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Savory Chicken and Rice in a Lotus Leaf (China)

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Category: Poultry, Chinese

 Ingredients List

  • 8 lg Dried lotus leaves
  • 1 c Long-grain rice
  • 3/4 c Sweet glutinous rice (see
  • -Note)
  • 2 c Chicken stock
  • 3 Chinese sausages lop
  • -cheong) *
  • 8 Chinese dried black
  • -mushrooms **
  • 2 tb Small dried shrimp ***
  • 1 Whole chicken breast, boned
  • -and skinned
  • 2 tb Soy sauce, plus more for
  • -dipping
  • 1 ts Sugar
  • 1/4 ts White pepper
  • 1 ts Asian sesame oil


1/2 ts Grated ginger
2 ts Soy sauce
2 ts Dry vermouth or Shao Hsing
1/2 ts Sugar
1/4 ts White pepper
1 ts Asian sesame oil

* cut diagonally into 1-inch slices ** soaked in warm water until
soft and pliable (about 30 minutes) *** soaked in warm water for 30

Foods wrapped in dried lotus leaves become infused with an exotic
earthy flavor. If lotus leaves are not available, you can wrap the
rice filling in oiled parchment. Besides being an unusual appetizer,
this dish can be served as a snack, for lunch, or as a light meal.
Note that the first step must be done the night before. Because
lotus leaves vary so much in size, eight packets may require anywhere
from four to ten leaves. (Larger leaves can be split in half, smaller
leaves may need to be overlapped.)

1. The night before, pour boiling water over the lotus leaves and
let them soak for 1 hour. Rinse and squeeze them dry. Mix the long-
grain and glutinous rice together in a large bowl. Wash the rice
under running cold water; gently stir and rub the grains between your
fingers to loosen all the excess starch. Continue until the water
runs clear. Drain thoroughly. Mix the rice with the chicken stock in
a 2-quart saucepan; soak overnight in the refrigerator.

2. The next day, set the saucepan of rice uncovered over high heat;
bring to a boil. Stir just enough to loosen the rice grains. Reduce
the heat to medium-high and boil until the liquid is absorbed, about
8 to 10 minutes. Put the sausages on top of the rice and cover the
pan. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 20 minutes. Turn off the
heat but do not remove the cover. Let the rice stand for 10 minutes,
then, with a wet wooden spoon, transfer it to a large bowl; set aside.

3. Squeeze the mushrooms dry. Cut off the stems at the base and
discard them; cut the caps in half. Combine the marinade ingredients
in a medium bowl. Cut the chicken breast into 3/4-inch chunks and
toss it with the marinade. Add the mushrooms and marinate for 20
minutes. Drain and coarsely chop the shrimp.

4. In a small bowl combine the soy sauce, sugar, white pepper, and
sesame oil; mix into the cooked rice. Add the chicken-mushroom
mixture and the shrimp.

5. Fold a lotus leaf in half and put it on a cutting board. If the
middle stem or edges are tough and hard, trim and discard them. (If
the leaves are small, you may need to over- lap halves.) Divide the
rice mixture into 8 portions; place one portion in the center of a
leaf half. Fold the edges over the rice to make a 4-inch square
packet. Tie it with twine. Repeat with the remaining leaves and
rice. Arrange the packets in a single layer in a bamboo steaming

6. Prepare a wok for steaming. Steam the packets over medium-high
heat for 20 minutes. Remove them from the steamer and cut each
packet across the top to expose its contents. Serve with small
dishes of soy sauce for dipping.

NOTE: Sweet glutinous rice is also known as "sticky rice" because
when it is cooked it becomes sticky. It is used to make poultry
stuffing and leaf-wrapped rice packages; it is called sweet rice
because it is often used to make sweet dishes. Soak it overnight
before cooking for the best results.

Makes 8 packets.

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