Glutinous Rice and Chinese Sausage Wrapped in Banana Leaves

Glutinous Rice and Chinese Sausage Wrapped in Banana Leaves

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About This Recipe

Yield:Makes 6 to 8 packets
Active time:30 minutes
Total time:1 1/2 hours
Special equipment:Steamer, cooking twine
This recipe appears in: Seriously Asian: Glutinous Rice and Banana Leaves


  • 1 1/2 cups glutinous rice
  • To season the rice:
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon lard, or a neutral-tasting oil
  • 2 links Chinese sausage, cut at a diagonal into 1 inch slices
  • Banana leaves


  1. 1

    Cook the glutinous rice in a rice cooker and let cool slightly. Mix in the soy sauce, sesame oil, and sugar until the seasonings are well-distributed.

  2. 2

    Lay large rectangular sections of the banana leaves on a cutting board. Layer slightly smaller rectangular sections cross-wise. Add a few tablespoons of the rice mixture on the leaves. Place a few segments of the sausage in the center and top with a few more tablespoons of rice. Fold the inside layer of the banana leaves over the rice, followed by the outside layer. Tie with cooking twine. Repeat until you have 6 to 8 packages.

  3. 3

    Arrange the packets in a steamer and steam over medium heat for 1 hour, replenishing with more water as needed. Serve hot. Unwrapped leftover packets may be frozen for longer storage. It is not necessary to thaw before reheating in a steamer.


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