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Pineapple fried rice

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Pineapple fried rice

I was doing my pasta post (please see previous post) when I saw the pictures intended for my pineapple fried rice blog which I totally forgot to share last week.

Last week was mostly work and being stuck at home because of the weather. And instead of opting to explore new places within the village, my friends and I opted to visit our village (newly opened) Shakey’s and Starbucks (both located along Matalino Street of our village.

Then last Sunday, we were stuck at home again and yes, again, I had nothing much in my pantry. So it meant another leftover recipe!

What did the little girl want? Pineapple fried rice.

I copied this version of fried rice from the street food in Taipei. It was a favorite of mine while I was studying at National Taiwan Normal University (Shi-Da). There was this one lady who would prepare this either with ground pork or ground chicken – depending on what you want. And the secret ingredient : pineapple tidbits.

When I was tired and hungry (and yes, short on cash), I would go to her stall and order my “piantang” (lunch box) of chicken pineapple fried rice. It always came in a cardboard “piantang”, a pair of chopsticks and a bottle of yakult.

Here is my version using leftovers :

  • Leftover rice
  • Leftover luncheon meat (Maling works best for me). Cubed.
  • Pineapple tidbits.
  • Butter
  • 1 medium sized egg, scrambled.
  • Garlic
  • Very minimal oil.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Around 2 TBSP soy sauce for taste and color.
How I do it :
  • Scramble the egg in advance and remove from heat.
  • Add a little oil into the pan. Add in butter. (don’t use too much oil as the Maling or luncheon meat gives out oil as it fries – adds yumminess to the fried rice too).Β I’m lazy and I don’t have a helper so I have to do everything. In order to minimize wash ups, I just move the items to the side of the wok as I cook the other ingredients.
(scrambled egg on the left side, maling on the ride side)
  • Fry the maling and remove (as per photo, I just moved it to the side of the wok. Same with the egg.)
  • Saute the garlic.
  • Add in the leftover rice.
  • Saute everything together – egg, garlic, maling. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add in the pineapple tidbits and mix more.
  • Add in the soy sauce for color.
Tadah! Pineapple fried rice is served!

Mashed Potato Nuggets – as Micah calls them

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I rarely cook. It doesn’t mean that I can’t cook – I just rarely cook. Why? Because its just the two of us — my little angel of a daughter and myself. Its not worth the effort, time and money to go through the preparation, cooking and cleaning up with only two mouths to feed. So most of the time, we get something from the “suki” neighborhood “carinderia” and we’d be fine and happy. No mess and no stress.

Everyone in the family cooks. My mom is a mean cook — cooks restaurant class fantastic Chinese dishes (and other dishes with questionable origins) without following a recipe. Her steamed fish, haaay (funny, found out lately that my mother doesn’t even like fish).

My dad’s humba and chicken feet — to die for. Literally too. You eat too much, you die (if you have high blood pressure). Its a recipe for heart attack but the oil … man, you’d wipe your plate clean with just rice and the oil from his recipe. Tried to replicate it but never been successful. But this will go to another post.

My younger sister tries to cook. πŸ™‚ Didn’t say she can’t. I’m saying she is trying. And yes, we do eat what she cooks.

My younger brother is a turbo broiler expert. His ribs with nestea and mustard rub sounded weird until I tried it myself. Β He too can cook.

The youngest? Well, he cooks enough to take care of himself. πŸ™‚ I remembered a long time ago, when honeycured bacon wasn’t available in the supermarkets, he would fry his bacon in a caramel bath and finish one pack of bacon in one sitting.

See, everyone can cook – as per the movie Ratatouille. (did I get the spelling right?)

But this is not about my family. I just started blabbering there. This is about my leftover recipes and what I do with food I find in the ref for the day that I hated to throw out.

Today, a Saturday, the carinderia was closed and I had nothing in my ref. So creativity had to kick in and look what I found.

  1. Leftover mashed potatoes from Kentucky Fried Chicken
  2. A small block of mozzarella cheese (honest, I had this)
  3. Some flour
  4. Japanese breadcrumbs
  5. An egg
  6. Salt and Pepper
  7. Canola oil
So what to do with these? My version of a mozzarella stick but Micah called them Mashed Potato Nuggets.
  • Cut mozzarella into small cubes. Cover all around with the mashed potatoes. They would look like these.
  • Coat the potato squares in flour all around. They do end up looking like mochis.
  • Dip everything in the beaten egg (seasoned with salt and pepper by the way).
  • Now, let them take a final coating in the Japanese bread crumbs.
  • Time to fry them. Drain and serve.
Final verdict? Mama, you are the bestest cook ever! πŸ™‚