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A picture I totally ripped off from the web, but still looks pretty close to what I made.  Their recipe for Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken is here.

Ginger Pineapple Chicken, Nomnomnom

In Toronto, my dad and I had the opportunity to eat at a surprisingly tasty, yet overpriced and underpopulated Chinese restaurant.  Since the restaurant nickel and dimed us for everything, it wasn’t that big of a surprise that they had no customers.  But anyway, I ordered this one dish, ginger-pineapple-chicken (GPC), which was unexpectedly amazing, and after some minor perception as to the ingredients, I gave it a go here at home.  Where it, by the way, turned out awesome.  Here’s my tried-only-once-but-totally-successful recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 Tblspns or more, till you smell it, finely chopped ginger
  • A goodly amount of chopped scallions.
  • 1 can sliced pineapples (with juice), chop into big chunks
  • 2 tomatoes, big slices/chunks
  • A hearty portion of sliced chicken. Like $3-4$ persons worth if they aren’t overeating, or under-eating.  Not Beracah-sized portions, since I eat 2-peoples’ worth of food every meal.
  • sesame oil, chili oil, and coconut oil

Process:

  1. In a pan, cover the bottom with the generally healthier coconut oil. Medium heat, let the ginger simmer in it for a while, no burning, let it turn a nice golden brown.
  2. When everything has a nice ginger aroma and people are coming over saying, “wow, that smells nice”, then drop in a few drops of the chili oil and sesame oil (not a lot), and toss in the chicken.  Stir for a little while
  3. As the chicken starts to braze, pour in a thin layer of the pineapple juice for it to simmer in with the ginger.
  4. As the chicken looks about half-cooked <best judgement>, pour in your large amount of pineapple, tomatoes, and scallions all at once.  Put in the amount that you think looks tasty.  Not everyone likes pineapple as much as I do, but hey, pick your poison.
  5. Add a few more drops of chili oil.  Don’t make it OILY!  just for kick.  Maybe some Tobasco, not much.  Stir, simmer, let chicken cook
  6. Don’t overcook it to a soggy, soppy mess. Tomatoes and pineapple should still be firm.
  7. EAT!

For added enjoyment:

Cook some bamboo rice (super expensive from Whole Foods) on the side, pour GPC over it.  EAT!

Next time I’ll remember to take some pictures before I stuff my face…

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