Saturday, October 23, 2010

0 Recipe #184: Pineapple-Ginger Stir-Fry

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Yeah, I know. This dish probably sounds odd to those of you who aren't accustomed to the flavors of Thai food, which frequently combines sweet & savory flavors together. But hey, if you like Sweet & Sour Chicken or duck sauce on your Chinese food, you might actually like this dish. :) It's fun to be adventurous, so why not give it a try? :)

I've been in the mood to make Asian food lately, so expect a few more dishes from various Asian cuisines -- Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Cambodian, Indonesian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, etc. I'm trying to expand the breadth & depth of this recipe blog, with lots of recipes from all around the globe. Hopefully, you'll find it fun & maybe learn a bit about international cuisines & cultures too.... So, pack your virtual suitcases; we're going to take a trip around the world. :)

Pineapple-Ginger Stir-Fry

1 Tbsp. sesame seed oil
1 Tbsp. ginger, peeled & julienned into 1/8" thick matchsticks (about 1" piece)
1/4 c. shallots, peeled & finely minced (about 1 large shallot)
2 c. fresh pineapple, diced
3/4 c. green bell pepper (about 1/2 large pepper)
3/4 c. red bell pepper (about 1/2 large pepper)
1 Tbsp. fresh, small Thai red chilies, stemmed, seeded, de-ribbed, & julienned (quartered) into 1/8" thick strips (about 5 chilies)
1 Tbsp. fresh garlic, peeled & finely minced (about 1 large clove)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. pineapple juice (fresh, i.e., reserved from a fresh pineapple, or canned)
1/4 c. scallions, sliced crosswise into 1/4" rounds (about 2 large scallions)
1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 c. fresh basil, julienned & loosely packed
1 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, roughly chopped & loosely packed
2 Tbsp. unsalted roasted peanuts, crushed

Directions: In a large wok, saute ginger & shallots in sesame oil for about 1-2 minutes on high heat. Add pineapple, green & red bell pepper, Thai chilis, & garlic, stirring occasionally. Season with salt & pepper from high above, for even distribution. As soon as the fruit & vegetables become tender, stir in the soy sauce & pineapple juice. With about a minute of cooking to go, add the scallions. Remove from heat.  Stir in lime juice & throughly combine. Garnish with basil, cilantro, & basil, mixing everything together thoroughly, & transfer to plates. Sprinkle peanuts on top of each portion & serve.

Yield: 3-4 servings.

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