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Chestnut and Mushrooms Sticky Rice

This chestnut and mushrooms sticky rice is the ultimate comfort food for any weather. It's lip-smacking good with easily customizable ingredients. Make it today with your favorite grains and an easy homemade umami sauce.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Rice Soaking Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: comfortfood, Glutinousrice, Stickyrice
Servings: 4
Author: woonheng


  • Steamer


  • 2 cups [380g] glutinous rice
  • 1⅓ cup [315g] water
  • ½ cup roasted chestnut⁣⁣⁣
  • ¼ cup sliced Chinese/Shiitake mushrooms⁣⁣⁣
  • 6 small shallots ~100g, finely sliced⁣⁣⁣
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil⁣⁣⁣
  • oil
  • salt to taste⁣⁣⁣
  • water⁣⁣⁣ for steaming and soaking


  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese cooking wine or vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon vegan 'oyster' sauce
  • 1 teaspoon thick dark soy sauce for color optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper⁣⁣


  • a handful of chopped scallion
  • handful of fried shallots⁣⁣⁣


  • Rinse rice with water until the water turns clear, and soak overnight or up to 4 hours. Drain well before use.
  • In a heated non-stick pan with 1 tablespoon oil, sauté mushrooms until lightly browned then continue to cook shallots until they turn translucent.
  • Add in all the sauces and continue to cook by stirring continously until well combined then fold it with chestnuts.
  • Drizzle with toasted sesame oil and transfer the mixture into a bowl. Set aside.
  • Place drained glutinous rice in a heat-safe proof bowl and add 1 cup + ⅓ cup water.
  • Then, top rice with the mushrooms mixture and chestnuts.⁣
  • Steam rice over high heat for 20 minutes.
  • Using a chopstick/fork, fluff rice by mixing mushrooms mixture until well combined. Season to your preference.
  • Then, steam for another 20 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked through. (Be sure you have enough water for steaming). Note: some brands have a softer rice texture, in that case, please adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • Turn off the heat and let it cool off, top with fried shallots and chopped scallions before serving. I paired it with some sautéd Gai Lan.⁣⁣⁣



  • Some dark soy sauces have a lighter color and are more watery, in that case, please adjust accordingly to your preference.
  • For a homemade version of vegan 'oyster' sauce, please use my Vegan Stir-Fry Sauce