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Savor - Waxing Poetic About Sticky Rice

Waxing Poetic About Sticky Rice

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Glutinous rice’s super stickiness has given it a starring role in dishes across Southeastern Asia and beyond. Anney and Lauren dig into the science behind sticky rice – and dish on some of those dishes.

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01/30/20 • 29 min

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Hello, and welcome to save re production of I Heart Radio and Stuff Media. I'm Anny Reese and I'm Lauren vocal Baum, and today we're talking about glutinous rice. Yes, ak, sticky rice, some other name a waxy rice, waxy race, that's what it was. I kept seeing that my search results and being confused. I've got a note about it. Okay, perfect, yeah, perfect. And this is in part to honor the start of Lunary Year, which began on January is the year of

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How long has glutinous rice been grown in Southeast Asia?

Glutenous rice has been growing in mainland Southeast Asia for at least four thousand years.

How did sticky rice come into existence?

The mutation that created sticky rice happened once, and farmers selected for it in future crops, creating the varieties grown today.

What is the significance of rice cakes made from sticky rice during the Lunar New Year?

Chinese people have been eating rice cakes made from sticky rice for good luck during the Lunar New Year for over one thousand years.

Are there legends about the origins of sticky rice dishes in ancient China?

Yes, there are legends about the origins of sticky rice dishes like Nan Yao and Zongzi in ancient China.

Where has sticky rice thrived during times of food scarcity?

Sticky rice has thrived in places like Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and parts of China during times of food scarcity.

What are some potential applications of glutinous rice flour and starch?

Research is being done on glutinous rice flour and starch for use in packaged goods like infant foods, snacks, and gluten-free products.

What factors can affect the texture of a product made from glutinous rice?

The mix of amino acids, fatty acids, sugars, and variety of glutinous rice can affect the texture of the final product.

Is glutinous rice being looked at as a food of the future?

Yes, glutinous rice is being studied for its potential in various applications and is being looked at as a food of the future.

What are some uses of glutinous rice besides culinary purposes?

Glutinous rice has diverse uses, including industrial applications like food additives and pharmaceutical tablets.

Are there any risks associated with consuming sticky rice, especially mochi?

Yes, eating sticky rice, particularly mochi, may pose risks of throat obstruction if not consumed carefully.

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