Black Glutinous Rice

Ingredient Name:  Black glutinous rice, glutinous rice, black sticky rice, wax rice, sweet rice, pearl rice

Traditional Chinese Name: 黑糯米 (Hēi nuòmǐ)

What is this?

  • A type of short-grained Asian rice that becomes sticky when cooked
  • It is relatively dense compared to other varieties of rice
  • This rice has a long history with the Chinese (as far back as 2,000 year) and has many usages in Asia
  • The black colour is either a different strain of glutinous rice or is the rice that still contains its bran
  • Its usage is in desserts, with dim sum, as a meal with meats and vegetables or in soups (although not so commonly)

How do I prepare it?

  • Rinse in warm water and use

Where can I buy this?

  • In most supermarkets, health food stores or speciality stores
  • Available at wetmarts in Hong Kong
  • You can buy them prepackaged or in the volume you want from the vendors

What is the cost?

  • It is very affordable with a few dollars for a few grams

Any benefits?

  • Gluten free rice that is ideal for gluten-free diets

Any precautions?

  • As with all starches, consume in moderation

Additional Information:

  • Store in a dry, cool container away from open air and moisture
  • You can store cooked glutinous rice in the fridge for up to 5 days and frozen in your freezer for up to 6 months