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Pineapple Fried Rice with Pork

I've always wanted to make pineapple fried rice and serve it in a pineapple boat! Now that I'm spending more time in Maui, where pineapples are inexpensive, abundant and sweet(!), I've finally done it.

We used to make Saturday morning trips as a family from Toronto to the St Jacob's farmers market near Kitchener/Waterloo and my dad would buy a pineapple to make pineapple fried rice for dinner that evening. As a kid, the presentation of it was so fun and cool to see! Now I realize the process of removing the pineapple while keeping it mostly intact, takes some patience and work.

Serves 4 people

4 cups of day old sushi rice or jasmine rice (Chinese white rice), leave it out for 2 hours to bring to room temperature
1 Chinese sausage or BBQ pork, diced
1/2 red onions, diced
3 green onions, diced
3 eggs
1 ripe pineapple, core removed and cut into chunks
1-2 tbsp fresh pineapple juice
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1/8 tsp sugar
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp fresh ground pepper

Braised Beef Short Rib Stew "Kalbi Jim"

Many people are familiar with or have had "kalbi" or Korean BBQ short ribs at a Korean BBQ restaurant. For me, I didn't discover "kalbi jim" (pronounce kalbi jeem) or Korean braised beef short rib stew until my mother-in-law made it for dinner several years ago - and boy was it delicious! It's beef ribs braised for 3 hours to create a tender, moist, fall-of-the-bone meat that is rich in flavours. The carrots, daikon radish and potatoes are infused with the salty sweetness of the stew and combines to make an all-in-one comfort meal.

Serves 3-4

Prep time 1 hour
Cook time 3 1/2 hours

3 lbs beef short ribs, flanken style cut (ask your butcher to cut them in 2 inch thick pieces)
4-5 dry or fresh shitake mushroom, sliced. If using dry mushroom, pre-soak them for 1 hr to soften

Ingredients for marinating in the stew:
1 1/2 cups soy sauce
1/4 cup mirin
1/2 cup sake
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tbsp fresh ground pepper
1 1/4 tbsp garlic
3 cups water
2 onions, 1 diced, 1 placed into the blender
1 tbsp ginger
1 apple, skin and core removed

Ingredients for use after stewing the meat for 2 hrs:
4 large carrots,  cut in 1-inch pieces
1 large daikon radish, 2/3 diced, 1/3 placed into the blender
3 large potatoes, cut in cubes
2 green onions, diced
1/2 tbsp ginger sliced
1 tsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp pine nuts (optional)

Flanken-style beef short rib, cut 2 inches wide
When you go to the butcher's for the beef short ribs, ask them for the flanken style cut and ask for them to be cut 2 inches wide. Flanken is typically 1 inch wide. If you are shopping at an Asian market, these should be readily available. Cut them into individual pieces.

Trim excess fat and wash the ribs twice to remove the bits of bone and fatty pieces and then soak the ribs for 1 hour in cold water.  Drain and wash one more time.

In a blender, puree the garlic, 1 onion, pepper, sugar, mirin, sake, soy sauce, 1 tbsp ginger, apple and 1/3 of the daikon radish. Place the mixture in 3 cups of water in a large pot. Bring to boil and add the ribs. Mix together and add the mushrooms, 1 onion and sliced ginger. Once it comes to a boil, turn the heat down to low and simmer. After 2 hrs 15 min, add the carrots, radish and potatoes and cook for another 1 hr.

Skim the fat from the top of the pot. Stir in pine nuts and green onions. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve over steam white or brown rice.

You can store in airtight containers like these OXO snap containers in the freezer to enjoy later.


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