Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Xoi Vi (Sticky Rice Cake with Anise)

Xoi Vi (Sticky Rice Cake with Anise)
2 cups Sweet Rice
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Coconut Milk
1/4 cup Sesame Seeds
Star Anise
1/2 cup Mung Bean (Optional)
Banana Leaves
Rinse 2 cups of Sweet Rice.  Then soak it in water overnight. The next day add a pinch of Salt and mix.
Soak it in water for another 15 minutes. Drain out the water and let the Sweet Rice air day for a few minutes.
Soak 1/2 cup Mung Bean for at least four hours.  Rinse it a few times, add in enough water that it covers the Mung Bean.
Add in a pinch of Salt.  Let it cook until it absorbed all the water. Remove from heat and set aside.
Have your Sesame Seeds and Anise Cloves ready.  Roast the Sesame Seeds until slightly brown.  Remove from heat and set aside.
Then roast the Star Anise, remove from heat.  Put in a mortar and pound until it becomes a powder.  Then set aside. You need about 1/2 tsp. of Anise Powder.
Place some Banana Leaves in your steamer. Pour in the Sweet Rice and Mung Bean.  Mix together and steam until cooked.
Remove from steamer and set aside.  Have all your ingredients ready.  Pour the cooked Sticky Rice into a large pan. Using medium-low heat, add 1 cup Sugar.
Add 1 cup Coconut Milk. Mix well. Then add in 1/2 tsp. Anise Powder. Mix for a few minutes and remove from heat.
Let it cool for about 10 minutes. While you let it cool, spread some oil onto a baking pan.  You can put some plastic wrap inside your baking pan.  It'll make it easier to remove the cake out of the pan later on.
Put in the Sticky Rice. Flatten it and sprinkle some Sesame Seed on top.  Let cool completely.  Cut it into pieces to serve.

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