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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 (read A LOT OF!) patience and work.

Serves 4 people

4 cups 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…

Chicken with Chestnut Stew

4 chicken thighs, deboned and cubed
1 chicken breast, cubed
1 cup fresh chestnuts, shell removed
2 tbsp ginger, sliced
2 stalks green onion, diced
4 shiitake mushrooms, soaked to rehydrate and sliced
1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tbsp oyster sauce

With a meat mallet, pound the chicken breast for a few minutes on each side to tenderize and then cut into cubes. Place them in a bowl with the cubed chicken thighs. Mix the mushrooms, green onions, ginger, soy sauce and oyster sauce in with the chicken and marinate in the fridge for 40 min.

In a medium-size Dutch oven or heavy pot, place 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Place the fresh chestnuts (shell removed) in and cook over medium heat for 15 min. 

Add the chicken to the pot, stirring everything together and cook at a simmering level and covered for another 20 min. 

Check to see that the chestnuts are soft, if they are still firm, cook for another 5-10 min until they soften.

Serve over rice and a side of Chinese greens like Chinese broccoli.


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