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Eight Treasure Steamed Rice
Fruits, Desserts, and Other Sweet Foods
|Eight Treasure Steamed Rice|
8 different dried fruits and nuts such as pit-free rambutan pieces, dried and soaked until soft Chinese black or brown dates, quartered pit-free apricots, and other soaked soft seeds until eight have been selected and soaked, as needed
2 cups cooked sweet rice
1 cup super fine sugar
3 Tablespoons lard
½ cup red bean paste
1. Line a steamer basket with muslin or cheesecloth rung
out in cold water.
2. Grease a heat-proof bowl, spread the cloth on a
greased bowl, and put the dried fruits and nuts on the
cloth in a decorative pattern.
3. Mix the cooked rice with the sugar and the lard, put
half of it on the fruit and nut design, then put the red
bean paste on this, and the rest of the rice mixture on
top. Cover with the ends of the cloth and push down
firmly. Then put a small flat plate upside down on top.
4. Steam for twenty-five minutes, remove from the steamer,
invert onto a clean flat plate leaving the bowl and cloth
on for twenty minutes before removing. Then serve.