Pineapple with Mixed Vegetables (Bor Law Chau Jop Choi)

by Kelly on October 27, 2008

One of my favorite dishes to get when out at a Thai restaurant is the Cashew Nut rice plate which usually includes tofu, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, carrots, pineapples, and scallions in a special sauce topped with cashew nuts. I always enjoy the beautiful assortment of vegetables it includes and the sweet and savory combination of the pineapple, tofu and nuts. It was also one of the dishes that started my love affair with tofu. In college I had a bad habit of forgoing the dining hall for this tasty dish at the Thai restaurant next to my dorm.
Now that I live on my own, however, takeout is largely a thing of the past so when I have a craving I try to recreate the dish in my own kitchen. One of the few recipes I’ve found I love as much as my restaurant favorite is Veganomicon’s Pineapple Cashew Quinoa. I could gladly make that recipe over and over again and be perfectly content. However, given my challenge to reach 200 recipes by year end I decided to opt for a recipe I had never tried: Pineapple with Mixed Vegetables from From the Earth: Chinese Vegetarian Cooking. The recipe was intriguing to me because it called for sherry, which I had never used in Chinese cooking.
The recipe was relatively simple and involved cooking a slice of ginger in peanut oil until golden and then adding your vegetables and pineapple before adding in sherry, water, cornstarch, and sesame oil to make a sauce. (The cashews were my addition which I threw into the mix with the pineapple.) I served it over brown rice for a filling meal. My portion was eaten out of a ceramic Take-Out dish by Lorena Barrezueta for the true take out experience. (As an aside, I am addicted to her whimsical, albeit pricey, dishes.)
While this dish was a fun opportunity to try something new it did not live up to the greatness of Veganomicon’s Pineapple Cashew Quinoa. The ginger, sherry, and sesame oil did not provide the same depth of flavor that you get with the Veganomicon recipe. It’s hard to be disappointed though because I like to think it takes both failures and successes to develop one’s cooking skills and palate. Sometimes understanding what disapoints is just as important as discovering what wows. Here’s to hoping my next recipe is in the wow category. Have a good night everyone.

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HangryPants October 27, 2008 at 11:03 pm

I love this dish! I’ve really enjoyed watching you (that sounds creepy) during VeganMoFo.

About my grandpa, it’s not the sweetness, it’s the actual chocolate he can’t eat. That’s why carob is ok.

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Happy Herbivore! October 27, 2008 at 11:45 pm

I really need to incorporate more fruit into my dinners! This sounds like the way to do it. I need to make more stir-frys with pineapple… so dang good.

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Kristen's Raw October 28, 2008 at 2:28 am

Pineapple with mixed veggies: YUM!

Cheers,
Kristen

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susan October 28, 2008 at 2:55 am

oh my, looks absolutely mouthwatering!

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magpie October 28, 2008 at 4:24 am

this looks great – i love pineapple in a stirfry.

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Norris Hall October 28, 2008 at 5:16 am

If you like Thai cooking try this site
http://www.thaifoodtonight.com
It’s got about 30 recipes each one with a cooking video to go along.

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Jeni Treehugger October 28, 2008 at 6:22 am

Well it looks totally tasty anyway!
I like the dish too.
:)

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Kelly October 28, 2008 at 1:50 pm

Hangrypants – Hehe. It’s not creepy. I know what you meant. I think the same thing as you are going through your various challenges. Thanks for answering my comment about carob. I was very curious.

Happy Herbivore – I love fruit in my dinners. It provides a nice counter balance to spice or savoriness.

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Kelly October 28, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Kristen – Thank you for stopping by. I look forward to checking out your blog.

Susan – Thanks. If this looks mouthwatering to you I highly recommend you check out Veganomicon’s recipe. It’s to die for.

Magpie – I know. It’s especially good with the cashew nuts.

Norris – Thanks for the link. I’m always looking for new recipe sites to discover.

Jeni – Thanks. :-)

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Joanna October 28, 2008 at 9:22 pm

i love pineapple in savory dishes. it’s a cool ingredient to use. i wanna try that v-con recipe. sounds really yummy.

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KZ October 29, 2008 at 2:53 am

that looks so fresh and delectable. i’ll miss the vegan mofo frequency of food posts!

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Bethany November 5, 2008 at 10:38 pm

looks really yummy, but I know that it takes a lot to live up to VCON’s Pineapple Cashew Quinoa. I love that dish.

The bowl is too cool. made me do a double take because I thought it was a pie tin, but it couldn’t be.

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