Thursday, November 5, 2015

Xoi Nep Than (Vietnamese Steamed Black Sticky Rice ) Recipe

Xoi Nep Than (Vietnamese Steamed Black Sticky Rice )

2 cups Sweet Rice
2 cups Black Sweet Rice
3/4 cup Mung Bean
1 Brown Coconut
2 cups Warm Water
Kosher Salt
Banana Leaves

In a large bowl mix 2 cups Sweet Rice and 2 cups Black Sweet Rice. Rinse the sweet rice until the water looks clear.  Soak it in water overnight.
Soak 3/4 cup Mung Bean for at least 4 hours. The next day after soaking it overnight it should look like this.
Drain out the water and let it air dry for about 15 minutes.
Crack open 1 Brown Coconut.  Scrape the meat to make shreds of coconut to use as topping. Use the other half to make the coconut milk. Put them in separate bowls.
Pour in 1 cup warm water into the bowl you going to use to make coconut milk. Use a spoon, mix.
Pour the coconut milk into a bowl, you should have about 3/4 cup Coconut Milk.
Now pour in another 1 cup warm water into the bowl again.  Mix.
 After 4 hours of soaking the Mung Bean, rinse and drain out the water.  Put it into a sauce pan,
Using a strainer, strain the coconut milk to make sure no coconut meat goes into the mung bean. It should be about 3/4 cup. Cook on medium heat, add in a pinch of Kosher Salt.
Mix let it cook. When it becomes soft, use a back of a spoon the smash it into a paste.
Then remove from heat and set aside.

Put the sweet rice in a large bowl, pour in about 1/4 cup Coconut Milk.  Mix and let it sit for about 5 minutes.
Put a layer of Banana Leaves in your steamer and have your steamer ready.
After 5 minutes, pour in the Sweet Rice. Since it's 4 cups of sweet rice, it's best to split it in half and steam two times.
You should have about 1/2 cup coconut Milk left. Mix in 2 Tbsp. of Sugar to drizzle onto the sweet rice when steaming.
Steam for about 25-30 minutes and remember to drizzle coconut mixture every 10 minutes.
If you decide to steam all of it at once and not split it half to steam twice, steaming time will take longer.

Toast some Peanuts and Sesame, then pound it using a mortar. Mix in some Sugar and a pinch of Salt. Use for topping. Once you're done steaming, scoop onto a plate.
Put some Mung Bean Paste on top. Add on some Coconut Shreds, sprinkle some of the Peanuts and Sesame mixture.

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