In this wonderful sticky rice dish, it is paired with with with flavorful chicken, aromatics sesame oil, soy, shiitake mushrooms, and spices. This dish would be a welcome addition or stuffing alternative for your holiday table.
Thank you to Dora of M Grace Bake Shop for sharing this wonderful recipe!
My Favorite Thanksgiving Memory
My parents immigrated from Taiwan in the 60s. Their first home was an apartment building in Philadelphia where they befriended another Taiwanese family. I know it was a struggle in those early days but they were so curious about Thanksgiving and decided to celebrate a traditional meal together. My mom told me they never had turkey before and had no idea how to cook it. They ended up cutting it up and boiling the turkey pieces. This makes me laugh so hard because my mom is a wonderful cook and I’m sure they were so confused by this ingredient.
By the time I came along, Thanksgiving dinner included a proper Roast Turkey and sides like mashed potatoes and gravy. Everything was pretty standard except for the stuffing. I have some recollection of Stove Top making an appearance but stuffing to our family meant Sticky Rice. It has a wonderful aroma from the sesame oil and savory rich flavors that fit right into a holiday table. I think every Taiwanese Family has their version of this comforting dish. It’s a short-grain rice that is sautéed with aromatics, sesame oil, soy, and shiitake mushrooms then steamed in a rice cooker. My version will never come close to my mom’s version but recreating this recipe definitely makes me feel closer to her.
I’ve had the good fortune of celebrating Thanksgiving with family and sometimes groups of friends or both. I love being able to sample what everyone brings as their favorite dish and hearing the stories behind them. Sticky Rice reminds me of how important those flavors of home are.Print