June 14th, 2017

Thai Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango

My last pre-baby hurrah was a trip to Southeast Asia a year and a half ago. Christine and I ate so many delicious bites, it is hard to pick a favorite, but the coconut sticky rice stands out in my memory. The dessert is simple, yet complex: the rice is sweet and salty, the ripe mango is tender and fragrant. It is a symphony of flavors, achieved without any gluten or dairy!

I have been waiting for mango season, to finally replicate this dish. Did you know there are over 400 varieties of mango? It’s a travesty that only 2 or 3 are available to us in the US. Ataúlfo mangos are easily the best of the limited selection.

This recipe from serious eats is fussy, requiring a steamer for the rice. It also requires advanced planning, since the rice needs to soak. Oh, and you will also need to make a special trip to the Asian market to find the Thai sweet sticky rice. But, if you do all of that, you will be rewarded with a dessert that transports you to Thailand, without a 20 hour plane trip.

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