Dish That Reminds You of Childhood

A unique food that reminds me of my childhood is a home-made rice sausage. It is not really a dish, but this topic reminded me that I should introduce more interesting to my readers. In the Hmong community, we have a sticky rice stuffed sausage that can be found in smaller Hmong markets. You might have to go to California or Minnesota to try them.

In the Hmong community, we have a sticky rice stuffed sausage that can be found in smaller Hmong markets. You might have to go to California or Minnesota to try them. Yes, travel because the world has so many things to offer.

But if you really want to, you can try to make it at home.

According to Hmong Food Info:

This hearty traditional Hmong food has tasty simple flavors that you will enjoy. This is a simple yet delicious snack that can fill you up quick! Hmong stores always have a deli section where you can try these out first if you don’t believe me! It can be difficult when you first learn to make these but with some practice, it’ll come easy and will be quite fun to make!

Preparation: 1 hour. Cooking: 1 hour

Ingredients for Two 2 feet long sausages:

  • 4 cups of raw sweet rice (aka sticky rice)
  • 1 thumb size ginger
  • A small handful of ground pork
  • 1/3  TB sea salt
  • cups of water
  • 2 pork casings, 2 ft each.

Special Utensils: sausage stuffing tube. Chopstick. Steamer.

1) Soak rice with water 3 inches above its surface for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight.

2) In a wok, cook minced ginger for a few minutes. Mix in the ground pork and cook for another few minutes until cooked. Add 3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Pour in the rice and mix. Turn off the heat and let it cool for a bit before you start stuffing sausages.

3) Meanwhile, soak pork casings in water for 5 minutes before using. Cut casings to 2 feet lengths.

4) Now you can begin to stuff the casings and make sausages. Open one end of your casing, and blow into it like a balloon to inflate the casing. Take this very same end and pull it up onto the stuffing tube and hold it firmly there with one hand. With your other hand, start with spoons of rice and liquid. Liquid will help move the rice down the casing. Once you get ¼ of the sausage filling, start stuffing more rice and a lot less liquid into the tube. Use a chopstick to push the stuffing down to the casing. With some liquid already inside your casing, lift your sausage up so that this liquid can find its way to help your stuffing go down the casing.

5)  Make sure not to make too thick. At the end of making one sausage, gently stroke the sausage to smooth out the filling. The end result should be about 4 inches in circumference throughout. Leave 3 inches at the ends to tie a knot – doing this will keep the stuffings in when it is cooking. Lift your sausage up and let the ends hang down – this will let the excess water slowly drain out of the casing. Roll the sausage loosely into the steamer. Once steamed, it will enlarge.

6) On low heat, cook for 25 minutes. Change to medium heat for 25-30 minutes.

Or watch this Youtube Video.

Note: You can make it with just sticky rice, or add meat to it so it can be more tasteful. Or make it with just meat like a sausage and grill it. Yum!

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