|Thai Glutinous Rice|
Last night I cooked up some thai sticky rice to go with some sous vide pork belly that Nathan left for me. Here's how it goes: Start with thai glutenous rice. You will see it called "Sweet Rice", but honestly I have no idea why. It doesn't taste sweet. You can get this at an Asian market for about the same price as any other rice, and I think we picked ours up at Park to Shop in Cleveland's asiatown, but any market will do. (It might be hard to find this at a mainstream grocery, I've seen some Japanese short-grain sticky rice for sushi, etc., but this is different.
|Rice drained after soaking|
Next you want to wash the rice. Add some rice to a bowl with cold water, swish it around with your hands until the water is cloudy, and carefully pour the water out. Do this 3 times. Finish by adding plenty of cool water to the bowl and set a timer for 45-60 minutes to let your rice soak. After the hour of soaking, carefully pour out the water. This rice looks sort of chalky-white-opaque, rather than an almost translucent cream color of other rices.
Set up a steamer basket on the stove over boiling water. There are more traditional bamboo steamer baskets available at different asian markets that sit over a pot of boiling water and can be used for rice or steamed dumplings, but to be honest I've never actually used one. For our purposes, a metal steamer that fits in a pot works just fine. (I've also read a technique where a splatter screen is set over the top of a frying pan with boiling water, then a metal bowl set upside down on the screen for steaming.) Really, any old thing will do.
|Soaked rice spread in the steamer|
Once the water for the steamer is boiling, dump the rice into the steamer and spread it into an even level and put a lid on, set a timer for 15 minutes.
I was really concerned at first that the rice was going to fall all the way through the holes and into the water boiling below. Now that I've made this twice, the fear is completely gone. I haven't had a single grain fall through. Soaking helps the rice sort of stick together (like wet sand).
|Flipping the rice|
Once the rice is flipped, put the lid back on and set the timer for another 10 minutes. You'll want to make sure that that you don't run out of water in your steamer.
When the timer goes off, you're done! Rice is best pushed into a mold to make a shape, or served with steamed bok choy and sous vide pork belly.
|My dinner is served!|
1. Rinse the rice in cool water two or three times
2. Soak the rice in cool water for an hour
3. Put the rice in a steamer for 15 minutes
4. Flip the rice over
5. Steam for 10 more minutes6. Eat it with pork belly and bok choy