Smoked-Oyster Sticky Rice Stuffing in Lotus Leaf

180 mins (prep 45)
17 ingredients
makes 8 (side dish) servings
Beware—once you've had a few bites of this rice, you'll surely be back for seconds and thirds. Loaded with bits of treasure—smoked oysters, meaty mushrooms, Chinese sausage that tastes almost candied—the rice itself has an amazing chew that exemplifies the Chinese genius for varying textures in a meal. Though the lotus-leaf wrapping is optional, the rice gains a beguiling aroma, suggestive of tea, if you do use it—and the drama of unwrapping the stuffing at the table, like a lovely present, shouldn't be underestimated.

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  • 3 cups asian short-grain sticky ("sweet") rice (1 pound 6 ounces)
  • 12 chinese dried black mushrooms or dried shiitake mushrooms (1 1/2 inches in diameter; 3 ounces)
  • 2 cups boiling-hot water
  • 2 bunches scallions
  • 4 links chinese sweet sausage (also called lop chong)
  • 1/2 cup chinese rice wine, such as shaoxing, or medium-dry sherry
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon asian sesame oil
  • 3 dried lotus leaves (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon peanut or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts (1 ounce)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped peeled ginger
  • 2 (3-ounce) cans smoked oysters (about 1 cup), drained and coarsely chopped
  • equipment: a 10-inch (5-cup) deep-dish pie plate; a well-seasoned 14-inch flat-bottomed wok with a lid; 2 small metal or bamboo skewers; a collapsible steamer rack with center stem removed


Serving Size (72.36 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 10.85 Calories from Fat 0.18
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.02g 0.22%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0.17%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 209.17mg 69.72%
Total Carbohydrate 2.38g 6.35%
Dietary Fiber 0.07 g 2.13%
Sugars 1.94 g %
Protein 0.42g 6.76%
Vitamin A 0.0IU% Vitamin C 0.09mg%
Calcium 2.83mg% Iron 0.1mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
asian, dried black mushrooms, or, dried shiitake mushrooms, chinese rice wine, asian sesame oil, dried, peanut or vegetable oil, peeled, finely chopped, a