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Thai Sticky Rice (also known as "sweet rice" or "glutinous rice")

is a tasty, sweet rice that does a great job of filling the stomach--but be careful not to eat too much... According to Thai tradition sticky rice can put you fast asleep if more than a couple handfuls are eaten. It is meant to be formed into small balls that you make with your fingers. Then dip it in spicy sauce and let it soak up like a sponge. See recipes below for meals served with sticky rice, you can also use the steamer to prepare fish/vegetables. Sticky rice is enjoyed throughout Thailand and Laos, and is gaining popularity as more people come to know it's unique delicous taste--see us mentioned in New York Times Style Magazine. We're currently offering a low price for a convenient 5 lb bag of extremely high quality Aroy-D Thai sticky rice (always fresh stock), and you can purchase the essential cookware for about $20.00.

Note that Thai sticky is a particular variety of sweet rice, and you must not substitute other varieties with this method. We also offer Thai purple (black) sticky rice, and we have Thai jasmine rice. New: sugarcane and sticky rice cracker.

Method: Rinse rice 2-3 times, until water runs clear. Place rinsed rice in a bowl and fill with cool water so the water is approximately 2-3 inches above the rice (see Step 1). Let the rice stand in water for 6-8 hours. Drain the rice, place it in a cheesecloth, wrap it up and put the cheesecloth inside bamboo steamer. Put 6-8 cups of water in sticky rice steamer. Then place bamboo steamer inside sticky rice steamer (see step 2). Be sure the bottom of the bamboo steamer does not touch the boiling water. Place a standard 8 inch lid loosely over the top of the bamboo steamer (see Step 3). Now turn on the heat (Med/High) and steam the rice for 45 minutes (or until tender). Enjoy!

Cheesecloth: Many stores carry cheesecloth but it's expensive and the pieces are long strips only 5 inches high, which doesn't work very well for sticky rice. We now offer a nice large Thai cheesecloth for sticky rice prep, it's 23" x 20" and will last for years. Hint: after sticky rice is cooked remove from cheesecloth promptly.

The sticky rice pot and cheesecloth can also be used to make fresh handmade rice noodles.

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Uncooked sticky rice
Step 1: soak
Step 2: wrap
Step 3: cover, steam
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Sticky Rice, 5 lbs
Sticky Rice Steamer
Steaming Basket
Large Cheesecloth
Thailand
Made in Thailand
Made in Thailand
Made in Thailand
$11.75
$10.95
$5.95
$5.95
sticky rice kitKit (steamer, basket, cheesecloth, 5 lbs sticky rice), $27.95
Sticky rice should be served with the following authentic Thai recipes:
Thai Spicy Ground Chicken and Toasted Rice, "Larb Gai"
Thai Waterfall Beef, "Neua Nam Tok"
Thai Spicy Beef Salad, "Yum Neua"
Thai Fermented Sweet Rice Dessert, "Khao Mahk"
Thai Style Barbeque Chicken, "Gai Yaung"
Thai Style Barbeque Beef, "Seua Rong Hai"
Crystal Sticky Rice, "Khao Neow Keaw"
Thai Charcoal Broiled Beef in Hot - Sweet Sauce, "Neua Yang"
Lao Style Beef Salad, "Pra Neua"
Durian-flavored Sticky Rice in Coconut Milk
Northern Thai Style Sausage, "Sai Grok"
Thai Style Sushi, "Pla Kung"
Thai Spicy Seafood with Chili, "Pla Rad Prik"
Chicken Stuffed Sticky Rice, "Khao Niao Sod Sai Kai"
Thai Bananas in Sticky Rice, "Khao Tom Madt"
Fried Sticky Rice, "Kao Neeo Tod"
Sticky Rice with Mango, "Khao Neeo Mamuang"
Thai Sticky Rice Steeped in Coconut Milk, "Khao Neeo Moon"
sticky rice serving basket
Handwoven sticky rice serving baskets. Each set includes base and telescoping lid. 4 inch diameter, 4 inch height, attractive wood wrap base. Product of Thailand.

New Video: Sticky Rice Serving Basket
One set $5.95
Four sets $15.95
See a sidewalk vendor prepare Thai sticky rice. Here you can see her place soaked sticky rice directly into the basket, then cover it with a generous-sized cheesecloth over the sticky rice steaming pot (same as we offer, above). After it's been steamed for just 20 minutes, she places it on a tray and spreads it out to allow moisture to evaporate for a few minutes. Then she places it into a cooler for safekeeping. See all of our Thai sidewalk vendors here.
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New: Thai Sticky Rice Wood Paddle
When we made our Thai sticky rice street vendor video, some customers commented on the useful wooden paddle used by the chef to separate and knead the rice. We've imported some of these from Thailand, and we're pleasantly surprised at the nice size and overall quality of it.

The paddle can be used for all sorts of mixing of ingredients, and for those who just like to have a wood paddle around.

It's 16" long, handle has 7/8" diameter, and the paddle is 2.5" wide. Product of Thailand.
$5.89
We Recommend. Serve Thai sticky rice with any style of fried chicken, and a side dish of this sweet chile sauce. Outstanding combo! Product of Thailand. Another good sauce to eat with sticky rice is nam jim jeaw and Namprik Thai Tae.
$4.29, 10 oz x 1 bottle
$12.89, 32 oz (big size!) x 2 bottles

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August 21st, 2008 7:13 PM

Anonymous said:

Do you have to have those utinsals to make sticky rice, or can you just soak it in a bowl, wrap it around a wet cloth, and cook it in a pot????

September 1st, 2008 6:45 PM

charlene said:

my mother-in-law is vietnamese and she introduced me to sticky rice. i really enjoyed it the turkey loaf in foil. i am glad i found this web site.

September 10th, 2008 7:35 AM

Anonymous said:

Hi, I love your website! I really like sticky rice and am wondering how long the cooked rice keeps in the fridge and what should it be stored in?

September 28th, 2008 11:55 PM

jan said:

how much water do i need to put into the rice when cooking

October 7th, 2008 11:22 AM

Anonymous said:

Jan, since you're steaming the rice no water is actually added to the rice.

October 11th, 2008 6:53 PM

Nicole Carter-Saxton said:

I have been eating sticky rice amongst a lot of other Thai and Laos and I really really really enjoy all the dishes. I will try the above recipes real soon. Please add more. This website was really informing. Maybe add some soup recipes and noodle recipes please.

November 13th, 2008 9:26 AM

Fred P said:

Living in Thailand we eat Khai Nieow daily. My daughter is presenting her final portfolio at college in the form of a design for a Thai restaurant. She needed something to jazz up the presentation and wanted to prepare Sticky Rice with Mango, "Khao Neeo Mamuang" which she fell in love with when she visited us recently. Your site made it happen and your selection of ingredients makes it easy for us to tell her what to use to create certain dishes without going for the Western style substitutes. Thanks a lot!!!

December 11th, 2008 7:49 PM

Anonymous said:

My late sister-in-law was from Laos. She used to cook sticky rice almost identically as shown above. However, she later used a regular rice cooker. I remember that she did still rinse it multiple times and let it soak for at least fifteen minutes. At her funeral there were coolers where sticky rice had been pre-cooked and was there for days and still good. There were hundreds of people who were born in Laos there and many of them brought sticky rice and other unique Lao foods. Most of them stored the sticky rice in the coolers in single serving sized loafs wrapped in aluminum foil. Some of the people who joined the funeral in progress (not every body can take a week off work) brought sticky rice in weaved wood baskets still warm or cooked them there at the wat (spelling?). A Lao funeral lasts seven days and lots of food and water are involved. I came here looking for a place to buy sticky rice. I was hooked after the 50 pound bag that they gave me ran out and I went back to using normal rice.

January 2nd, 2009 8:54 PM

Kristin said:

i just recieved my sticky rice starter set today. i'm at work right now and i left the rice to soak... can't wait to get home and steam it! thanx for the video's they make things alot easier!!

January 4th, 2009 3:52 PM

Anonymous said:

do you have to have those things or can you just soak in a bowl, wrap it up in a cloth, put it in a stariner and steam it

March 20th, 2009 1:47 PM

Anonymous said:

Hello, My wife and I really like sticky rice. We try to prepare it ourselves and have medium success. Our main complaint is that when we cook it the result is a sort of dry version which is different than what we are served in a traditional Thai restaurant. Does the restaurant add another ingrediant to the rice to keep it soft and moist?

March 21st, 2009 11:29 AM

Isabelle said:

I went to a Thai festival in VA and had sticky rice with coconut sauce served with fresh mangos. That was so good! I found your website through Amazon and was really pleased to find a kit to make the sticky rice. The instructions are easy to follow and the rice cooked perfectly. (we added the coconut milk with some fresh mangos on the side) I would also like to praise on the variety of things that you have to offer in your website, along with your wonderful recipes. Thank you.

April 3rd, 2009 11:34 AM

Anonymous said:

I love this web-site. The instruction are so easy to understand and follow. I think I make the best sticky rice and Mango ever. My husband is Asian and I go to this page when he is asking me to cook a dish I am unsure of.

August 19th, 2009 4:54 PM

Graeme said:

My wife is Thai and makes the sticky rice in exactly the way that is described on your site. When we have it, it is usually with crumbed chicken wings, deep fried and a dipping sauce made of pounded garlic, chillis, fish sauce, lime juice and at the end a dash of boiling water- what ever that does I don't know but it works!

September 28th, 2009 3:43 PM

peggy wilson said:

My husband is diabetic and I am trying to lose weight. How is this rice on the 'good carb' scale?

September 29th, 2009 11:22 AM

Lynn said:

Can I use the sticky rice steamer to steam regular rice ?

October 21st, 2009 1:50 AM

Itneybay Dobson said:

This is a pretty good web site. I have enjoyed many dishes with Thai and Lao peoples, and this webiste is amazing!!

November 14th, 2009 1:04 PM

Anonymous said:

don't need to wrap with cheesecloth.me and my mom cook sticky rice we never use cheescloth and i never see people use cheesecloth.they use after they done cook for made them warn long.

December 7th, 2009 2:41 PM

brenda said:

i am mexican but i learn how to live with laos people, and i love it and also i love sticky rice. especially with the hot sauce.

December 8th, 2009 5:41 PM

Carolyn, Crooked Creek AK said:

I have to tell you, we had sticky rice (with my sticky rice setup I got from you folks) and a Thai noodle vege dish for supper tonight and it SO reminded us of last winter spent in Thailand..... We are sooo glad to do business with you and buy your yummy food! Your website is sooo very very helpful to a novice like me, and I've learned so much just from cruising the site! Take care, Thanks so much, Carolyn.

January 20th, 2010 2:30 PM

Tommy, La Mesa CA said:

Hi, I ordered from you guys a long time ago. I ordered the thai rice steamer. Great product, by the way. I've used it for many different things not just rice! Steaming Mexican Tamales in it was THE BEST!

February 1st, 2010 11:30 AM

ImportFood.com said:

We are now offering a new sweet snack made from Thai sticky rice, see details here.

February 27th, 2010 1:10 PM

Rick Durham said:

Best rice I ever ate! Top quality.....really like the one-click tracking. I'm a regular customer now!

April 17th, 2010 3:53 PM

Barbara said:

I learned this dish from friends years ago. I make my own sauce to dip it in. It even tastes great with cheese sauce. I just use a rice steamer which works well. My whole family loves this dish.

June 12th, 2010 11:26 PM

Eileen said:

Ordering the sticky rice set now. I'm a rice fanatic (sans Uncle Ben's, Minute Rice, etc - guess that means I'm a rice fanatic and a rice snob). Got hooked on rice thirty years ago when I was first married and living in a University town with lots of Iranian soccer players. Learned how to make Persian rice, Polow with tah-dig, from one of the player's wife. Never looked at a converted grain again. This will be my first foray into Thai style rice. Glad I happened upon this site.

June 6th, 2010 12:55 PM

Kim said:

Yrs back, I had a friend who was from Laos. She made sticky rice every single day, and chicken which I believe had "fish sauce" on it before it was baked...would that be correct? Anyway, my kids and I were hooked on sticky rice from the very word "get-go". Everyone thinks I just take rice and steam it...have to tell them that this is not true and have to prove it to them! It's awesome with soy sauce!

July 15th, 2010 1:31 PM

RQ said:

I just want you to know that I purchased the steamer, basket, cheesecloth and immediately tried your sticky rice with mango recipe after receiving my order. I've tried cooking sticky rice using other methods but this was by far the most successful and really, truly, idiot-proof! I was very skeptical about cooking the rice in the cheesecloth thinking it would stick all over the place but I figured you know best. It didn't stick and everything turned out ALMOST perfect! I say almost because while the texture was absolutely perfect - just like in restaurants - it was too sweet for my taste. I'll need to reduce the sugar for the next batch and then it will be TOTALLY PERFECT! Can you tell I'm happy? My grandchildren LOVE sweet sticky rice and now I can make it for them without breaking the bank! Thank you for bringing a little of Thailand into my home - I love your site!

July 17th, 2010 1:58 PM

katherine said:

i love sticky rice my husband did not know about it i cook it and he loves it everyone loves it very good yummy

January 4th, 2011 9:11 AM

Terrence M. Purnell said:

My interest in glutinous rice is based upon the desirable potassium and phosporous in the product. It could be a life saver for my chronic kidney disease. Please provide information on the detailed characteristics of the rice. Please help provide this information. Thank You

February 15th, 2011 12:20 PM

Jim said:

I made sticky rice with four dipping sauces, served it to guests. They were fascinated with the rice and sauces. Could have made a meal of just the rice and sauces.

March 15th, 2011 10:17 AM

Cassie said:

I love this kit! I tried making Sticky Rice without this kit and it would not cook properly. The only question I have is how do you clean the cheese cloth afterwards, so you can keep reusing it?

June 24th, 2011 2:43 AM

Anonymous said:

Once you've had it in Isan . . . Not easy to live without.



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