I decided to make the glutinous rice as this is what we have for our festive; birthdays, baby shower etc. I am not sure if this is common for all the dialect groups, but certainly a MUST for Hockchias :-)
The glutinous rice is usually served in a big plate... which means that the kids will need forks and plate. To make it more convenient for everyone to handle the rice, I decided to fill the rice into a small individual plastic bags.
See, no mess... so convenient! :-)
Mushroom: Seasoning the mushroom improves its taste. Once the mushroom is softened after soaking, squeeze out the water from the mushroom. Sprinkle some sugar on the underside (white portion) and rub it in. Leave for 10 min before dicing them.
Sausage: In my opinion, sausage, together with dried shrimp, are the key ingredients of the glutinous rice. Sausage's sweetness and saltiness of dried shrimp complement well to create the wonderful flavour!
Dried shrimps: To give it the extra oomph, I normally soaked the shrimps in some brandy after washing. It will taste like XO sauce :-).
BTW, you may need to microwave the shrimp first to dry it before frying. Otherwise the water in it will cos the oil to splatter.
Steam or Fried: There's 2 ways to cook this dish - steaming give you softer rice, and frying makes it less starchy. The choice is yours - depends on what you like.
Unlike baking, the measurements here can be taken as a guide. Feel free to add more or reduce to suit your tastebud!
3 cups glutinous rice, rinsed and soaked overnight or at least 3 hours
1/2 cup dried shrimps, soaked
8 dried chinese mushroom, soaked and diced.
1 pair of chinese sausage, sliced (I left it out for this occasion cos the school is halal)
2~3 cups of water or stock
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp five spice powder
1 tbsp soya sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce (I use vegetarian oyster sauce)
1 tbsp Sesame seed oil
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp chinese wine
2 tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp salt
- Heat up veg oil in a wok. Stir fry dried shrimp until fragrant. Take out of the wok and set aside.
- Brown the chinese sausage. No need oil as the sausage itself already has fat. Take out of the wok and set aside.
- Sauteed the mushrooms in sesame seed oil. Add sugar, five spice powder, soya sauce and oyster sauce. Sauteed for few more minutes before adding 1 cup of water.
- When the water starts to steam, add rice to wok. Stir to ensure it does not get burnt. Add more water as required.
- Add sausage and dried shrimps. Continue to stir fry until the water has dried up.
- If you are steaming the rice, you can pour the rice into a steamer now. Steam for 30min.
- If you are stir-frying the rice, continue to add more water as required. Fry until the rice is fully cooked.
- Garnish and serve!