Halloween as come and gone and what a marvelous night it was. The night started out slow but soon groups of kiddies came knocking at our door for chocolate goodness. The whole neighbourhood was decked out in pumpkins as always fall colours shone through. Halloween was always something special for kiddies and parents as it was a bonding time for families. The night ended with a bang as colourful fireworks filled the night sky.
I decided to make something savoury again in light of the sweets posting. An avid fan of rice I am, I decided to make a glutinous rice dish. Glutinous rice was always a favorite in Asian dishes whether it be for lunch or dinner. It was especially warming for the tummy in cold weather conditions.
To make the rice, first wash about 1-2 cups glutinous rice and soak it with water for about 2 hours. The process will help soften the rice and allow it to cook faster. At the same time soak some mushrooms, dried shrimp and dried scallops; these ingredients add complexity and flavour to the dish. Soak the dry ingredients for approx 1 hour. While the dry ingredients are soaking, dice up some chinese sausage. Once the mushrooms have soaked enough water,fully expanded and soft, dice them up too. Next dice up the dried shrimp and shred the dried scallops, once softened only. Reserve the soaking water from the mushrooms and shrimps to stir fry the rice with.
To prepare the dish, first saute the chinese sausages and then the mushrooms. Next stir fry the shredded scallops, shrimp and place all ingredients in a bowl. Now comes frying the glutinous rice. Keep an eye on the rice as it sticks quite easily to the bottom on the pan. Add the reserved liquid to help cook the rice and keep stirring and sauteeing the rice until translucent and tender. Test for texture and combine the cooked ingredients such as the chinese sausage, mushroom, shrimp and scallop. For flavour add salt and soy sauce until satisfied with the taste of the meal. As a tip, one can add chicken stock to cook the rice and add chinese onions as well
Stir Fried Chinese Glutinous Rice Recipe (found here)
12 oz (about 1.5 C.) diced (about 1/4″ square) Chinese sausage (lop cherng)
9-10 medium dried shitake mushrooms
1/2 C. dried shrimp (hah mai)
3 C. short-grain sweet rice
3 to 4 Tbs. soy sauce
salt (to taste, about 1 tsp)
white pepper (to taste, about 1 tsp)
2 to 3 tsp. granulated sugar
3 to 4 Tbs. sesame oil
3 to 4 stalks green onion, minced
This dish is still one of my favorite dishes to make and eat. Now that I have learned 🙂 I will be making it more regularly!!!