Eight Treasure Rice Pudding
Eight Treasure rice pudding is a traditional Lunar New Year dessert. It's named for the eight different dried and candied fruits used in the recipe.
- Serves: 8 persons
- For the Rice:
- 2cups glutinous rice (sticky rice)
- 1tablespoon sunflower oil
- ¼teaspoon salt
- For the Fruit:
- Neutral oil for coating bowl
- Handful of sugar-glazed cherries
- Handful of black raisins
- Handful of yellow raisins
- 1dried apricot
- For the Filling:
- 100grams red bean paste
- Handful of sugar lotus seeds
- For the Potato Starch Water:
- 2tablespoons water
- 1teaspoon potato starch
- Optional: 2 drops rose essence
- For the Sugar Syrup:
- 1tablespoon sugar
- 1tablespoon honey
- ½cup water
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Place the glutinous rice in a non-reactive bowl and cover it with cold water. Let it soak for at least 1 hour.
Step 3Drain the soaking water and place the rice in a steamer basket set over simmering water. Cover and steam for 30 to 45 minutes. While still hot, gently combine it with the sunflower oil and salt.
Step 4Coat the inside of a heat-proof medium-sized bowl with oil. (Make sure this bowl will fit in the steamer basket.) Cut the sugar-glazed cherries in half and put some aside for later. Place the remaining sugar-glazed cherries along with the dried fruits in a decorative pattern in the bowl.
Step 5Once the fruit is arranged, place half of the cooked rice in the bowl and press down gently.
Step 6Spoon the red bean paste into the middle and smooth out the top.
Step 7Use a little bit of glutinous rice to cover the red bean paste and place the sugar lotus seeds and remaining sugar-glazed cherries around the edge of the bowl.
Step 8Evenly place the rest of the glutinous rice on top and press down.
Step 9Place the bowl with the fruit and rice in the steamer basket set over simmering water and steam for 30 minutes, keeping an eye on the amount of water underneath the basket.
Step 10Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the starch water ingredients, whisking vigorously until well combined.
Step 11Place all the syrup ingredients in a small pot. Bring to a boil, and then add the starch water. Stir until thick.
Step 12Remove the bowl from the steamer basket and let it rest for 10 minutes. Invert the bowl onto a plate and release the rice pudding. Brush the sugar syrup over the surface.