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Vietnamese Red Sticky Rice

Vietnamese Red Sticky Rice (Xôi Gấc)

  • Author: Veggie Anh
  • Total Time: 4 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Vietnamese Red Sticky Rice (Xôi Gấc) is a type of sticky rice made from Gac fruit, typically served on Lunar New Year. It's savory and sweet, making it perfect to enjoy with other savory side dishes.


Units Scale
  • 200g glutinous rice
  • 100g gac fruit seeds
  • 2 tbsp rice wine
  • 100ml coconut milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar


  1. Soak the glutinous rice in plenty of water for 4 hours or overnight. When you are ready to make the dish, drain and rinse the rice under cold water.
  2. If using fresh Gac fruit: Place the gac fruit seeds in a bowl, and add the rice wine. Use your hands, a spoon or chopsticks to stir and beat the gac fruit for 3-5 minutes, or until the red arils are extracted and expose a red paste.
    If using frozen Gac paste: defrost the paste, then add to a bowl and mix with rice wine.
  3. Add the glutinous rice to the red paste. Stir well to combine thoroughly.
  4. Transfer the rice to a steamer basket and steam for 15-20 minutes. Then open the lid, add coconut milk, salt, and sugar, and mix together.
  5. Close the lid and steam for an additional 5-10 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Soaking time: 4 hours
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Steaming
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

Keywords: sticky rice, red paste, gac fruit, vegan, lunar new year

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