Rice Southeast Asians can’t function without it. It is the primary staple food in the region, so much so it is eaten at just about each meal. Did you know that there is a diverse assortment of rice? A lot like how potatoes can be mashed, baked, good friend until eventually crunchy or baked, rice can also be sticky. This is called glutinous rice. Or for simplicity’s sake let’s contact it sticky rice. Just like its name
So, what makes sticky rice, nicely, sticky? Some may possibly be amazed to know that the grains search quite the same as your standard de facto rice. But the contents are truly fairly diverse. amylase (a type of starch) but getting substantial quantities of amylopectin (an additional kind of starch).
The cooking techniques are also distinct. Regular rice is boiled although sticky rice is steamed utilizing a cone-shaped woven bamboo basket that practically appears like a conical hat. The bottom of the basket fits into a tall pot and a lid covers the top of the basket even though the rice is being cooked over a burner.
But why steam? That is since it keeps the rice dry, which in turn tends to make it sticky, rather than wet and gummy like non-glutinous varieties. The cooked sticky rice is then served in modest round baskets with lids or in tiny plastic bags, both intended to maintain the rice warm by obtaining some of the warm vapor circulating all around the rice.
The very good point about sticky rice is that it can be eaten with anything. Attempt it with chicken, pork, beef or even vegetable and soup dishes. And to genuinely eat it like a nearby, stick your meat or veggies into the rice, roll it into a ball and take pleasure in. And yes, they use their hands, so dig in! Sticky rice can also be additional with coconut milk and eaten as a dessert, typically with mangoes or durians.
So, what are you waiting for? It is steamy, hot, sticky and prepared to be eaten! And you certain will uncover lots of it with our Taste of Laos and even our Isaan Insight tour. And if sticky rice is not adequate go for one particular of our Culinary Tours that will surely make you salivate like Pavlov’s dog.