The Marvelous Fusion of Mango and Black Sticky Rice
Mango & black sticky rice is a delightful dessert deeply embedded in Thai culture. This treat provides a texture that leans towards the drier side. Traditionally, luscious slices of mango accompany the black sticky rice, enhanced by a drizzle of sweet coconut milk sauce for an added layer of richness.
Drawing inspiration from the legendary “Honeymoon Dessert,” a renowned Asian dessert brand that took its first steps in Hong Kong, I aim to replicate their famed Mango Black Sticky Rice Dessert. Their rendition boasts a unique flair with the inclusion of shaved ice and a richer milk-coconut milk blend. Elevate the dish even more with a generous scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream, making it the go-to treat for sultry summer days.
My last visit to China had me frequenting Honeymoon Dessert, reaffirming my adoration for this dessert. Justin, my boyfriend, showcases his deep love for it by opting for it over a birthday cake! Let me share my revised take on this dessert, which I believe captures the true essence of Honeymoon’s iconic dish.
- 3/4 cup Thai black glutinous rice (140g)
- 2 cups water (475 ml)
- 1/4 cup coconut milk (60 ml, with an additional 2/3 cup or 160 ml)
- 3 tablespoons sugar (38g)
- 2/3 cup milk (160 ml)
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk (120 ml)
- 2 cups finely crushed ice
- 2 lush ripe mangos (sliced after peeling)
- Optional: 4 scoops of vanilla ice cream for a chilly twist
1. Initiate by washing the Thai black glutinous rice. Let it steep overnight in the 2 cups of water. Aim for a minimum of 8 hours or stretch it to 24 hours for best results. Combine the soaked rice, soaking water, ¼ cup coconut milk, and sugar into a rice cooker. Mix thoroughly and activate the rice cooker. Keep an eye as different cookers have varied cooking patterns. Once cooked, allow the rice to cool. (If lacking a rice cooker, see tips.)
2,. In a distinct bowl, blend the 2/3 cup coconut milk, 2/3 cup milk, and ½ cup sweetened condensed milk. Adjust sweetness as per your taste buds by adding more condensed milk.
3. Proceed to fill four bowls with crushed ice. Layer them with mango slices and a scoop or two of the black sticky rice. Pour the prepared milk blend over the ice, mango, and rice. For those who crave that extra indulgence, crown it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Ready to relish!
Handy Tips & Notes:
- Account for soaking time for the black glutinous rice, which isn’t part of the prep time.
- Absence of a rice cooker? Fear not! Soak the Thai sticky rice as directed and steam. For flavor infusion, heat coconut milk and sugar in a pot until sugar integrates completely. Merge with the cooked rice post cooling.
This dish isn’t just a delightful palate pleaser; it’s nutritious too. Mangos are laden with essential vitamins and antioxidants, and black sticky rice offers anthocyanins, which might have several health benefits. When merged with coconut milk, a known metabolism booster, you’re in for a treat that’s both delectable and beneficial! Remember, the perfect dessert isn’t just about taste; it’s about crafting memories with each spoonful.