Steam the rice (see note 5 for alternative methods)
Rinse rice until the water becomes clear. Soak overnight (or at least 6 hours).
Drain well then spread the rice over a piece of wet muslin cloth that’s laid inside a steamer basket (see note 6). Fold the corners to cover the rice completely.
Bring water to a full boil then place the basket over the pot/wok. Cover and leave to steam over medium-low heat for about 30-35 minutes (Check the water level halfway through to avoid drying out).
Keep the rice in the steamer (covered) until you’re ready to assemble.
Assemble the rolls
Lay a piece of cling film (plastic wrap) over the work surface. Sprinkle half of the sesame seeds over.
Place half of the cooked sticky rice on top. Using a spatula or your hand to carefully flatten it into a square shape (each side measures about the same length as a doughnut stick). To prevent sticking, wet spatula or hands with a little water when handling the rice.
Spread some pickled chili garlic sauce over (optional). Then add half of the scallions, pork floss and preserved mustard stem.
Place one doughnut stick in the middle. Lift the two sides of the cling film to join the rice towards the centre. Place pressure all over the roll to tightly wrap all the fillings.
Repeat the procedure to make the second roll. Then halve each one and serve immediately.
1. Although traditional recipes call for sticky rice, you may also use regular short-grain rice (e.g. sushi rice, Chinese Dongbei rice). The final texture and taste will be a little different but still nice.2. Other types of meat floss (such as beef, chicken or fish) can be used as a substitute.3. Preserved radish or preserved yard-long beans can be used to replace Zha Cai.4. You may either make doughnut sticks following my recipe or purchase frozen ones from Chinese/Asian stores.5. You may also use a rice cooker which has a separate function for cooking sticky rice.6. If you don’t have muslin cloth, use a clean tea towel made of natural material.
Fan Tuan (Stuffed Sticky Rice Roll, 饭团) by Red House Spice