Sticky Rice Bowl

Sticky Rice Bowl

Looking around the pantry, I see I still have a rather large bag of glutinous rice from when I made Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaf. This time I was much too lazy to bother with the lotus leaves. I thought to myself “I’ll just make a batch of sticky rice and serve it up in a bowl instead. It’ll be quicker since I’m not messing around with the leaves.”

Sticky Rice Bowl

But I’m probably deluding myself. It’s not hard to make but there’s still a bit of work involved. First, there’s the chopping of all the ingredients. And then there’s the combining of the savory part with the rice and since it’s sticky rice, it’s quite an upper arm workout.

I made it a little easier on myself by mixing in a bit of jasmine with the glutinous rice so the cooked rice is not quite as sticky. It’s not as chewy either but it’s still rich and flavorful.

Sticky Rice Bowl

Sticky Rice Bowl
Makes 4-6 servings

1 1/2 cups glutinous rice also known as sweet rice (use the measuring cup that came with the rice cooker)
1/2 cup jasmine rice

Savory Mixture
4 dried mushrooms, soaked and diced
1 medium carrot, diced
3 1/2 ounces vegan sausage (or 1 Tofurky Italian sausage), sliced into 1/8 inch rounds
3 ounces baked tofu
2 medium green onions, diced
3 sprigs of cilantro, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon vegetable oil

Sauce
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons vegetarian oyster sauce

Additional cilantro sprigs for garnish (optional)

Cooking directions is for use with a rice cooker with a 5.5 cups capacity. Using the inner pot of the rice cooker, rinse the rice in several changes of water until the water is clear. Add enough water to cook the sweet rice as indicated on the inner pot. Let the rice soak in the water for 2 hours before cooking. Cook the rice according to the rice cooker directions.

Combine the soy sauce and oyster sauce and set aside.

Heat a wok to hot, add the oil and swirl to coat the wok. Add the veggie sausage and stir fry until lightly browned.

Add the mushrooms and carrot and continue to stir fry for a few more minutes. If it appears dry, add a little bit of water. Add the tofu, peas and green onions, stir fry to combine. Add the sauce and cilantro and mix well.

Divide the savory mixture and rice in half to make it more manageable to combine. Place 1/2 of the mixture in the rice and 1/2 of the rice in the mixture. Mix together the two halves until everything is evenly distributed. It’s easiest to do when the rice is hot. Once cooled, it’ll be much harder.

To serve dim sum style, place a sprig of cilantro in the bottom of a rice bowl and pack the rice into the bowl. Invert onto a serving plate and remove the bowl.

15 Comments so far

  1. Lisa (ShowMeVegan) on March 19th, 2010

    very pretty! I’ve never cooked with sticky rice and wondered about the “sweet rice” mark in my cooker.

  2. Tanya on March 19th, 2010

    That looks really good! I’ve only recently discovered sweet brown rice, which I can get at my local Asian food market :)

  3. Andrea on March 19th, 2010

    That looks so good — I’ve got to go get some sticky rice. Your photo really makes the dish look irresistible. And let’s face it, if we didn’t delude ourselves about how much work is involved in making certain dishes, we’d never make them! I’m delusional much of the time. :)

  4. Holy Moly on March 19th, 2010

    I have been wondering what to do with all my extra sticky rice!

  5. radioactivegan on March 19th, 2010

    Mmmm. That looks so good. I have some sticky rice in my fridge leftover from sushi night. I might have to try something like this!

  6. Stacy on March 20th, 2010

    Maybe I’ve just had too much coffee, but that looks like the cutest and prettiest rice EVER. It sounds so tasty too!

  7. jessy on March 21st, 2010

    sticky rice will give your arm a god workout, fo ‘sho! i love your sticky rice bowl and all the yummies you added to it. a simple sauce is the way to go, too – it looks wonderful!

  8. Hannah on March 21st, 2010

    There are few things I love more or eat more regularly than rice bowls. They’re just so satisfying, and can accommodate nearly any veggies, proteins, and flavors! Love a new recipe to work with. :)

  9. JoLynn on March 22nd, 2010

    That looks so pretty and spring like. yum!

  10. Alisa on March 23rd, 2010

    Lovely ingredients.I love the different colors and how everything “sticks” together :)

  11. crystal on March 25th, 2010

    WOW :D really lovely. Cheers

  12. debra on March 28th, 2010

    This looks really good!
    Debra @ Vegan Family Style
    ps. I am giving away a copy of FOOD INC. on my blog- contest ends Midnight 3/31

  13. Amy on March 30th, 2010

    YUMEROO! Yes please!

  14. Viv on March 31st, 2010

    This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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