Sticky Rice

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sticky rice

Kow Neow   ข้าวเหนียว

'Kow' means rice and 'neow' means sticky. Sticky rice is a staple in Northern and Northeastern Thailand where people eat it instead of long grain rice. Sticky rice is eaten with hands.

Sticky rice is traditionally soaked overnight and steamed, not boiled. When long grain rice is cooked, it turns from opaque to white; when sticky rice is cooked, it turns from white to translucent.

I often use leftover sticky rice to make sticky rice pudding. Left over sticky rice can also be heated and let soak in coconut milk and topped with fruit, such as mango, for a dessert.

Recipes made with Sticky Rice

  • bamboo shoot yum

    Bamboo Shoot Yum

    Soop Naw Mai

    Shredded bamboo shoots boiled in wild Thai leaves with hot lime sauce.

  • mango on sticky rice

    Mango on Sticky Rice

    Kow Neuw Mamuang

    Ripe mango served on a bed of coconut milk soaked sticky rice.

  • coconut milk sticky rice

    Coconut Milk Sticky Rice

    Kow Neuw Moon

    Sticky rice cooked in sweetened conut milk.

  • green papaya salad

    Green Papaya Salad

    Som Tum

    Shreded green papaya, cherry tomatoes, green beans with lime dressing

  • grilled pork

    Grilled Pork

    Moo Ping

    Grilled pork on skewers

  • grilled steak with spicy shallot sauce

    Grilled Steak with Spicy Shallot Sauce

    Nua Yang

    Medium rare grilled steak, served with spicy shallot and lime sauce.

  • laab



    Spicy ground pork or chicken salad cooked in lime juice, chili pepper and fish sauce

  • steak salad

    Steak Salad

    Yum Nua

    Spicy beef salad in lime juice, hot pepper and fish sauce

  • sticky rice

    Sticky Rice

    Kow Neuw

    Steamed sticky rice -- an essential part of regional Thai cuisine

  • nam prig noom

    Nam Prig Noom

    ์์์Nam Prig Noom

    Popular northern meal; green chili sauce, pork rinds and sticky rice

  • grilled chicken with turmeric

    Grilled Chicken with Turmeric

    Gai Yang Kamin

    Turmeric and lemongrass marinated grilled chicken.

  • northern thai eggplant salad

    Northern Thai Eggplant Salad

    Yum Makua Praw

    Spicy northern Thai raw eggplant salad with minced pork.

  • nam tok

    Nam Tok

    Spicy grilled beef salad with toasted rice.

  • heavenly beef

    Heavenly Beef

    Nua Sawan

    Beef jerky spiced with peppercorns, cumin and coriander.

  • fried chicken wings

    Fried Chicken Wings

    Peek Gai Tod Gluea

    Fried chicken wings with crispy skin, seasoned lightly with Thai herbs

  • iced triangles in syrup

    Iced Triangles in Syrup

    Nam Cheum

    Chewy sticky rice dumplings served in ice and fragrant syrup

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