About this recipe:This is a traditional Chinese sweet rice recipe that is usually served for the Chinese New Year. This recipe was handed down to me from my dad who liked to eat this alone as a main dish, so it's a little heartier than most other sweet rice recipes. For those of you who know what Chinese sweet rice is, this is the most delicious recipe yet!
575g uncooked jasmine rice
300g dried shiitake mushrooms
3 tablespoons oyster sauce, divided
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons cornflour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon caster sugar
1 tablespoon red wine
3 links lop chong (Chinese-style sausage)
1 tablespoon sesame oil
500g fresh prawns - peeled, deveined and diced
100g cooked pork sausage, diced
1 bunch spring onions, diced
100g fresh water chestnuts, peeled and diced
225g frozen garden peas
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Method Prep:45min › Cook:1hr › Extra time:1hr15min › Ready in:3hr
Place the jasmine rice and water in a medium saucepan. Cover and let stand at least 1 hour, until the water has been absorbed. Transfer to a steamer basket and fluff with a fork. Steam 20 minutes, or until tender.
Place the dried mushrooms in a bowl with enough hot water to cover. Soak 30 minutes or until tender. Drain, remove stems and slice.
In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon oyster sauce, soy sauce, cornflour, salt, sugar and red wine. Place mushrooms in the bowl, and marinate at least 15 minutes.
In the steamer basket, steam the mushrooms and Chinese-style sausage 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and chop.
Heat the sesame oil in a large wok over high heat. Toss in the shrimp and cook 1 to 2 minutes, until nearly opaque. Stir in the mushrooms, Chinese-style sausage, pork sausage, spring onion and water chestnuts. Cook and stir about 2 minutes. Mix in the rice and remaining oyster sauce. Cook another 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and toss in the peas. Serve when the peas are heated through.
Chinese New Year
Most of the dishes served during Chinese New Year are symbolic of something positive and hopeful.
Chicken and fish, for example, symbolise happiness and prosperity - especially when served whole.
Dishes made with oranges represent wealth and good fortune because they are China's most plentiful fruit.
Noodles represent longevity: therefore, they should never be cut!
Duck symbolises fidelity, while eggs signify fertility.
Bean curd or tofu, however, is avoided because its white colour suggests death and misfortune.