Savory Steamed Glutinous Rice

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Savory Steamed Glutinous Rice

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Lo Mai Fun (Savory Steamed Glutinous Rice) as this dish is known in Malaysia, is a popular street food breakfast. Steamed in large trays and topped with cooked dried shrimps and shallots, chopped peanuts, sliced green onions, and chilies, it is considered the simple cousin of the dim sum favorite, Lo Mai Gai (Steamed Glutinous Rice with Chicken) made in individual bowls. This dish can certainly be made vegetarian by omitting the dried shrimps.

Savory Steamed Glutinous Rice

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Savory Steamed Glutinous Rice


  • 2 cups (400g) glutinous rice, soaked for at least 4 hours or overnight
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp five spiced powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1¼ cups (300ml) water
  • Toppings
  • ¼ cup (30g) dried shrimps
  • 1 onion or 6 shallots, finely sliced
  • ¼ cup (35g)toasted peanuts, chopped
  • 5 to 6 green onions, finely sliced
  • 2 red Anaheim chilies, seeded and sliced
  • ¼ cup (60ml) canola oil


Rinse and drain dried shrimps. Soak in hot water for 10 minutes. Drain and give shrimps a rough chop.

In a medium sized pan, heat oil. Fry onions or shallots until brown and crispy. Remove with a slotted spatula. Add chopped dried shrimps and fry till crispy. Again remove with slotted spatula. Set aside.

Place a metal rack in the center of wok. Fill with about 1½ inches of water. Bring to a boil.

Rinse and drain soaked glutinous rice. Transfer rice to a heatproof dish. Add sesame oil, five spice powder, salt and water. Transfer dish to wok, place a dome lid on, and steam for 15 minutes. Remove lid, fluff rice with fork. Cover and steam for another 5 minutes. Remove from wok and allow the rice to cool for 10 minutes.

Sprinkle cooked dried shrimps and onions, peanuts, green onions, and chilies onto rice.

Serve immediately.

Savory Steamed Glutinous Rice

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8-)