Traditional Chinese Steam Rice Dish

Similar concept to the Steam Room restaurant in Malaysia
Similar concept to the Steam Room restaurant in Malaysia
Traditional Chinese Steam Rice Dish

This dish is very versatile. When I was back in Malaysia, I had lunch with my family at a restaurant called, Steam Room @ Sunway Giza, Kota Damansara, PJ. I was really impressed by the simplicity of the dish. My mother told me told me that these dishes can be easily cooked at home using a rice cooker. It is the same concept! To prove her point, she did cook it one day at home, and it was yummy, yummy, yummy! You can almost make up your own recipe as it is basically basic Chinese dishes being steamed together with rice. The modern-day rice cooker, has made this process easier. Traditionally, rice and the toppings were placed in a metal bowl, and cooked in a hot steamer. I find the most tasteful recipe always includes Chinese sausage (臘腸). I hope to try more varieties with this dish!

Ingredients (Serving for 4):

Chicken meat, diced

Two Chinese sausages (Washed, remove skin, and slice long & thin)

Garlic, about three cloves, sliced

Shiitake mushrooms, about 6-8, softened in hot water and then sliced

Baby Broccoli – a few stalks, washed and cut

1/2 cup Chinese Shao Hsing cooking rice wine

1/2 cup Light Soy Sauce

1 Tablespoon Black Thick Soy Sauce


1. Stir-fry meat until half-cooked. Add in rice wine and light soy sauce. Add garlic, mushrooms and Chinese sausage. Stir-fry mixture.

2. Lower heat, and add black thick soy sauce. Stir fry mixture. If there’s not enough gravy , add a little more water or more soy sauce to the mixture. Turn off heat, and set aside. Steps 1 and 2 should take very little time (~2 minutes), as the longer you stir-fry, the toppings become more cooked.

3. Start cooking rice in rice cooker. When the first steam is seen from the top of the rice cooker, open the cooker and check. You must only add in the cooked toppings from above when there is no water on the surface of the rice. Remember to add the broccoli into the rice cooker as well.

4. Close the rice cooker, and let it cook and keep warm until it is ready to serve.

cooked in a rice cooker

A simple tasty dinner dish for your family. Enjoy!

Have you tried this recipe before? What are some of the variations you’ve learned? I’d love to hear about it!


One thought on “Traditional Chinese Steam Rice Dish

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s