The 8 Best Asian Sticky Rice Recipes

Chinese and Asian Glutinous Rice Dishes

Throughout Asia, sticky rice (glutinous rice, sweet rice) is used in dumplings, desserts and more. Here is a collection of Asian sticky rice recipes.

  • 01 of 08
    Chinese style glutinous rice ball
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    What makes this appetizer stand out are the grains of glutinous rice (also called sweet or sticky rice), which turn a pearly color when cooked. Note: While the preparation and cooking time for the Pearl Balls is under an hour, be sure to allow several hours for soaking the glutinous rice. The easiest method is simply to soak it overnight. Ground pork, green onion, and water chestnuts are added, and you enjoy them dipped in soy sauce.

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    Lotus leaf rice
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    This popular dim sum dish is made by steaming lotus leaves filled with sticky rice, Chinese sausages, and other vegetables. You'll love the filling tied into these square bundles.

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    Peanuts are simmered with sweet sticky rice and coconut milk in this Vietnamese recipe from cookbook author Diana my-tran, reprinted with permission from The Vietnamese Cookbook. It's a traditional breakfast in China and Vietnam. Garnish it with shredded coconut, crushed peanuts, and sesame seeds as you prefer.

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    Botamochi
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    In Japan, these rice balls are cooked during the higan periods of spring and autumn, leading to the two different names. Ohagi is named for an autumn flower and botamochi is named for a spring flower. The recipe uses anko, which is sweet azuki bean paste, plus walnuts, black sesame seeds, and soybean powder.

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  • 05 of 08
    Woman eating zoni soup
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    In Japan, glutinous rice is pounded to make mochi or rice cakes that are used in a number of different ways. In this recipe, the rice cakes are added to soup. Ozoni is an honorific term for zoni. Each serving of ozoni soup has a large piece of the mochi rice cake. The recipes differ from family to family. This one includes dried kelp, carrots, daikon, and mizuna. More vegetables can be added as you wish, including shiitake mushrooms, lotus root, or spinach.

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    Sticky Rice Coconut Padan
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    This easy dessert recipe is Thai-inspired. It can be made ahead and will please guests who are on a gluten-free or dairy-free diet. It also doesn't require anything but a stovetop as there is no baking or steaming. It sits overnight in your refrigerator to firm up. You can find the pandan essence flavoring in tiny bottles at Asian food stores. You can serve it cold or warm, topped with coconut milk or fresh fruit.

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    An interesting dessert from Laos uses the pungent durian fruit. You'll steam sticky rice with coconut milk and mix it with the flesh of the durian fruit. Then it is served with more coconut milk.

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    This version of pandan sticky rice is formed into sweet rice balls topped with shredded fresh coconut.