December 19, 2008

Thai Mango Sticky Rice

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, desert.  This tasty treat is good at any time of day, just like all good Thai food.  The newest iteration of Yum Sunday* happened last Sunday when I made this and Thai Iced Tea, and brunched at Lauren and Mary Ann's house.  

This treat is really easy to make, although it has a few steps, so if you have any questions, let me know!  I actually think mango sticky rice may be the avenue for world peace.

What's in it
1 1/2 C long grain sticky rice (I have a bag from Koda Farms, and it's called Premium Sweet Rice)
2 C unsweetened coconut milk (I use one can)
1 C sugar
2 tsp salt
ripe mangoes or other fruit (berries and bananas work really well)
sesame seeds

How it's done
Soak the rice in water overnight.

Drain the soaked rice, and place in a steamer basket.  You can use a traditional bamboo steamer inside a pot, or place cheesecloth over your own steamer basket to keep the rice from falling through.  Steam the rice 30-45 minutes, until the rice is plump and glistens, and pinches into chewy lumps.

While the rice is steaming, combine the coconut milk, sugar and salt in a medium pot and cook over medium heat.  Cook, stirring gently, for about five minutes until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat and set aside.

When rice is ready, place in a large bowl, and pour the coconut mixture on top, stirring gently to mix.  Cover and set aside for at least 30 minutes.  I did this the night before and re-heated in the microwave.

Slice the mango and/or the other fruit.  

Serve the sticky rice on small dessert plates with sliced fruit on top, and sprinkled sesame seeds (or dried mung beans if you have any).  The rice tastes best when served warm.

*Yum Sunday was originally known as Waffle Sunday, which happened every Sunday at Alexis' house in Forest Ranch.  Alexis' mom, Patty, would make homemade Belgian waffles, and serve them up with a minimum of five of your favorite toppings.  When Alexis and I lived together in college, we had a revival of Waffle Sunday, although then it would happen at any time or day of the week.  After Andy and I dated a couple years, he finally introduce me to Thai Temple here in Berkeley, which is a temple that serves Thai food for breakfast every Sunday.  This is where I discovered Mango Sticky Rice.  After ritually going to Thai Temple months in a row, it became known as Yum Sunday (Yum!, for short).  I would have to say each of these iterations of breakfast were life changing.  Each of these iterations brought together friends and family, taking time out of the busy pace of life.  I highly encourage you to start your own Yum Sunday tradition.


  1. I'm bummed that I work every Sunday morning! I guess I can have Waffle Wednesdays or something, but it's just not quite the same. I keep telling Mark that he can't have waffles with just butter and syrup, but he doesn't get it yet. I'm working on him, though.

    Next time you come up to visit we have to go to the Waffle Window on Hawthorne.

  2. Yeah! Waffle Window! Keep working on Mark, he'll come around. Waffle Sunday definitely doesn't have to be on Sunday, that's for sure.

  3. can we substitute regular rice for sticky rice as we cant get it here?

  4. Yes, you can substitute, my Andy has done it in the past. It may require some tweaking of the recipe, maybe a little more sugar. Let me know how it goes! You should be able to find it at natural food groceries and places like Whole Foods Market, or if you have a local asian grocery.


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