Vietnamese steamed momordica glutinous rice Recipe (Xoi Gac)
Gac is commonly known as trÃ¡i gáº¥c or quáº£ gáº¥c (trÃ¡i/quáº£ meaning “fruit”) in Vietnamese. It is known variously as Baby Jackfruit, Spiny Bitter Gourd, Sweet Gourd, Momordica Cochinchinensis or Cochinchin Gourd in English .The yellow flesh is creamy like an avocado but a bit bitter. In Vietnam gac has been traditionally used as both food and medicine .
“Gac has been shown to be especially high in lycopene content. Relative to mass, it contains up to 70 times the amount of lycopene found in tomatoes. It has also been found to contain up to 10 times the amount of beta-carotene of carrots or sweet potatoes. Additionally, the carotenoids present in gac are bound to long-chain fatty acids, resulting in what is claimed to be a more bioavailable form. There has also been recent research that suggests that gac contains a protein that may inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gac
1 kg glutinous rice, wash, soak in water for 4 hours, drain.
100 g castor sugar
500 g Gac meat, mash with a fork or process in a mixer with rice wine and 1 teaspoon salt
1 cup coconut milk or cooking oil
2 tablespoons rice wine
5 pandan leaves, tie in a knob
3 teaspoons salt
Combine the glutinous rice and the Gac meat + the remaining salt + 1/2 cup coconut milk. Place the rice mixture in the steamer. Cook for 20 minutes or until cooked
Add the remaining coconut milk and all the sugar.Turn the rice with a pair of chopstick to fold the sugar in the rice evenly. Cover and cook for another 5-10 minutes.Done. Serve hot or cold.
Xoi Gac is usually served in Tet celebration( Vietnam lunar new year), baby’s full month celebration ( according to vietnamese customs when a baby turns one month old, a ceremony is held to celebrate her/his first month.) and in wedding party. Xoi gac is also eaten as a light breakfast .
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