For this week's recipe, I convinced my mom to share something that is uniquely Singaporean in flavor, easy to prepare, and with ingredients that are fairly easy to locate in the US.
She decided that she'd cook some glutinous rice. This dish is a true Singaporean classic. It's also a one-dish wonder that you can have for either breakfast, lunch, or dinner. In Chinese, this dish is called "nuo mi fan."
16oz glutinous rice (also known as sweet rice or sticky rice)
3 cups water
5 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked to rehydrate and then sliced thinly
1/4 cup of dried shrimps (you can find these at Asian grocery stores)
1/4 cup raw peanuts
1 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 of a shallot, sliced thinly
salt and pepper, to taste
Soak rice overnight; rinse and drain well.
Deep fry shallots until crispy (watch your heat!); remove and set aside.
Heat 2 tbsp oil and fry mushrooms, dried shrimps, and peanuts; remove and set aside.
Mix drained rice with 3 tbsp oil, 1 tbsp light soy sauce, 1/2 tbsp sugar, and some salt.
Bring 3 cups of water to a boil, add rice and bring it back to a gentle simmer.
Cover the pot and turn the heat down to low and simmer for 30 minutes or until rice is soft.
Combine rice, mushroom mixture, and fried shallots.
I hope you enjoy this recipe. When in Singapore, eat as the Singaporeans eat, and cook as the Singaporeans do! :)