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Jan 25, 2009 07:03 AM

ISO sticky rice with preserved meat and dried shrimp

Usually called "sang chow lo mai fan" (I think) and served in an inverted glass bowl on a small plate, this dish when prepared properly is one of my favourite comfort foods.

It is sometimes available at Dim Sum places but if it sits on the cart too long gets cold and dry and unpleasant (Forestview) or is way too greasy (Congee Star).

Dynasty on Bloor did one which was pretty good though expensive and a bit plain, I thought.
Dragon Dynasty had a good one but quite expensive and I live downtown.

It is easy and really cheap to make but I no longer have access to a gas wok ring and my medium sized wok won't fit on the hottest burner on my electric stove :(

Hoping to find something downtown but willing to travel.

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  1. They serve it on the 2nd floor of pacific mall - sharkfin city takeout counter. Not sure about downtown.

    1. Great version at Grand. A bit pricier than your average dim sum-sized portioning, but there is enough for 3-4 small bowls. It's made to order so you won't have a problem with it sitting out too long. It is presented in a nice bamboo steamer, though it is created in a wok - nice wok hay as well. Flavour is excellent and the quality of ingredients going in it are also very high. The dish is about $10. Good thing is the rest of the dim sum is great as well while you're there noshing on sticky rice.

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      Cheers and good luck in your search.

      2 Replies
      1. re: BokChoi

        Thanks BokChoi.
        I knew I could count on you to come up with a great suggestion, you are a great CH resource.

        And Happy New Year too!

        1. re: garlicandwingnut

          You are very welcome garlicandwingnut. Glad I could be of some assistance in your quest. I tried another one recently at Ruby at my usual lunch spot and it was quite bad unfortunately. Nothing else has come to mind yet - hope you get to try it out. Let me know how it goes. Thanks for the compliment again.