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.
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.
คุณชอบข้าวเหนียวมั้ยคะ Do you like sticky rice?