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How to Eat Thai Sticky Rice (and Why You Should!) –

July 13, 2020
IN Thai Cuisine

When learning how to eat Thai sticky rice there is more than meets the eye. 

You might be thinking, “Can’t I just use a fork?” Although it’s common to eat sticky rice like anything else, it’s not always how you should. 

Sticky rice develops a glue-like texture when it’s cooked. Its sticky nature comes from the levels of starch in the rice. Without starch, the rice turns into a sticky yet savory consistency. 

In Southeast Asia, sticky rice has been grown for over 4,000 years. It’s not only a part of the meals, but it’s infused with the culture.

Here are delicious ways you can eat sticky rice!

1. Roll and Dip

The most common way to eat sticky rice is by rolling and dipping. 

Grab a generous amount of rice with your hands and massage it into a cylindrical shape or ball big enough for several mouthfuls. Break off each serving by hand and flatten the rice before dipping. 

Once you’ve rolled out the ball, dip the sticky rice into your favorite sauce or soup. 

2. Mango Sticky Rice

If you’re looking for savory and sweet sticky rice, pairing it with mango is a great way to go. 

In order to get the most out of this meal, you’ll want a dessert-style drizzle made from sugar, salt, and coconut milk. This mixture is spread across the mangos and sticky rice. 

Eating this meal is different than hand rolling techniques. To get all the components of the meal, consider using a fork or additional eating utensil. 

3. Shanghai Shao Dumplings

Dumplings can pack a ton of flavor into each bite. 

Shanghai Shao Dumplings bulk up white sticky rice with additional Chinese pork and other delicious sauces/toppings. The dumplings are best served with a side of chili or soy sauce for dipping. 

They take around 35 minutes to cook and make for a great appetizer.

4. Fried Sticky Rice Cakes

Similar to normal rice cakes, sticky rice cakes are a great accompaniment to grilled chicken or roasted duck. 

This doesn’t mean they can’t be served solo. Pair a sticky rice cake with sugar or icing and turn a 20-minute treat into a delicious and easy meal. This meal is most popular in Vietnam and another great way to eat Thai sticky rice. 

5. Peanut Sticky Rice

This may seem a bit peculiar at first, but sticky rice and peanuts are a great pair. 

Best served with the coconut milk drizzle we mentioned earlier, simmer some peanuts to eat with your sticky rice. For a little extra, consider putting shredded coconut, crushed peanuts, and sesame seeds to elevate your tastebuds. 

That’s How to Eat Thai Sticky Rice!

If you’re in the mood for different ways to eat Thai sticky rice, Thai Ginger has a few delicious options. 

With a side of mangos, standing alone, or paired with a delicious protein source, we have the best Thai food Seattle has to offer. Take a minute to look at our menu. We have something for everyone. 

Enjoy an amazing culinary experience. Try new dishes, or enjoy a reliable favorite. Are you ready to order? Visit our menu and use the “Order Now” button for your next meal.

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