Nyonya Rice Dumplings

Ingredients :
  • 100g dried mushrooms
  • 300g lean pork
  • 1kg glutinous rice
  • 3 tbsp stir-fried garlic
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp garlic (sliced)
  • 2 tbsp shallots (sliced)
  • 100g diced preserved winter melon
  • 20 pieces pandan leaves (or 40 bamboo leaves)
  • 20 pieces  string
Spice mix:
  • 1/2 tbsp pepper
  • 1.5 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp light soy sauce
Method :
  1. Soak dried mushrooms till soft. Drain and dice finely. Cook lean pork in boiling water. Drain and dice finely. Reserve stock that has been used to boil pork/
  2. Rinse glutinous rice. Drain. Soak in pork stock together with 3 tbsp stir-fried garlic for 8 hours. Remove glutinous rice, drain again then mix with 2 tsp salt.
  3. Heat some oil in wok and stir-fry garlic and shallots till fragrant. Add pork, mushrooms and winter melon then stir-fry thoroughly. Stir in seasoning. Divide filling into 20 portions then set aside.
  4. Take 1 piece of pandan leaf (of 2 pieces of bamboo leaves stacked together). Fold near bottom 1/3 of the leaves and shape into cone.
  5. Spoon in 1 tbsp glutinous rice. Add a portion of filling then cover with 2 tbsp glutinous rice. Wrap up and shape into a pyramid. Tie securely with a string.
  6. Add the rice dumplings to a large pot of water and cook for 3 hours. Top up with boiling water to ensure that water covers rice dumplings completely at all times. 
  7. Remove and hang to dry the leaf covering.