Ice Cream Sticky Rice sounds weird, but don't knock it until you try it!
Rice and Ice cream seem like a strange combination. But trust me, it works really well! The sweetness of the ice cream perfectly complements the warmth and chewiness of the rice, makes me want to drool every time I think of it!
When I was in high school in Hanoi, there was a shop that sells this dish and I used to go there with my friends all the time. The owner of the shop is an immigrant from Thailand who built the shop more than 10 years ago. Now they still sell it at the same price of 15,000 VND (~0,5€). Even after living abroad for few years, I still go to the same store every time I go home to visit my family. As I cannot go home this year due to the pandemic this year, recreating this dish brings me back home and fills me up with nostalgia and memories of my youth.
Below is my version of the dish. I have tried this recipe a couple of times to share with you the closest recipe to the original.
The sticky rice is super creamy, full of pandan and coconut flavor that just melts in your mouth. It uses glutinous rice and soaks it in the pandan liquid for at least 4 hours. This will allow the rice to absorb the green color and pandan flavor, at the same time reducing the cooking time. You can get pandan leaves and glutinous rice in most Asian supermarkets.
Cooking the glutinous rice
When making this recipe, you can use either a rice cooker or a steamer. Since the rice has been soaked, you just need to use enough coconut milk to cover the surface of the rice.
I hope you give this one a try and let me know what you think!Print