My favorite restaurant for Pineapple Fried Rice is in downtown Salt Lake City at Sawadee. It comes in a massive portion so me and my husband typically share it. We aren’t in Salt Lake often so I decided to try and recreate this dish at home. It took a special trip to my local Asian grocery store, Ocean Mart in Roy, Utah to gather a few ingredients that I couldn’t find at my regular local grocery store. Those ingredients were fresh lemongrass and Thai chilies. The Thai chilies aren’t 100% necessary but I highly recommend them if you can find them. The lemongrass is hard to come across unless you have access to an Asian grocery store. If you aren’t able to get your hands on fresh lemongrass, look for lemongrass paste in the Asian isle at your local grocery store.
Where are my fellow Thai food lovers at? If someone suggests going out for Thai, I am always down. I have never had a Thai dish I didn’t like. I typically rotate through 3 different Thai dishes each time I dine at a Thai restaurant. Cashew Nut Stir Fry, Green Curry or Pineapple Fried Rice. It all depends on the mood I’m in on that particular day or which Thai restaurant we are dining at.
This dish turned out better than I could have possibly imagined. It tastes just as good, if not better than the dish I always order at Sawadee. I will be making this dish over and over again for years to come.
Tips & Tricks:
- As with all my other recipes that include fish sauce, it is absolutely necessary so please don’t skip it or substitute it. You will not get that distinct Thai flavor.
- Cooking the rice the day before time seems like a hassle but it’s an absolutely necessary step. It prevents the rice from getting clumpy and sticking together which will prevent the sauce from coating every single grain of rice so be sure not to skip this step and set a reminder in your phone to cook the rice the day before you want to eat this rice.