we drop! Sounds like fun to me:D

  24. Hi Favorite Fixin's,
    You are so kind to do this for me. Looks like more votes for picture 1. I will wait for a few more votes and then I will submit picture 1 to TS.

  25. Hi CG,
    Thanks for your visit. You have a lovely blog and great photos. I enjoyed browsing your blog. Will visit you often and see what you have in your treasure box.

  26. Thanks so much for posting the vegetarian version!! So sweet that you mother is with you, I wish mine was too. I prefer photo number 1 but both are very nice. :)

  27. Hi Nancy and Vijay,

    You are so welcome. Thanks for helping me select the pic:D

  28. Picture #1 is my choice, purely from a compositional point of view. It is more suggestive of ingredients, and work to assemble the final beautiful dish.

  29. Like this recipe & love the pineapple boat. I would omit the egg because I am vegan. Like pic #2 because the dish seems to be facing the camera (viewer) more than in #1. It says to me, "Eat me!" Yum. K.

  30. Hi catmomma

    I appreciate your participation in selection the picture and you got the point that the fried rice is more visible in pic 1 than in pic 2.

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  32. Dear Veronica:
    Yes, the Thai Restaurant we use to go @ SS2 PJ. Hahaha... yes will try to find a nice big pineapples then only tryout. But pineapples is not cheap here though :-P

  33. Yin,
    I don't think that restaurant in there anymore. Frankly, I do not know of any really good Thai Restaurant in KL now. Maybe it is because I go to Bangkok so often that my perception of Thai food is not the same anymore. Oh how expensive is pineapple at your end? Here is very cheap. They are nice looking and sweet and there so many fruit store in my neighborhood.

  34. Oh! Disspaointed to hear that, we are planning to go back next year and this will be eating trip for us. We have a long list of food that we missed so much.
    Agreed fully, once you tasted the real Thai food your taste buds won't be the same anymore :-P
    I missed the Tomyam we had back in Chingrai at a small village during one of our trek so yum and authentic!
    You can't believe the price of pineapple here - one small pineapple if no offer can go as high as NZ$4+, nearly RM8+ !

  35. Yin,
    OMG the pineapples are so expensive there.

    When you come back next year, any chance you will be in KL? Let me know so that I can invite you to my home for a home cook meal ok?

  36. To all my dear readers,
    Thank you for helping me choose the right picture to submit for publishing. It is now published and you see it at the following link:

  37. Gorgeous dish. I'm sure it's too late, but I vote for picture 1. I love the idea of the pineapple boat in general though. It gives the dish a freshness and vitality.

  38. Hi The Mom Chef,
    Like all my other friends, you voted picture 1 and it has been published. Nevermind about being late, it is good to see you again and always happy to read your comment.

  39. Fabulous savoury food photos! I find photographing savoury dishes so much harder than desserts

  40. Hi peasepudding,

    Thanks for dropping and your comment. I agree with you on the photography.

  41. wow, look at the ingredients!
    It must be super delicious!!

  42. Is it too late to vote? I'd go with picture 1...

    1. Hi Irene, never to late to vote my dear. I agree with you. I like picturre 1 too. Thanks for dropping by to check this recipe up. Have a nice day.


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