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Crispy Rice Salad (Nam Khao)

Posted on 01 May, 2022
Crispy Rice Salad (Nam Khao)

Rice Balls

1. Add glutinous rice to a large bowl filled with water and leave to soak overnight.

2. The next day, pour rice into a sieve/colander and drain.

3. Rinse with fresh tap water.

4. Line a steamer basket with parchment paper and add in rinsed rice (no water).

5. Steam for 30 minutes.

6. Meanwhile, prepare the rest of the ingredients for making the rice balls and place into a large mixing bowl.

7. After 30 minutes, remove the steamer and leave it to cool for 5-10 minutes on the bench top.

8. Remove the rice from the steamer and when cool enough to handle, mix all ingredients together in the bowl until everything is well combined.

9 Shape balls with your seasoned rice mix (larger than a golf ball but smaller than a tennis ball).

10. Deep fry rice balls until golden.

Set aside.



1. Combine the lime juice and sugar in a medium bowl. Stir to dissolve the sugar. 

2. Add in fish sauce and taste (You should be able to taste the sugar, lime and fish sauce but nothing should overwhelmingly stand out).

3, Keep adding fish sauce to the dressing until you achieve this balance.

4. Add water to thin out the dressing a little.

5. Add in garlic and chilli.

Assemble the Salad

1. Toast the glutinous rice grains in a dry skillet until golden.

2. Grind the toasted rice grains using a mortar and pestle to make the toasted rice powder. (The rice powder should not look like dust but needs to be fine enough to not resemble gritty sand.)

3. In a large mixing bowl, add salad ingredients.

4. Break up rice balls into big chunks and add into salad.

5. Pour in dressing and toss through.

6. Garnish serving platter with oak leaf lettuce leaves and serve. Best eaten immediately :) 

Chicken Sticky Rice

Posted on 01 Dec, 2020
Chicken Sticky Rice

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Serves: 4

1. Wash glutinous rice and soak at least 2 hours before cooking.                                     

2. Finely chop garlic and 1 clove of eschalot. Thinly slice the rest of eschalot and shallot and set aside.                                    

3. In a medium bowl, add chicken, 1 teaspoon of garlic, 1 teaspoon of sliced eschalot, cooking wine, five spice powder, fish sauce and 1 tbsp oyster sauce, sesame oil and 1/2 tbsp sugar. Mix well to combine and let it marinade for 1 hour.

4. Take glutinous rice out and drain well. Add glutinous rice to steamer on medium high heat, add salt and stir evenly. Steam for about 10 minutes. When it turns soft and sticky, add coconut cream into sticky rice and stir evenly to combine and cook for another 5 minutes. Make sure glutinous rice is not too mushy or too dry.

5. (Fried Eschalot) In a saucepan on medium heat, add 1/2 tbsp of oil. Once the oil is heated, add sliced eschalot and fry it. When eschalot turns golden brown, turn off the heat and set aside.                                                                            

6. (Shallot Oil) In a saucepan on medium heat, add the remaning oil. Once the oil is heated, add shallot in and quickly stir for 15 seconds and then add a pinch of salt and pepper. Turn off the heat and set aside.

7. (Sauce) In a small pan on medium heat, add oil, the remaning garlic, chopped eschalot and fry until fragrant. Add soysauce, chilli sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, chicken powder and mix well to combine. Turn off the heat and aside.           

8. Turn oven on 180 degree, grill the chicken for 30 minutes.                                    

9. Remove chicken from the oven and rest it. Then cut chicken into small pieces.

10. Place sticky rice on a plate. Place pate, shallot oil, sauce, fried eschalot and chicken on the top.