Sticky rice (you-fan) is a dish which you can find in many Taiwanese households. This is one of my personal favorites at family gatherings. Tonight, it is the new year’s eve in the lunar calendar. It is a big holiday for Chinese, Taiwanese, and many other Asian cultures. In my family, we gather and celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year with a hot pot feast consisted of seafood, beef, lamb, chicken, vegetables, and noodles. The best part is the interaction through cooking and eating together!
* My grandmother uses the type of measuring cup that comes with a rice cooker, usually designed in the metric system. 1 rice cup is equivalent to 3/4 cup.
- 3 rice cups* of glutinous rice
- 3 rice cups* of water
- ~1.5 cups of sliced shiitake mushroom
- 1 cup of pork cubes
- A dash of salt
- 4 tablespoon of soy sauce
- 2 tea spoons of white pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- A dash of small dried shrimp
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 whole onion, chopped
- Heat the pan on medium heat. Add oil, dried shrimp, garlic, and onions (pre-fried). Stir.
- Add pork, sticky rice, salt, and 2 tablespoons of soy sauce. Stir.
- Remove the pan from the heat and pour everything into a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
- Add water into the bowl. Add pepper. Cover.
- Microwave for 10 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of soy sauce to taste. Stir.
- Microwave for 5 minutes. Stir. Microwave for another 3 minutes.
- Set aside for 3 minutes. Serve.
For those of you celebrating the lunar new year, I want to wish you all a happy new year – 恭喜發財 (Gong Xi Fa Cai)!