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5 Delicious Recipes to Try with Sticky Rice

Sticky rice, also known as glutinous rice or sweet rice, is a staple in many Asian cuisines and is loved for its unique, chewy texture and sweet flavor. Here are five delicious recipes to try with sticky rice:

  1. Mango Sticky Rice (Khao Niew Mamuang):

    • This Thai dessert is a delightful combination of sticky rice, ripe mango slices, and a sweet coconut sauce.
    • Ingredients:
      • Sticky rice
      • Ripe mangoes
      • Coconut milk
      • Sugar
      • Salt
    • Instructions:
      1. Soak the sticky rice for a few hours or overnight, then steam it until it’s cooked and tender.
      2. While the rice is cooking, make a sauce by heating coconut milk, sugar, and a pinch of salt until it thickens.
      3. Serve the cooked sticky rice with slices of ripe mango and drizzle the coconut sauce over the top.
  2. Sticky Rice with Chinese Sausage (Lap Xuong Sticky Rice):

    • This savory Vietnamese dish combines sticky rice with flavorful Chinese sausage and sometimes other ingredients like dried shrimp or shiitake mushrooms.
    • Ingredients:
      • Sticky rice
      • Chinese sausage (lap xuong)
      • Dried shrimp (optional)
      • Shiitake mushrooms (optional)
      • Soy sauce
      • Salt and pepper
    • Instructions:
      1. Soak the sticky rice for a few hours, then steam it until cooked.
      2. Slice Chinese sausage and cook it in a pan until slightly crispy. If using dried shrimp and shiitake mushrooms, sauté them as well.
      3. Mix the cooked sticky rice and the sautéed ingredients, season with soy sauce, salt, and pepper to taste.
  3. Biko (Filipino Sticky Rice Cake):

    • Biko is a sweet Filipino dessert made from sticky rice, coconut milk, and brown sugar, creating a caramelized topping.
    • Ingredients:
      • Sticky rice
      • Coconut milk
      • Brown sugar
      • Coconut cream (optional)
    • Instructions:
      1. Cook sticky rice with coconut milk and sugar until it becomes a thick, sticky consistency.
      2. Spread the cooked rice mixture in a baking dish, flatten it, and then bake it until the top caramelizes.
      3. Once it cools, cut it into squares and serve with a drizzle of coconut cream if desired.
  4. Zongzi (Sticky Rice Dumplings):

    • Zongzi is a traditional Chinese dish made of glutinous rice stuffed with various fillings, wrapped in bamboo leaves, and then steamed or boiled.
    • Ingredients:
      • Sticky rice
      • Bamboo leaves
      • Fillings (e.g., pork, mushrooms, salted egg yolk, peanuts)
    • Instructions:
      1. Soak bamboo leaves until they become pliable, then rinse and drain.
      2. Wrap sticky rice and your choice of fillings in the bamboo leaves, securing them with string or kitchen twine.
      3. Steam or boil the wrapped zongzi until the rice is cooked and the fillings are tender.
  5. Sticky Rice Balls with Sesame Filling (Tangyuan):

    • Tangyuan is a popular Chinese dessert consisting of glutinous rice balls filled with sweet sesame paste and served in a warm, sweet syrup.
    • Ingredients:
      • Sticky rice flour
      • Water
      • Sweet sesame paste
      • Sugar
    • Instructions:
      1. Make a dough by mixing sticky rice flour and water until it forms a smooth, elastic texture.
      2. Divide the dough into small portions, flatten them, and place a spoonful of sweet sesame paste in the center.
      3. Seal the dough around the filling and roll it into balls.
      4. Boil the rice balls until they float to the surface, then serve them in a sweet syrup made by simmering water and sugar.

These recipes showcase the versatility of sticky rice in both sweet and savory dishes from various Asian cuisines. Enjoy experimenting with these delicious sticky rice creations!

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