Black sticky rice chocolate-filled dumplings with melon balls

Black sticky rice chocolate-filled dumplings with melon balls

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The Food of Vietnam
Serves
4
Photographer
Alan Benson

Black sticky rice flour and dried basil seeds can be purchased at your local Thai or Vietnamese market. The glutinous textures of the dumplings may take some getting used to, but sticky sweets are much loved in Vietnam and throughout Asia.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 rockmelon wedge
1 watermelon wedge

Dumplings

Quantity Ingredient
100g glutinous rice flour
40g black glutinous rice flour
40g rice flour
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
5 drops vegetable oil
80g dark cooking chocolate, chopped into 16 pieces

Sweet coconut milk

Quantity Ingredient
150ml coconut milk
3 teaspoons palm sugar, chopped
small pinch sea salt
1/4 teaspoon basil seeds

Method

  1. To make the dumplings, combine all the flours and salt in a mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and pour the oil and 125 ml warm water into the well. Mix all the ingredients together and knead until smooth and pliable, adding just a little more warm water if required.
  2. Divide the mixture into 16 even portions and roll into balls. Make a dimple in each ball with your little finger, then fill the dimple with a piece of the chocolate. Seal the ball and roll to ensure it is smooth and round.
  3. Combine all the sweet coconut milk ingredients, except the basil seeds, in a small saucepan. Bring to the boil, then remove from the heat. Stir in the basil seeds, transfer to a bowl, then cover and refrigerate.
  4. Fill a large saucepan with hot water and bring to a rapid boil. Gently slide the dumplings into the boiling water. Cook for 3–4 minutes, or until the dumplings float.
  5. Meanwhile, cut the rockmelon and watermelon into balls using a melon baller.
  6. To serve, spoon the warm dumplings into shallow bowls and surround them with the melon balls. Spoon the sweet coconut milk mixture into the bottom of the bowls and serve.
Tags:
The Food of Vietnam
Luke
Nguyen
Red
Lantern
Vietnam
Vietnamese
Asian
Asia
South
East
Southeast
South-east
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