Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Lao Sticky Rice

We are hooked on Lao sticky rice. I finally learned how to make it and could eat it every day. It has to be sweet or glutinous rice, which you probably can only find in an Asian grocery store. You have to let it soak in water at least 2-3 hours but I think overnight is best. Once it's finished soaking just rinse it off good.

You need a bamboo steamer and a pot thingy for it to fit in. You can find these at any Asian grocery store as well. Bring about 3 inches of water to a boil and place the bamboo basket containing the rice right on top.

Just place a lid on top so that it steams.

After about 15 minutes you flip the rice so that it cooks evenly. Some people have the ability to just somehow flip the basket and the rice just turns right over. Me, not so much. I take a big spoon and flip it. Once it is translucent and sticks to itself and not your hands it's done. They have cute little bamboo baskets to serve it in, but I don't have any of those. I just piled mine on a plate. As you can see below, you can just make a ball out of a piece and dip it in some sauce.

You could dip it in soy, Siriracha, or whatever you like. I made a homemade Siriracha type sauce. I just put 3 garlic cloves, 1 tsp of salt, and some red cayenne pepper in my mortar and pestle and made a paste. Then I combined half a cup of vinegar and half a cup of sugar in a saucepan until it dissolved then added the paste in. It's rather twangy but quiet addicting.

This post has made me hungry, think I'll go have some for a late night snack!

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