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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Pineapple Fried Rice

I think this recipe has been sitting in my queue long enough. During a photo clearing frenzy, I must have accidentally deleted the step-by-step photos, so I'm using the photos from my Fried Rice Yang Chow-Style recipe. Just pretend the gai lan (Chinese broccoli) in the photos are green onions or cilantro, OK? Well, unless you want to substitute the green onions in my recipe with gai lan.

I'm listing this recipe under Thai because I was inspired by the pineapple fried rice I had at Top Thai Restaurant in San Dimas. Except their version had curry powder and cashews. I added Spam to balance out the sweetness of the pineapples. Hmm. Spam and pineapple, should this fried rice be filed under Hawaiian instead?

Pineapple Fried Rice 1

Pineapple Fried Rice

You'll need:
2 cups day-old rice, or cook a batch of fresh rice and decrease the water by about half a cup
About 1/4 to 1/2 fresh pineapple, or canned, cut into chunks
About 1 cup Spam or char siu (Chinese barbecued pork), diced
About a dozen shrimp or more, peeled and deveined
About 1 bunch green onions and/or cilantro, chopped
3 eggs, scrambled or use my scrambled egg omelet technique
Soy sauce or oyster sauce to taste

Optional: Add cashews or curry powder.

Turn the heat on to high because everything will cook very quickly in the wok. Drizzle a bit of oil, scramble three eggs and set aside. Then add a little more oil again and saute the Spam or char siu and shrimp until the shrimp turns pink.

Yang Chow Fried Rice 4

Add the rice and green onions or cilantro and mix thoroughly until slightly softened. At this point, you can add soy or oyster sauces if you wish. I think the Spam or char siu already has plenty of flavor so I generally don't add too much oyster sauce. Add the pineapple chunks at this point too.

Yang Chow Fried Rice 5

Then add the eggs back in and mix again.

Yang Chow Fried Rice 6

And you've now got a very pretty batch of pineapple fried rice. Red from the meat, pink from the shrimp, yellow from the pineapple, and green from the cilantro and green onions.

Pineapple Fried Rice 2


My other fried rice recipes:
Com Chien Toi Trung (Vietnamese Garlic Fried Rice with Eggs)
Fried Rice with Apples and Cubed Beef
Fried Rice with Bacon, Corn, Eggs, and Green Onions
Fried Rice with Chinese Sausage, Eggs, and Lettuce
Fried Rice with Chinese Sausage, Mixed Frozen Vegetables, and Eggs
Fried Rice with Hot Dogs, Eggs, and Ketchup
Fried Rice with Kimchee and Spam
Fried Rice with Pork, Corn, and a Ladle of Ramen Broth
Fried Rice Yang Chow-Style

1 year ago today, Light Town House Korean BBQ - Garden Grove (Korean Business District).


  1. Beautiful! I like your pineapple bowl. It is just perfect for fried rice with pineapple. In the restaurants here, they often serve this rice in hollowed out (real) pineapples.

  2. It looks like you used Jasmine rice in the fried rice. Its my favorite for frying. Love the firm texture.

  3. Oh boy! I could dive right into this dish! It looks so delicious! My fave Thai restaurant has Pineapple Fried Rice on the menu and I just love it. The Spam is a great addition too. I'm pushing this to the top of my "to do" list.

    BTW, whenever I make fried rice, I just pick up a carton of plain white rice from my local take out place. It works great and saves a lot of time!

  4. never thought of frying rice with pineapple ever. I like your presentation, where did you get such a cute dish?

  5. This looks great! Spam is one of my guilty pleasures and I love it fried with rice and egg.

  6. oh dear... your beautiful fried rice is making me so hungry... thanks for sharing your recipe... :)

  7. the pineapple bowl is so cute! i loved fried rice and love to try different combinations of ingredients - this one sounds like a winner! :)

  8. That pineapple bowl is perfect for this photo. And I love the colours of pineapple rice too. It's a good looking and delicious dish for sure.

  9. Ning,
    I can't figure out how to cut a real pineapple bowl. I usually use this bowl for salsas and other dips during parties.


    I use jasmine rice for almost every rice dish.

    Great tip. But cooking rice doesn't take long. If you decrease the amount of water, you can have fresh rice in the amount of time it takes to finish prepping the other stuff. I hope you try the recipe!

    Target. I get everything from Target. :) It was $3.99.

    Me too!

    I think Spam is everyone's guilty pleasure, whether they choose to admit to it or not!

    Thanks! I'm glad you like it.

    Fried rice is usually everyone's go-to to use up whatever's leftover. But I actually like planning out my fried rice! :P

    I bought the bowl way before I even heard of pineapple fried rice. Funny how it worked out!

  10. wow, that looks sooooo goooood! i will have to make this asap!

  11. Looks like everyone agrees, pretty bowl! Make the rice even more appealing. Love pineapple fried rice.
    But at our last catering gig, we made this and it was a flop! All the juices of the pineapple soaked up in the cold rice...yuck! and it really sucked. It only works at smaller dinners.

  12. Joy,
    Thanks! I hope you try it.

    Ooh, I hadn't thought of that. But yeah, I imagine the wetness of the pineapples would eventually make the rice soggy if left too long.

  13. I want your bowl!!!!!!! hehehe

    I love pineapple rice ... I really should learn to make this ;)

  14. Wiffy,
    Everyone likes the bowl. I'll have to make something else and show you guys the inside. It's really cute.


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