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How to make sticky rice in the microwave

How to make sticky rice in the microwave

Sticky rice has many names, sweet rice, waxy rice, botan rice, biroin chal, mochi rice, and pearl rice, glutinous rice and pulut.  It is the cornerstone of many fine asian recipes.  If you like dim sum, you know all about it.  It's main characteristic is that it is sticky when cooked.  You can own some elaborate equipment to make it, or you can do it the easy way.  I choose the microwave.

 

1 1/2 cups glutinous or Sweet Rice (can be black or white)
5 cups water or whey

Soak the glutinous rice with 3 cups cold water for 15 minutes. When the time is up rub the rice with your hands and rinse until the water starts to be clear. Drain the rinsing water.  Add 2 cups of water or whey.  Add more of the rice is not submerged. Place in the microwave and cook on high power for 5 minutes. Remove, stir with a fork. Cook for another 10 minutes on medium heat. Fluff with a fork. Cook a little longer on hign heat if the rice is not softened to your liking.

Add to your favorite recipes or serve as a side dish.


If you like sticky rice:

 

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Haaka Dumplings

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I spent an awe inspiring day with Lakers and his wonderful family.  I was planning on venturing out into the country side of Fujian province on my own to see the amazing earthen buildings know as the Tulou.  Before I knew it I had a ride, an escort and the sincere hospitality of people I had never met.  

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While few of them could speak english we seemed to have little trouble communicating.  Before I knew it I was getting a cooking lesson from Laker's mother.  A brilliant cook, I was honored to have the opportunity.  Like the lessons from my grandmother there was no measuring or fretting about a missing ingredient.  Guided by instinct rather than a scrap of paper, the outcome was a celebration of the local bounty.

Haaka DumplingsFor the filling;


Sauté ingredients in a wok until the are cooked to your liking.


For the Dough:

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Mix enough sweet potato flour into the tarp root to makes dough.  Roll out so that the dough is about 2" in diameter.  Slice the rolls 1" thick.  Stuff with filling and then boil dough.

Serve with sauces to dip in, like Sweet Chili and a paste of chili's and garlic.

 

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Photo Credit:  Julie Cecchini