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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Cooking Lao Sticky Rice

Sticky Rice is the preferred rice for Laos and northern Thailand. Sticky Rice is best serve with Classic Thai / Lao Hot Sauce and Lap Lao Beef.

You must serve at least one of the sticky rice dipping sauces when you serve sticky rice:Roasted Tomato Chili Sauce
Classic Thai / Lao Hot Sauce
Eggplant Chili Sauce
Jeow Ba Dek

Unlike Khao Chow which is jasmine rice, sticky rice is always served in a bamboo basket, as seen in the video below. It is traditionally eaten with your hands. The rice should not stick to your fingers when properly cooked. If the rice sticks to your hands, next time, reduce the cooking time because each crop of rice is different.

When purchasing sticky rice, make sure the label states "Glutinous" and that the rice is a product of Thailand.

How to cook Sticky Rice:
1. Rinse the glutinous rice several times to remove any debris.
2. Soak the rice in luke warm water for at least 4 hours or over night.
3. Pour soaked rice into a bamboo steaming basket. If there are any left over sticky rice, separate them into little pieces and dropped on top of the soaked rice. Cover the rice with a lid.
4. Add 2 inches of water into the steaming pot.
5. Place the bamboo steaming basket into the pot.
6. Once the water boils, start cooking time for 20 minutes.
7. Carefully remove the steaming basket from the pot and flip the rice.
8. Cook for another 5 minutes.
9. Mix the rice thoroughly.
10. Serve sticky rice in a bamboo basket, as seen in the picture below.

Left over sticky rice is also used in dessert recipes like sticky rice & cango and khao dome. Aso use left over sticky rice to make grilled sticky rice and egg. Mix white sticky rice with black sticky rice to make khao sung ga ya dessert which is sticky rice with coconut custard.

Coconut Custard

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Blogger furtive said...

Another excellent post.

A few questions though:

a) is it necessary to soak the rice for 4 hours?

b) it looks like you throw two items into the rice just before steaming it. Was this butter, something else or just my imagination?

c) Would you be willing to show how to prepare a Lao beef lap? I love the mint/beef taste and would really like to try and prepare one over here.

Again, great blog, I can't wait to see more.

7:36 PM  
Blogger Manivan Larprom said...

a) You must soak the sticky rice in luke warm water for at least 4 hours.

b) If you have left over sticky rice, break them up into pieces and throw them on top of the uncooked rice to reheat. For reheating sticky rice only, steam for 5 minutes.

c) Yes, laap beef will be on my blog. Stay tuned.

9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GREAT blog!!!

I love sticky rice and for the first time I found a wonderful explanation (with video included).
I´m from argentina but live in NYC. My god-sohn is German-Thai, that´s why I realized I love Thai & Laos food. All your recipes are gorgeous!!

Thanks very much!!

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


thank you for recipes. Can you cook sticky rice directly into the serving baskets ?

great blogg

9:24 AM  
Blogger Manivan Larprom said...

I have not seen or heard anyone cook sticky rice in a serving bamboo basket--only in the steaming bamboo basket. Try it and let me know.

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sabaidee! your blog is great. i was born in vientiane and my mother is lao and my father is caucasian american. i grew up in the states but i was raised eating lao food and american food. when i left home, i had to fend for myself and even though going out to thai/southeast asian restaurants, it's not the same as eating home cooked lao.

unfortunately, my mom is not a very patient person and never taught me how to cook anything, let alone lao food, so i learned on my own... of course calling her for advice. i love your blog though. you have traditional lao food that i am used to as well as dishes that i am not familar with making but now i can't wait to try!

keep up the good work!

1:58 AM  
Blogger dizzygamr said...

i made sticky rice by your directions and i have a few questions.

1)what brand of rice should i use that i can get at any thai market or regular grocery store

2)what grocery stores sell this/these brand(s) of rice

3)does it make a difference if the steaming basket is new or worn out and what is the difference

8:51 PM  
Blogger Manivan Larprom said...

It doesn't matter the brand of rice but make sure the label says "glutinous". Do not use jasmine rice. Glutinous rice may be purchased at a Thai, Lao, Cambodian, and Vietnamese supermarkets. It makes no difference if the steaming basket is used or worn out, just make sure the holes are small so the rice doesn't fall through.

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can i make sticy rice in a rice cooker? I don't have a rice basket and pot.

11:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are great for putting this information out there. I am in LOVE with Lao/Tai food, and my kids are too (We are 100% caucasian). I need to start cooking this at home. The only thing I know how to make at home is Papaya salad (which is my favorite..)

1:26 AM  
Anonymous dawn said...

i love sticky rice! we eat it with chili all the time, plus i love to make mango sticky rice as well.

i had purchased a steamer and basket over the internet and the directions for how to use also said you can soak the rice in hot water for 20 minutes or until rice volume is double in size instead of for several hours or overnight, which is what i usually do. it still comes out great.

what is the purpose of the bamboo serving basket? does it keep the rice moist better or is it more a traditional thing?

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im looking for a spicy liquid sauce to dip my syciky rice in, do you have any suggestions, or recipies? Something like the juice from cucumber salad?

1:22 PM  
Blogger Manivan Larprom said...

You can check my dipping sauce blog for lots of sticky rice dipping sauces.

7:07 AM  
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3:01 AM  
Anonymous vietfoodrecipes said...

Interesting way to cook sticky rice. There's another easy way to cook sticky rice by soaking the rice overnight and rinse, fill it with a bit of water and put it in the microwave for a couple mins. The result is great as well.


10:03 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

hi. just back from Ban Pong Kahm, a 3 k. bike ride from the center of Luang Prabang. Lived there for 6 months and learned how to shop at Pousi Market and how to prepare what I had bought that morning.

I am on line looking to buy a steamer and 10k of Sticky Rice. suggestions?

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just finished dinner, was excellent! How do I clean the steamer basket?
Thanks so much

9:10 PM  
Anonymous chicken lover said...

rice is the best protein food

12:36 AM  

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