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Thai sticky sweet rice - need to rinse?

Dlish Apr 26, 2008 06:54 PM

I just bought some Thai sweet rice and it is soaking right now....do I need to rinse it before I steam it? I rinse Japanese rice, unless it's musenmai, but all of the Thai recipes I have looked at never mention whether I need to take this step or not. TIA!

  1. saltwater Apr 27, 2008 12:54 PM

    Soak, 4 hours or overnight is good. Then drain. I never rinse. Then steam over water. YUM. My favorite rice. I eat it plain (as in, totally plain, no salt, nothing).

    1. cee Apr 27, 2008 08:41 AM

      soak 2 hours to overnight, no need to rinse (soaking cleans it enough)

      1. c
        ccqueen Apr 26, 2008 08:02 PM

        growing up in a thai household, my mom taught me to soak at least an hour, preferably overnight. no need to rinse.

        1. b
          bear Apr 26, 2008 07:04 PM

          Well, coincidentally I just finished steaming some long-grain Thai sweet rice to make sticky mango coconut rice. I soaked it for a few hours, and then stuck it in my stainless steel double-boiler style steamer for about 30 minutes over gently boiling water. I didn't rinse it, and I do always rinse basmati and jasmine before cooking. It came out perfectly.

          Hopefully someone with more experience will chime in, since this was my first experience with Thai rice.

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          1. re: bear
            Dlish Apr 26, 2008 07:37 PM

            That's exactly what I'm making! All the recipes for it said to soak it. Glad to know it came out perfectly without rinsing.

            1. re: Dlish
              Sam Fujisaka Apr 26, 2008 08:00 PM

              Sorry, soaking is a good thing. Rinsing is not necessary. When I'm pressed and can't soak, I add an extra splash of water and couple of minutes more steaming time (very rough estimates). Whatever you're comfortable with. Each batch of Thai glutinous rice needs a bit of adjustment in any case.

              1. re: Dlish
                yayadave Apr 27, 2008 02:09 PM

                Are you folks making Mango Sticky Rice from The Sweet Spot? I've been looking at that recipe and wonder if you could comment on it if that's the one?.

              2. re: bear
                choctastic Apr 27, 2008 02:11 PM

                Hehe, so you tried that recipe from epicurious? hehe.

                I made a batch of sticky rice yesterday. I rinsed for the first time before steaming it. Didn't notice a difference. So yeah, just soak the rice, like bear said.

                1. re: choctastic
                  bear Apr 28, 2008 08:05 AM

                  Hey, chocotastic, I did try the epicurious recipe, and it was awesome. I think what I loved the most was the slight saltiness contrasting the sweetness of the coconut cream. It was very easy, and a real bargain compared to getting it out. I think I actually preferred the epicurious version over the restaurant version, and it is great to be able to add as much coconut as you want. My son also loved it. Thanks for the post! (I actually had posted on the "I never make..." thread after I made it.)


                  1. re: bear
                    choctastic Apr 28, 2008 10:32 AM

                    Ah I saw the post and responded. Glad you liked it! Yeah, I prefer it over most restaurant versions as well, for the same reason.

              3. Sam Fujisaka Apr 26, 2008 07:00 PM

                No real need to soak or rinse.

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                1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                  Dlish Apr 26, 2008 07:37 PM

                  Have you had good results witht the Thai sweet rice without soaking? When I use Japanese mochi-gome I soak that overnight.

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