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Lo Mai Gai: Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaves

Submitted by: amanda wilson

These delicious pockets are a great complement to Chinese tea and my favorite thing to eat while drinking pu'erh.

Prep Time: Prep time: 30 min. Soak time: 4-5 hours Cook time: about 1 hour
Serving Size: serves 4
  • 2 lotus leaves, dried
  • 2 c. glutinous (sticky) rice
  • 1 tsp. pu'erh tea leaves (any kind)
  • 1 c. hot water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp. chicken bouillon¬†(optional)
  • 1 1/2 c. skinned chicken, dark meat preferable, diced
  • 1/2 c. lap cheong Chinese sausage, diced
  • 5 shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. fresh grated ginger root
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Chinese rice cooking wine
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. oyster sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • pinch black pepper
Soak rice for 4-5 hours. Rinse thoroughly.
Brew 1 c. of pu'erh tea using 1 tsp. tea and 1 c. hot water. Strain and allow to cool. Measure out 1/2 c. of brewed tea.
Place soaked and thoroughly rinsed rice into a steamer or rice cooker and cook according to the appliance's directions.
Mix together 1/2 tbsp. soy sauce, 1 tsp. sesame oil, the 1/2 c. brewed tea, and bouillon. When rice is cooked, mix thoroughly together.
Combine 1 tbsp. soy sauce, 1 tbsp. sesame oil, the ginger, garlic, oyster sauce, cornstarch, and pepper to make a marinade for the chicken. Soak the chicken in it for 20-30 min.
Cut the lotus leaves with scissors down the center so you have 4 fan-shaped leaves. In a large pot, boil water and carefully place the leaves into the water and boil about 10 min. or until they are soft. Remove from the water, rinse, and set aside.
Put the chicken and enough marinade that it is a bit saucy into a wok or skillet. Add the mushrooms, sausage, and wine cook until done.
To assemble, lay out a lotus leaf, smooth side up, and add a small portion of the rice in the center. Then add some of the filling, then more rice on top of the filling. Do this for each leaf.
Wrap the lotus leaf around the filling like you were wrapping a package. Place the packages in the steamer, flap side down, and steam for 20-25 min. Let cool and then enjoy.

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