Thursday, July 8, 2010

Glutinous Rice

split skinned mung beans, Chinese Chestnuts, little Chinese mushroom. ( If you prefer a vegetarian Glutinous rice.
No soya sauce pork, browned by caramelized sugar.

This is a lazy modern day person's concoction of Zhung Zhi. The Cantonese call it NOI MAI GAI. I use pork in mine, so it is called NOI MAI FAN or glutinous rice.

To make my caramelized pork, I had to email my sister Margaret.

You remember when you were in form 1, you learned to cook pork trotters. You caramelizd sugar to make a beautiful reddish brown, you remember how to do it?
Sam doesn't like soya sauce. I decided to cook from memory of you doing it. The colour is very nice, but because I was multi tasking, I forgot to tell my assistant Sam to stir all the time, it got a little too brown. Luckily it was not burnt.

Hi Ann,
Heat up the wok until hot and then you put in the sugar until it melts and turned brown. Depending on the degree of browness you want, then you add in the pork trotters. Ýou have to be very vigilant, otherwise you end up getting charcoal.

Glutinous rice is also called sweet or sticky rice. It is used in this recipe as you need the rice to stick together. In Thai restaurant, you often get a pudding of sweet rice and mango cubes and coconut milk.

Instead of wrapping the rice individual with bamboo leaves, I make it like a pie. Soak the rice for at least 4 hours.

In a casserole dish, line a layer or soaked glutinous rice, put the pork, and vegetarian mixture in the middle, cover with rice, and you should have the filling enclosed in the rice.

Steam in a wok for one hour.

Alternatively you can cook in the microwave for 15 minutes. Add boiling water into the casserole dish.


In fact, the Zhung my family are not tetrahedral shaped, they are like a six inch pillow. Zhung takes about 3 hours to steam. I am making the simplified version. The Purists would shake their heads especially when I do the mircowave version.


Ginny Hartzler said...

I have not heard of this dish, but it really looks good!

The JR said...

Hey Ann, to answer your comment on the Chinese Ear Fungi. I don't know if she ever had them. She's not with us any more. But, I can tell you she would eat a whole lot of stuff I would only look at. Some times the weirder we thought it was the more she enjoyed it!

Your carmelized pork looks very good. I LUV rice. I don't think there is any kind of rice that I don't love.