Sticky Rice Dumplings Recipe

Sticky Rice Dumplings Recipe

Sticky rice dumplings are common throughout Southeast Asia. This savory Thai recipe features a healthy chicken and shiitake mushroom filling.
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  • Serves: 6 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Mix 1 teaspoon cornstarch with 3 tablespoons soy sauce until cornstarch dissolves.
  3. Step 3

    Pour over chopped chicken breasts in a small mixing bowl. Stir well and set aside.
  4. Step 4

    Place a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil and swirl around, then add the ginger and stir-fry 30 seconds.
  5. Step 5

    Next, add the chicken.
  6. Step 6

    As you stir-fry, add 1 tablespoon white wine or stock whenever the wok/pan becomes dry.
  7. Step 7

    After about 2 minutes (or when chicken is cooked), add the mushrooms and stir-fry another 1 to 2 minutes, or until mushrooms have softened.
  8. Step 8

    Make the stir-fry sauce: combine fish sauce, brown sugar, 1 piece grated peeled ginger, lime juice, dark soy sauce, and oyster sauce
  9. Step 9

    Add the stir-fry sauce to the wok and turn the heat down to low while you stir it in. Do a taste-test and adjust seasoning as needed. Switch off the heat and set aside to cool.
  10. Step 10

    Unfold banana leaves. Using scissors, cut one large rectangular piece (approximately 1 foot by 1 1/2 feet). Then cut a smaller piece to go inside (approximately 8- to 10-inch rectangle). The smaller piece is like a lining (banana leaves are naturally porous).
  11. Step 11

    Bring out the prepared sticky rice. Scoop out enough rice to make a square patty in the center of the 2 banana leaves (the patty should be about 4" square or slightly larger, and about 1/2" thick).
  12. Step 12

    Now place about 1 heaping tablespoon of the chicken stir-fry filling (or slightly more) over the rice.
  13. Step 13

    Take another scoop of sticky rice and cover the filling so that it's almost like a sandwich. Sticky rice is easy to work with―if you find there are places where the filling is left uncovered, simply patch these areas with a little more sticky rice.
  14. Step 14

    Now fold down the top of the banana leaf rectangle over the sticky rice. Holding this in place, bring up the bottom of the rectangle then fold over the sides. Think of wrapping a present or parcel. Use a toothpick, satay stick or some baker's twine to secure your banana leaf packets.
  15. Step 15

    When ready to eat, heat them up in the oven 15 minutes at 350 F, or you can also microwave or steam them.
  16. Step 16

    Eat the dumplings out of the banana leaves (the leaf lends the dumpling a delicate, unique fragrance and flavor).