I recently tried this recipe for pineapple fried rice. I have had some awesome pineapple fried rice over the years at various restaurants, so I was eager to try this recipe. I like fried rice in general, so I fully expected to like it.

I ended up making this twice. The first time the store was sold out of ginger powder, and some quick googling suggested that allspice could substitute. Seemed suspicious, but I gave it a try. I was right to be suspicious. The clove overwhelmed the dish. Luckily clove isn’t a horrible match with ham and pineapple, so the dish was edible but not great. The next weekend I found the ginger powder and gave it another try.

Aside from that, I made two other changes to the recipe: no onions (hate ’em) and extra ham. I added the half cup and could see right away that wasn’t enough, so I added another half cup. Once eating it, it still seemed like a bit too little ham, so the second time I made it I added a cup and half. That seemed right to me. Oh, and I also used white rice instead of brown rice simply because that was what I had in my cupboard.

Conclusion: delete it. I’m single, so I end up eating most things I cook for two meals a day for three days. Maybe four. (But the fourth day is usually a struggle between the desire for something else and the desire to not throw money in the trash.) It works well for me… if I like the dish. Both times I ended up tossing most of it after day two. It wasn’t totally gross and inedible, but it just wasn’t right, either. Good texture, but bad flavor. If it were just straight fried rice without the pineapple, and maybe added an egg or two, it would have been fine, but then it wouldn’t have been pineapple fried rice, which was the entire point.

Still, wasn’t a total loss. I learned that I like sesame oil in fried rice and will incorporate it next time I make it.