Unless you know someone who regularly makes sticky rice for meals, this Southeast Asian staple, although simple to make, requires a bit of planning and hands on time. You’ll also need a few pieces of special “equipment” that may not be found in your typical American kitchen.
- Short grain, sweet rice. Three Ladies brand is one of our favorites. Approximately 1/2 cup uncooked rice per person. Sweet rice can be found at most Asian markets.
- Steamer Basket
- Steamer Lid
- Boiler Pot
- Keeper Basket, optional
- Straw Mat/Tray
2. Fill rice and bowl with cold water, about 2” more than rice level. Leave rice to soak for 2-10 hours. Overnight is best, but we usually end up soaking for 2-3 hours. Three Ladies Brand, pictured on left.
3. Drain the rice and transfer to steaming basket. Rinse the steaming basket with hot water to keep the rice from sticking.
4. Fill the double boiler pot with 3-4” water and place steam basket on top.
6. Once water comes to a boil reduce to medium and steam rice for about 20 minutes. A snack is sometimes a must while we wait for the rice to cook.
8. Rinse the rice “keeper” basket with hot water just before the rice is done. Again, to keep from sticking.
10. Once rice is not steaming hot, but still warm transfer in small pieces to the “keeper” basket.
Sticky rice is best eaten with your hands. We like to serve it with sliced ribeye and homemade hot sauce.Set the table with little bowls, for rice and for sauce, and eat happily and hungrily, family style. Thank you to our friend Rebecca Thao and her boys for showing us how to make this great rice treat!