Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Thai Pineapple Fried Rice And Vietnamese Tomato Soup


I look back to the many years behind me and realize that indeed life has changed. Those years were about partying, paying a fortune for booze and coming home swinging. I admit it was all in the name of fun and cheers which brings good or bad memories.  Of course every once in a while, I go back to my roots – no longer in clubs but in quiet pubs. Even so I can off hand count the number of times I do that in a year or to be specific, once in a blue moon.  It does not mean I don’t socialize neither keep in touch with my friends any more. I do but in different manner because friendship too is a whole new dimension in my life. No doubt I have thousand over friends on Facebook. In real life, the circle is within seven to ten close knitted ones.    

I suppose my friends feel the same way about life and friendship. We stay away from loud music and mingling among the people who are out there.  We prefer home get-together depending on who is willing to be the host.  I am ever willing and they absolutely agree because food is taken care off. I like to cook whereas they find excuses not to. As for drinks, anyone can chip in. However I still contribute, in case there’s not enough till the wee hours we catch up with each other.  Since I can afford a classy drink, I go for Dom Perignon champagne – ahhh!! simply splendid for the Asian Fusion food I cook.  

Another home party was on the card again. As always, menu is planned a few days earlier so that I don’t rush to buy the ingredients for the food.  When I say food, it’s not a lavish spread. Rice is the number one preference and that will always be the main. Perhaps a finger food or soup to start off while sipping the champagne. Subsequently for this particular gathering, I made Thai pineapple fried rice and Vietnamese vegetarian tomato soup.   Fried rice famed for its quintessential Thai flavors is made with squids, pineapple and red chillies, seasoned with fish sauce and scented with kaffir lime leaves.   Similarly the meatless soup speaks about the bold Vietnamese flavors - made with tomato and spices and scented with the ever popular coriander leaves.

These two recipes are a mere guide to the version(s) you may replicate. Adapt or tweet in case you can’t find the ingredients I have listed. But one thing is certain – no regrets about pairing them with Dom Perignon. 

Thai Pineapple Fried Rice
3 cups cooked white rice
1 cup chopped pineapples (canned or fresh)
3 to 4 pieces medium size squids – clean and cut into rings
2 red chillies – thinly sliced (remove seeds to reduce spiciness)
4 to 4 kaffir lime leaves – thinly sliced/shredded
2 sprigs spring onion – thinly sliced/shredded
5 garlic – chopped
1 tbsp fish sauce
4 tbsp oil
Salt and crushed black pepper for taste ((use sparingly because fish sauce is salty too)

Method
Heat oil and fry garlic and squid for a couple of minutes.
Add rice and fish sauce.
Season with salt and pepper.
Stir all in over high heat.
Add the rest of the ingredients.
Give a couple of stirs and dish out.
Vietnamese Tomato Soup
Ingredients
2 large ripe tomatoes - sliced
1 large red onion – sliced
1 tsp black pepper seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
3 sprigs coriander leaves (separate stems and leaves)
½ tbsp fish sauce (or soy sauce)
4 tbsp oil
Salt for taste (taste soup mixture first before adding)

Method
Heat oil and sauté onion and spices.
Add tomatoes and coriander stems.
Stir and cook till mushy.
Pour 1 liter of water and simmer till heated through.
Cool it down slightly and blend/process for a thick mixture.
Pour back in the pot, add fish sauce and salt.
Simmer again.
(Add more water for a diluted version)
To serve, garnish with coriander leaves. 
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36 comments:

  1. They look so yumm.. I have had pulao with pineapple but then, would love to try fried too with them ;)

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  2. both the recipes are interesting, especially the tomato soup... saving it up for one of my soup tuesdays... :)

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  3. I'm still that stage of life where I like to party/drink quite often haha.....but even at this age, my friendships have changed heaps in the past few years, especially with my friends I've known for a long time- from only meeting at specific get togethers at people's houses when young, to being able to meet up independently once we got our licenses to being able to go out and party together. Perhaps one day we'll be going to each other's houses for a feast and champagne like you :)

    Would love to be invited to your place- bet there'd be great food!! Love how your tomato soup isn't super red! I've never had Vietnamese tomato soup.....it sounds delicious!

    Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog :) Would totally have contacted you, but it was a write up for a holiday at the beginning of last year before I started reading your blog!!

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  4. yummy fried rice and soup! Did not know tomato soup requires so many other ingredients!

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  5. Wow Nava.dear I'm drooling here.. The fried rice and the soup looks mouthwatering indeed.. Loved the platter..

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  6. Pineapple fried rice something different , but looks so enticing & good.

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  7. These are a must tries!!! Both look so delicious! Please Nava don't forget to invite

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  8. rice looks yuumy, i am not a huge fan of tomato soups as its a bit sweet formy pallet but this one looks a bit different
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  9. love this vegetable combo, have to make this soon.

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  10. Never made fried rice with pineapple! Sounds like a great idea! And the soup looks so good!

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  11. Beautiful presentation and awesome clicks!!

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  12. Loved both the fried rice and tomato soup.I am thinking of doing these without the fish sauce, only with soy sauce.

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  13. In my case there were very few close friends with whom I can share all secrets...

    This thai pineapple rice is so colorful

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  14. I love the combination! Both look so yum! And you're so right about the partying phase. For me, those days are over but when it was there I/we really enjoyed it. Changes come and it isn't hard to accept them.:) But I do enjoy a dinner with people I'm close to but that happens only occasionally.

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  15. Fried rice with pineapple sounds very interesting!!! Yummy combo with soup!!!

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  16. this is simply yumm!!! surely gonna try out pineapple fried rice someday :)

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  17. The recipes look yummilicious! I will be trying the pineapple fried rice soon :)

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  18. Always love the flavours of pineapple...Your fried rice & soup look yummm...

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  19. I'm a big fan of pineapple fried rice........ When I see urs.... I feel to grab it and the soup is very inviting.... :)

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  20. I agree with u as we age our friends circle gets smaller also we prefer quieter places with no drama or nonsense.. ur food is so yummy as always... i will try the tomato soup as it is so simple to make :)

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  21. Love the colourful rice, Nava! Would love to dig into that bowl of tomato soup too!

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  22. I love Thai food so much, and that essential pineapple touch... :)

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  23. wow, that look so colorful and good! Love the combo of sweet pineapple with a spicy dish....first time here, loved your space!
    -manju

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  24. It looks colorful and healthy as well<3 yumm..

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  25. Wonderful, rice looks too good, such a lovely presentation ...

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  26. both look delicious and inviting.It is a great combination.

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  27. The fried rice sounds delicious and the accompaniment of tomato soup, perfect.

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  28. pineapple fried rice something really different and you had me at mention of pineapple itself :) I love pineapple...

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  29. This fried rice looks so yum! luv the combo with soup!

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  30. Both the soup and the Thai fried rice are so yum... Lovely

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  31. Vietnamese soup sounds out of this world very delicious.

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  32. Both recipes are looks delicious! awesome post Nava :-)

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