Happy New Year! My son Austin is at the San Francisco Chinese New Year parade tonight with his Dad celebrating 2010’s Year of the Tiger. The Tiger represents the living symbol of strength and power generally inspiring both fear and respect!
Growing up my mother made Chinese Sausage with Sweet Rice to celebrate Chinese New Year. We enjoyed it so much that we wanted an excuse to eat it more than once during the year. So, she eventually incorporated it into our Thanksgiving holiday in lieu of traditional stuffing. It took some coaxing to get her to publish this recipe because you’ll have to go to a Chinese market to buy the sausage and sweet rice. But if you try it, we guarantee it is worth the extra effort! I am just happy that I can now pass along this recipe for generations to come.
2 cups sweet rice
2 cups water
4 Chinese chicken and lean pork sweet sausages
6 medium size shiitake dried black mushrooms, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes or longer until soft
1 small yellow onion (4 oz.)
2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok)
¼ cup water
¼ cup soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
2 teaspoons pure sesame oil
Preparation and Cooking:
Using a rice cooker to steam the rice, place 2 cups of sweet rice in the pot. Wash and stir the rice with your hand. Rinse a minimum of three times and drain well. Add 2 cups of water into the pot. Steam in the rice cooker until notified when ready. While the rice cooks, cut 4 Chinese sausages crosswise into ¼ inch thin pieces. Drain the mushroom water, remove the stems if any and finely chop. Finely chop the onion into very small pieces.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a non-stick wok over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, add sausage, mushrooms and onions. Cook and stir for about 1 minute. Add ¼ cup water to wok and cook for 2 more minutes. Lower the heat to medium. Add ¼ cup soy sauce and 2 teaspoons sesame oil. Stir and mix well. Add the steamed sweet rice into wok. Constantly stir to mix the rice with all the ingredients. The rice is rather sticky so it will take 2 to 3 minutes to blend everything together. Serve hot or warm.
Makes 6 to 8 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 8 minutes