Waiter, There’s A Beauty Queen Mussel In My Pineapple

Waiter, There’s A Beauty Queen Mussel In My Pineapple.

Was quite pleased with my own order of Pineapple Fried Rice. The dish is normally fried rice served in a hollowed out pineapple half. This is the Piña Colada of the local food world. Normally some pineapple pieces are fried together for aroma and authenticity.

Didn’t expect it to be Seafood Pineapple Fried Rice that included a mussel perched on a pedestal, like some freshly crowned and seated beauty pageant winner, some prawns and slices of white fish. I scrapped out some pineapple flesh and it tasted juicy and good too.

Sorry, I didn’t include the prices earlier. PuiSee Chu generously paid, snatched and hid the bill from me. Got a scolding from her when I requested to see the prices on Messenger just now. There is a terrorist streak in every woman, no matter how angelic.

She relented and I found out this wonderful dish is RM 15 94 before tax. Will update the prices of the other two dishes from U-Village Restaurant later. The popular restaurant was already full before lunch time proper.

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Nasi Goreng U.S.A.

I always thought the fried rice has some kind of American influence. Indeed it has a fascinating history and is crossover food.

The common explanation and assumption is that the U.S.A. abbreviation stands for Udang (Shrimps), Sotong (Squid) and Ayam (Chicken). There’s also an omelette on top or wrapped around the fried rice.

Its real origin or influence ought to be the American Fried Rice (ข้าวผัดอเมริกัน) dish, invented by the Thais during the Vietnam War.

It has American side ingredients like fried chicken, omelette, hot dogs and ketchup. The Americanization of the spicy Thai fried rice was to cater to American soldiers stationed in Thailand during the war.

Today, it can be found in the menu of Thai restaurants in the States and is listed as “Khao Pad American”.

Not surprisingly, many Tom Yam and Nasi Pattaya stalls serve this dish here. Locally, this is a dish where no two restaurants serve it the same way.

This one is from Restoran Studio 5 in Ampang Jaya. Even the 3 chefs in the 3 shifts here, cook it differently. Show this pic if you want the same version.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 1600, f13, 1/80 sec.