Sticky Rice Burgers

Today I was craving for a beef burger so I went to Mos Burger in a shopping mall in my neighborhood and order Yakiniku Burger. When the burger arrived I was surprised that I didn’t see the softy buns but  two round disks of sticky rice! I realized later that it was my own mistake that I didn’t notice that it says rice burger.

Although I have heard and seen of sticky rice burgers that are available in Thailand’s most famous convenience stores –  7Eleven throughout Thailand for a while, I never paid attention to it so this is my first time trying a sticky rice burger.

Stickt rice Burger

My thought? It was pretty good! It is similar to having ข้าวเหนียวหมูปิ้ง khao niao moo ping (grilled pork with sticky rice)Thai street snack commonly available all over the country, but this one is in beef version. I am not sure if the ones available in 7-Eleven would taste the same since they are refrigerated packaged food that’s heated in the microwave.

Talking about sticky rice, I talked to a few foreigners and I was surprised that they didn’t know that Thai sticky rice is made of a certain kind of rice. Some thought we put some kind of special ingredient in the rice to make it sticky. Some thought it was the same as the rice used to make Sushi.

Thai sticky rice is the kind of long grain ‘glutinous rice’. It needs to be cooked with vapor, not in water. One of the unique things about this type of rice is that, when properly cooked and lightly kneaded with your fingers, the kernels stick together but not to your hands. Wiki has a pretty good article that clarify this all out for you. 🙂

When you go to a Thai restaurant and order Northeastern food i.e. ส้มตำ Som Tam (spicy papaya sald), ลาบ Larb (Thai Spicy Ground meat and Toasted Rice), the waiter would often ask if you would like to have ข้าวสวย Khao Suai (steamed rice) or ข้าวเหนียว Khao Niao (sticky rice). That is due to the fact that sticky rice is commonly eaten in Northeastern part of Thailand (อีสาน Isan) , and when Thai people eat Thai Northeastern food, they usually pair it with sticky rice.

Isan food

My Isan dinner set


คุณชอบข้าวเหนียวมั้ยคะ  Do you like sticky rice?

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9 Responses to Sticky Rice Burgers

  1. David 04/01/2014 at 12:22 #

    I like to know more about foods. When in Thailand I did not know what the food was but if I saw something that looked good I would point and say ” same same” I hope that that was not rude. I was eating a dark stew and a man committed that ” I did not think that foreigners ate that” I don’t know what it was that I was eating but it tasted good.

  2. david 22/12/2013 at 06:59 #

    I like to try cooking different foods, so I looked up some on the internet. I noticed Thai cooking like all fresh ingredients. And a lot of the foods I have tried are not that hard to make if you follow the directions. But what I would really like is to find traditional Thai food recipes that Thai people eat at home in Thailand?

  3. Mark 27/06/2013 at 20:49 #

    wow im a chef but i didnt know that about sticky rice. Although back in the philippines there are two desserts that use sticky rice cooked in banana leaves. But ive always cooked it in water. 🙁

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  6. Konstanze 29/03/2013 at 14:50 #

    I like sticky rice a lot, but unfortunately can’t cook it like you do, because in Germany it’s not easy to find the authentic equipment…especially with Mamuang and coconut sauce hmmmm….

  7. TJ lueddeke 29/03/2013 at 04:07 #


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