Wrapping glutinous rice in banana leaves imparts it with a huge amount of flavor, and will fill your kitchen with a wonderful aroma. Pieces of sweet Chinese sausage cook and flavor the rice parcels as they steam.
- 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
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.
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.
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.