Mango & Sticky Rice ข้าวเหนียวมะม่วง

When I was at BYU I had the opportunity to do a study abroad in Thailand for a few months, and while I was there, I fell in love with “Khao Niew Mamuang.” I’m not sure if I loved it so much because it was the BEST dessert they had in Thailand, or because it was the ONLY dessert they seemed to have in Thailand… but either way, it was awesome, and I probably ate way too much of it! My room-mate and I would go to the night-market quite regularly, and it was always served best out of plastic containers from the street vendors there.

Tonight was the first time I have had mango and sticky rice since I was in Thailand, but I remember it tasting EXACTLY the same as it did from those street vendors I loved so much! I found the recipe on a cute Thai cooking Blog, and it was such a perfect recipe, I just couldn’t wait to write up to have on hand forever, and of course, share it with all of you! I know I say this ALL the time, but I really could eat this every day and be quite content! It’s amazing.

Here it is:
1 1/2 cups thai sweet rice (sticky rice)
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
6 Tablespoons white sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 or 3 ripe mangoes
toasted sesame seeds

Soak the sticky rice in a bowl of water for about 8 hours. Steam it in a Thai rice steamer for about 40 minutes, until the grains are soft and translucent. (To do this, you can follow the link above, or just put 6-8 cups of water in a pot, wrap the rice in a cloth and put it in the basket, then place the basket over the pot of steaming water on medium heat). While the rice is steaming, mix the coconut milk, salt, and sugar over medium heat until the mixture is smooth. Reserve 2 Tablespoons of this sauce for later. Once the rice is done, add it in sections to the coconut milk sauce. Allow the rice to soak up the coconut sauce.

Slice a ripe mango and arrange next to, or on top of, the sticky rice. Spoon the reserved coconut sauce on top and garnish with toasted sesame seeds.

I can’t believe I have never tried making this before today!!! But now I know how, I am one happy girl…. and probably soon to be, one chunky monkey! P.S. I asked my husband how to prepare a mango (since he ate them daily while he lived in Brazil on his mission), and he told me: “monkeys peel the skins off with their hands.” I’m not sure, but I think he was implying something….

So cheeky! Enjoy as always!
<3 Sarah