Greek food is great. And Greeks love Greek food. Besides in major cities like Athens and Thessaloniki, it is nearly impossible to find any variety of ethnic food, except for pizza of course. No chinese, no thai, no mexican, no indian. I have been lucky and gotten to travel a lot and I have tasted some really delicious ethnic foods – not all of them are “authentic” but I not only enjoy the variety, I crave for it. I love spicy foods – you know the kind that you can’t stop eating because your mouth only gets hotter?! Thankfully my husband loves spicy food too. Sometimes he will sit and eat chips and salsa while sweating because there are too many jalapenos.
I have recently found a supermarket that supplies basic ingredients for making chinese or thai food at home. With just sesame oil, chili sauce, and soy sauce I was able to make some delicious fried rice! I first tasted pineapple fried rice while at college in Waco, Texas (Baylor University) and my roommate brought some home from a local thai hole-in-the-wall. Thankfully for me, this was not the original recipe which typically includes shrimp or some other seafood. It does however have the perfect combination of sweet and spicy! We have also had it with chicken a few times, which is also really great. But since my options for take out here are extremely limited, I had to learn to make it myself.
Fried rice is not difficult to make at all, and you also have control over how much oil you “fry” it in too. I use a combination of butter and oil, and the flavor combinations are incredible combined with chili sauce and pineapples!
Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe:
This is how I make pineapple fried rice. I can’t say that it is authentic, but I can say that it is delicious and not too difficult to make. Once you prepare all of your ingredients, the cooking time flies by. Before you know it, you are serving up something unique with powerful flavors!
I love adding a little variety and spice to my life and this is a great way to do it. I even brought back some chop sticks from my favorite asian restaurant chain in the States, Pei Wei. They are like the “fast food” version of P.F. Changs and absolutely worth tracking one down nearest you! Some of my recommendations include:
(1) The spicy Pei Wei salad is my top choice – served with general Tso’s chicken on a bed of lettuce with cucumber, tomatoes, rice noodles, and a cilantro lime dressing that is phenomenal!!!
(2) Any of their noodle or rice plates – their brown rice is the best too!
(3) They have the same lettuce wraps as P.F.”s and their edamame is very good!
(4) I got to try their new asian fries when I was home and they too were very tasty!
(5) Lastly, I love ordering a kid’s meal when I want something quick and light, it is super affordable and so delicious too!