While the Italians do not like pineapples on their pizzas, people in Malaysia have plenty of ways to cook it.
For those who are in love with this tropical fruit, here are eight Malaysian recipes with pineapple:
1.Sweet and sour fish
This dish is originally a Chinese recipe made of fried white fish covered in a sauce made from ketchup, diced pineapples and cucumbers.
The sauce offers a nice blend of sweetness and sourness all thanks to the ketchup, canned pineapple juice and vinegar.
If you are not a big fan of fish, you can replace it with fried chicken meat or pork.
2. Pig intestines cooked with pineapple
Speaking of pork, pig intestines might not be everyone’s cup of tea but in Sarawak it is famously cooked with this tropical fruit.
During Gawai or the harvest festival, pork is the white meat of choice. Usually, each and every part of the pig is not wasted and cooked including its intestines. Pineapple makes the perfect pairing, as its sweetness balances out this organ’s strong taste.
3. Pajeri nanas
From Sarawak, we now head to Peninsular Malaysia. “Pajeri nanas” or pineapple curry is a Malay traditional dish whereby each West Malaysian state has its own recipe.
4. Sambal nanas
Here is another Malay recipe; sambal is a sauce or paste made mainly from chili peppers with other secondary ingredients such as shrimp paste (sambal belacan) or petai (sambal petai).
Hence, sambal nanas is a rough paste made from pineapple.
5. Nanas Tumis Air
“Nanas tumis air” is a stir fried dish suitable for vegetarians. It is cooked with shallots, garlic, turmeric powder and spices like clove, star anise and cardamom.
6. Pineapple fried rice
Inspired by Thai fried rice, it is commonly seasoned with turmeric powder giving the dish its slightly yellow colour. What makes this dish so good, is the sweetness of the pineapple which gives this Asian staple the tropical fusion it needs.
7. Fruit rojak
Also known as Malaysian fruit salad, a rojak is a famous dish taken during tea-time. It consists of cucumber, jicama, deep-fried tofu and of course pineapple.
8. Pineapple tart
If you are not a big fan of this fruit as a savoury dish, here is the recipe that will suit all taste buds. These tarts are bite-sized baked goods topped or filled with pineapple jam. It is one of the famous festive cookies because it is usually served during Hari Raya, Chinese New Year and Gawai.
However, you can still find them in local bakeries all year round.