• Ingredients: 26
  • Serves: 6

Khao niaw (sticky rice) with uncooked thai sticky rice.



Rice and Assembly:

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 corn tortillas, torn into 1″ pcs.
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, with seeds, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 3 large eggs, beaten to blend
  • 3 cups cooled cooked jasmine rice
  • 2 ounces cheddar, cut into 1/4″ pcs.
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves with tender stems
  • Hot sauce
  • MSG

sugar-pecan topping

cinnamon-sugar filling

The alioli

To serve:

  • Special equipment: Blender; spaetzle maker, food mill, or colander


  1. Step 1 Put the sticky rice in a large bowl and add enough tepid tap water to cover by an inch or two. Let it soak for at least 4 hours or up to 10 hours (as long as it’s not very hot in your kitchen; if you’re in a hurry, you can get away with soaking it in hot tap water for as little as 2 hours).

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  2. Step 2 Pour off the soaking water. Put the rice in a fine-mesh strainer set inside a large bowl. Fill the bowl with enough cool tap water to cover the rice by an inch or two.

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  3. Step 3 Use your hand to gently stir the rice, then lift the strainer from the bowl. The water in the bowl will be cloudy from the rice starch.

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  4. Step 4 Empty the water, set the strainer in the bowl again, and repeat the process until the water is, more or less, clear.
  5. Step 5 Pour enough water into the sticky rice steamer pot to reach a depth of about 2 inches. Bring it to a boil over high heat.

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  6. Step 6 Either add the rice to the mesh bag and put the bag in the basket or line the woven steamer basket with two layers of damp cheesecloth and dump the rice onto the cheesecloth.

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  7. Step 7 Fold the bag or cheesecloth so it covers the rice, pat the bundle so the rice is in a more or less even layer, and cover with a pot lid or clean, damp kitchen cloth, tucking it around the bundle.

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  8. Step 8 Decrease the heat slightly to maintain a steady but not furious boil and set the basket into the pot.
  9. Step 9 Cook until the grains are fully tender but still chewy (almost springy) and definitely not mushy, about 15 minutes.
  10. Step 10 Transfer the rice to a small cooler or large bowl covered with a plate. Wait about 15 minutes before digging in.

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  11. Step 11 You can successfully reheat leftover sticky rice; cover and microwave on low, then eat it right away.

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