Skewered Thai Pineapple Fried Rice
Some of my favorite local chefs consider Skewered Thai to be their go-to dining destination for excellent Thai cuisine. I can see why. The Thai ladies cooking in the kitchen turn out superbly authentic dishes at owner Lek Changkiendee’s sparkling eatery. The curries are very well balanced—not too sweet and not too spicy. Noodle dishes—from pad Thai and glass noodles to the wide, pan-fried rice noodles in their pad kee mao (drunken noodles)—are simply sensational.
The single most popular menu item at Skewered Thai, says Changkiendee, is the pineapple fried rice. Steamed jasmine rice is stir-fried in a large, hot wok with eggs and sliced onion. Shrimp, fresh ginger, scallions, garlic and tomato pieces are added, along with oyster and fish sauce. But what really sets this dish apart from standard Chinese-style fried rice is the fragrant and delectable blend of spices and fruits that are incorporated: turmeric, yellow curry powder and salt, along with raisins, cashew nuts and fresh chunks of pineapple, all garnished with cucumber slices and topped with crushed peanuts. It’s as delicious to look at as it is to eat.
575 S. 700 East, SLC