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:
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- As the chicken starts to braze, pour in a thin layer of the pineapple juice for it to simmer in with the ginger.
- 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.
- 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
- Don’t overcook it to a soggy, soppy mess. Tomatoes and pineapple should still be firm.
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…