Steamed Glutinous/Sticky Rice Dimsum with Chicken, Abalone, Salted Egg Yolk and Mushrooms Stuffing in Lotus Leaves Wrap(Lo Mai Gai/nuòmǐ jī)

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Lo Mai Gai Steamed Glutinous Rice in Lotus Leaf Recipe

Lo mai gai (Cantonese), nuòmǐ jī in (Mandarin) is a one of the chinese dim sum fest. Lo mai gai is actually steamed sticky or glutinous rice with chicken stuffing in lotus leaf wrap. The sticky or glutinous rice is pre-steamed or preboiled before wrapped in lotus leaf and steamed. General stuffing for lo mai gai is chicken, pork, chinese sausage or lap cheong, abalone, dried scallop or conpoy, mushrooms, and finely chopped dried shrimp. The dried lotus leaf is sumberged in hot water first to get soften,  patted dry and then applied some oil on the surface to prevent the glutinous rice is sticking.

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Lotus Leaf Wrapped Sticky Glutinous Rice Recipe (Lo Mai Gai)

In Indonesia, we used to called lo mak gai as lomak kai. Typical stuffing for lo mai gai in Indonesia is actually the same with the general type, but we used to add roasted pork chunk and salted egg yolk. Fot a speciall occasion, some restaurant added some rehydrated dried abalone and sea cucumber too. The stuffing is generally sauteed first, but because my grandmother ask me to not sauteed it first then i did’t. She insist that the juice of the chicken that driven off while steaming is watering the glutinous rice and given the nice flavour too. For a pregnant or newly giving birth mother, local chinese descent pour the Brand’s Essence of Chicken before steaming to give a nutrition and gaining their appetite.

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Recipe Chinese Lo Mai Gai Sticky Glutinous Rice in Lotys Leaves Wrap Racipe

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My own plates of lo mai gai dimsum fest !

Lo mai gai is not as popular as Kuo Tie/Jiaozi/Gyoza or siu may in Indonesia since lotus leaf is not common ingredient in Indonesian kitchen. We used to use banana leaf insead lotus leaf. You can got this totus leaf in chinese grocelries nearby for about 1- 1,5 $ each. Lotus leaf give a nice aromas to any rice and savory dishes that;s why this is suits for wrapping steamed chicken and sticky rice. In the other hand, banana leaves give a sweet hint aromas and i think this is suits for wrapping any seafood and sweet bites. But actually you can used the banana leaf or even taro leaf to substitude the lotus leaf.

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lo mai gai (steamed sticky rice) dim sum stuffing: chicken, abalone, mushrooms, sausage, lotus seed, salted egg yolk and dried shrimp


  • 1 lotus leaf, cut in half (mine is too small to wrap in half), soaked in
  • 1  cup glutinous rice or sticky rice
  • 1 boneless kampong/malay chicken breast
  • 1 tbsp dried shrimp, soaked, finely chopped
  • 2 dried hioko/chinese mushrooms, soaked, chopped
  • 1 dried woodear mushroom, soaked, chopped
  • 1 salted duck egg yolk
  • 3 salted quail egg yolk
  • 30 gr dried lotus seed, soaked
  • 1 chinese sausage/ lap cheung( i use 3 tiny Meica turkey sausage)
  • 2 small processed / rehydrated dried abalone, cut in half
  • 1 tbsp angciu/ chinese rice wine
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped ( half for marinade and the rest for the stuffing)
  • 1/2 tsp szechuan peppercorn, toasted, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • salt to taste
  • freshly grounded black pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cup water for boiling the sticky rice
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk for boiling the sticky rice (my personal touch)
  • 1/4 cup water/chicken stock/ Brand’s essence of chicken for pouring the sticky rice


  • Mix the chicken with oyter sauce, szechuan peppercorn, soy sauce, salt, pepper and rice wine, salt, pepper and sesame oil, let it marinade overnight.
  • Firstly in the next morning, toasted the sticky rice until pale brown, washed in running tab water and soaked about 30 minutes, drain
  • In heavy bottom sauce pan, boil the water and coconut milk, season with salt and peppe and put the rice into the pan
  • Stir occationally, let it boil again and simmer until the liquid evaporated with medium flame and DO NOT STIR the mixture
  • Turn off the heat and set aside
  • Sauteed 1 tbsp chopped garlic and dried shrip until browned, set aside
  • Mix the marinated chicken breast with sauteed garlic, mushrooms and lotus seed
  • Meanwhile, pat dry the lotus leaf and apply some oil to the surface
  • Put half amount of the sticky rice, make a circle hole in the middle
  • Put the salted duck yolk in the middle hole and arrange the sausage and the abalone surrond it
  • Put the marinated chicken mixture in the middle until covering the salted egg yolk

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  • Add the remining glutinous or sticky rice to cover the stuffing

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  • Pour the chicken stock/Brand’s essence of chicken over the sticky rice
  • Wrap the lotus leaves just like you make an envelope

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  • Tide up the lotus parcell with butcher twines

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  • Steam over heat heat for about 40 minutes, adjust the water for boiling the lo mk gai

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  • Open the lotus wrapper and add chopped chilli, scallion and garlic chives

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Dimsum Recipe: Steamed Glutinous/ Sticky Rice Roll with Chicken & Mushroom Filling ala Dentist Chef

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Glutinous rice /sticky rice (Oryza sativa var. glutinosa or Oryza glutinosa; also called sweet rice, waxy rice, botan rice, biroin chal, mochi rice, and pearl rice, and pulut) is a type of Asian rice that is especially sticky when cooked. It is called glutinous (< Latin glūtinōsus)in the sense of being glue-like or sticky and not in the sense of containing gluten. While called “sticky”, it is not to be confused with the other varieties of Asian rice, which become sticky to one degree or another when cooked. Glutinous rice does not contain dietary gluten (i.e. does not contain glutenin and gliadin), and should be safe for gluten-free diets. It is distinguished from other types of rice by having no (or negligible amounts of) amylose, and high amounts of amylopectin (those are the two components of starch). Amylopectin is responsible for the sticky quality of glutinous rice. The difference has been traced to a single mutation that was selected for by farmers.

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Glutinous rice can be used either milled or unmilled (that is, with the bran removed or not removed). Milled glutinous rice is white in color and fully opaque (unlike non-glutinous rice varieties, which are somewhat translucent when raw), whereas the bran can give unmilled glutinous rice a purple or black color. Black and purple glutinous rice are distinct strains from white glutinous rice. In developing Asia, there is little regulation. Governments have issued advisories about toxic dyes being added to color adulterated rice. Both black and white glutinous rice can be cooked as grains or ground into flour and cooked as a paste or gel.

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In Indonesia, there is a popular dish called lemper. Lemper is cooked glutinous rice with shredded meat inside and wrapped in banana leaves, popular in Java. The Chinese dish, nuòmǐ fàn (糯米飯), is steamed glutinous rice usually cooked with Chinese sausage, chopped Chinese mushrooms, chopped barbecue pork and optionally dried shrimp or scallop (recipe varies depending on the cook’s preference). Zongzi (Traditional Chinese 糭子/糉子, Simplified Chinese 粽子) is a Chinese dumpling consisting of glutinous rice and sweet or savory fillings wrapped in leaves, which is then boiled or steamed, commonly eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival. No mai gai (糯米雞) is a dim sum dish consisting of steamed glutinous rice with chicken in a lotus-leaf wrap and steamed. It is served as a dim sum dish in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Recipe Steamed Glutinous/ Sticky Rice Roll with Chicken & Mushroom Filling :


1 cup sticky rice, soaked overnight, drained, set aside

1/2 cup coconut oil

salt n pepper to taste

1/2 cup sesame seed, toasted until nice golden brown

1 banana leaf, cut 20 cm long, toasted on hot skillet until soften enough to rolled it out.


  • 1o0 gr grounded chicken
  • 50 gr woodear mushroom, sliced thinly
  • 50 gr shiitake mushroom, sliced thinly
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1/2 tsp chopped red chilli
  • 1/2 tbsp finely chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp mushroom soy sauce
  • 1 tsp chinese wine/ angciu
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

How To Make Steamed Glutinous/ Sticky Rice Roll with Chicken & Mushroom Filling Recipe:

  • Boil coconut milk and add salt & pepper, put the sticky rice in the boiling coconut milk and stirring constantly until all the liquid absorbed.
  • Put the rice in a bowl, set aside. Meanwhile mix all the  filling ingredient
  • Put the banana leaf in your work surface, applied sticky rice on banana leaf and fhe filling in the center

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  • Roll the banana to make fine cillinder tube. Thigh up the banana leaf  and steam the tube for about 30-45 minutes until cooked through

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  • Before serving, open up the banan leaf and roll up the sticky rice dumpling on the sesame seed to cover all the surface

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  • Cut into bite size, serve immediately

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