Since the Croc Dundee team had decorated their stand with banana leaves, at the end of the night, I managed to convinced that giving me the banana leaves was a better idea than putting it in the bin. Call me 'kiam siap' as you may but it costs about AUD$2 for me to get 3 small pieces of banana leaves at the markets which also depends on the availability. But in payment, I was asked if I know how to make a sticky rice with coconut topping dessert. So this is the result. I hope this met the Joan's expectations.
300gm glutinous rice
1 blade of pandan leave (aka screwpine leave)
pinch of salt
½ cup of coconut milk
3 tablespoons of water
120gm gula melaka
1 tbsp water
1 ½ cups freshly grated coconut
- Wash the glutinous rice until water runs clear. Soak overnight. If you are time restricted, you don’t necessarily have to let the rice soak overnight as I have done.
- Dissolve the salt in water.
- Place banana leaves at the bottom of a steamer and place glutinous rice, water, knotted pandan leave and two teaspoons of coconut milk on top of banana leave and allow it to steam.
- Moisturise the rice with the addition of coconut milk every so often until the coconut mulk is used up.
- Allow rice to be steamed until soft.
- Leave glutinous rice aside.
- Bring to boil the gula melaka, sugar and water until the sugar partially dissolves.
- Add grated coconut to the sugar and fry until the coconut has absorbed the dissolved sugar and becomes partially translucent.
- Leave to cool.
- Pour hot water over banana leaves to soften the leaves and to prevent it from splitting so easily.
- Place two tablespoons of rice in the middle of a roughly 20cm x 10cm rectangular banana leaf, waxy & matt side up.
- Using banana leaf, try to compact the rice together and then top it with the coconut mixture.
- Wrap the longer dimensions of the leaf over the glutinous rice and tuck sides towards the bottom as pictured in the photograph.