Sticky Rice - Kow Neuw ข้าวเหนียว

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Thai people in the northern and northeastern regions eat sticky rice (also known as sweet rice or glutinous rice) in place of long grain rice. It is eaten with your hands by making a little ball and dipping it into other dishes.

While most people used to make it with a steamer, the microwave seems much easier. The grains come out a little stickier, but unless you are eating with your hands, you barely notice.

When you choose your rice, make sure you buy and use sticky rice. Sticky rice is not jasmine rice. If you try to cook jasmine rice this way, it will cook, but it will not taste or feel like sticky rice. Sticky rice has whitish grain as opposed to opaque like jasmine rice.

2-3 Servings, Prep Time: 10 Minutes, Total Time: 1 Hours30 Minutes

Tips and Techniques

  • There is a special bamboo steamer that people in northeastern Thailand use, but you don't really need one. All you need is a western steamer or a bowl you can set in a larger pot and some cheesecloth.
  • When steaming sticky rice, it's important to move the rice around so that the rice gets evenly cooked.
  • The microwave method is perfect for Mango on Sticky Rice.
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