There are many traditional foods eaten at Chinese New Year, usually because they symbolize wealth, luck or good fortune. This sticky rice (粘饭) is a popular holiday dish that is eaten all over China. It can be made savory with smoked sausage or sweet with dried jujubes, goji, and raisins, and represents family cohesiveness. Hence the "sticky" in its name.
I am not even a fan of sticky rice and I loved this. Use whatever ingredients in whatever amounts you are comfortable with. It is a totally customizable dish; more of a template than a recipe. Crushed walnuts are substituted for oil, to keep the rice moist and shiny. Goji berries are added last so they remain intact and don't explode during cooking.
The sticky rice transforms into a bed of tiny translucent pearls studded with perfectly sweet, plump, juicy dried fruits. Serve on a dried lotus leaf for maximum presentation points! (and easy clean up.)
Chinese Sweet Sticky Rice
***for a savory version (which I prefer) prepare rice the same way (using a mix of black, white, and glutinous rice depending on how sticky you prefer) and mix in a handful of raw peanuts instead of the sweet ingredients in step 2. Pressure cook. When finished, stir in 1/2 a diced sweet chinese sausage. Let sit for 2 minutes and serve hot!
So pretty to look at, so gooey, so sweet. Enjoy with loved ones!