Name that filling!
- DaveCook May 14, 2012 01:53 PM
Recently, at the windowside table of a Chinatown bakery, I bought two greenish glutinous objects. One, marked with a red dot, contained sweetened sticky rice. The other, which I bit into only after a lengthy walk, is shown below; it was sweet, too, but I couldn't identify the slawlike, somewhat crunchy filling. Can you? Thanks in advance.
Holy nostalgia. They were one of my favorite snacks growing up as a young child in Taiwan. I remember my nanny would buy them after going to the market, and they'd be wrapped in a bit of plastic wrap.
According to Google, it comes from Hakka cuisine, and classified as a sticky rice dumpling. The outside is flavored with mugwort and sweetened. The savory filling includes shredded dried radish, mushrooms, pork, maybe also onion, dried shrimp. In other words, maximum umami.