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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…

Snow Pea Leaves with Minced Garlic

If you frequent Chinese restaurants, I'm sure you've ordered snow pea leaves with minced garlic (蒜蓉豆苗) a hundred times. If this is the first time you're seeing snow pea leaves, I'm glad to be introducing it to you!

This delicious dish is much simpler to make than it may seem. At a typical Chinese restaurant, the dish is $10-$15.  BUT, you can buy 1/2 pound of it for $5 from T&T Supermarket or Galleria Supermarket in Toronto. I love passing along tips I've learned so here they are:

Tip 1 - Get fresh snow pea shoots that are delicate and young from an Asian supermarket. Discard the thicker stems as they will be too chewy to eat.

Tip 2 - Use a carbon steel pan like the De Buyer fry pan, I've often talked about how amazing this pan is and won't reiterate again (if you're curious, check out the beef with bitter melon recipe).

Cook time: 10 min
Serves 3-4

1/2 lb of snow pea leaves, washed and drained
1 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
2 tsp soy sauce
A pinch of pepper and sugar
1 tsp sesame oil (optional)
1/2 tbsp avocado oil

Heat your pan over medium heat and add the avocado oil. Add the minced garlic and stir to avoid burning. After 3-4 min, add the snow pea leaves, soy sauce, pepper, sugar and sesame oil and stir. Cook over medium-high heat for 7-8 minutes.


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