Sticky rice, or glutinous rice, is a staple food of Vietnamese people, second only to plain rice.
Sticky rice is also used as a main ingredient for various kinds of cakes and sweet soups.
In traditional Vietnamese medicine, sticky rice is considered to be sweet and warm, and good for the stomach.
It is therefore used to refresh the body and treat asthenia, diarrhea and stomach inflammation and ulcers.
Cooked sticky rice
Simmer a little đảng sâm (Codonopsis pilosula), jujubes and purified sugar; cook sticky rice and serve it in a dish; put the simmered đảng sâm and jujubes onto the cooked sticky rice and then add the broth.
Eat this dish to treat tiredness, sleeplessness, anorexia and edema.
Sticky rice cooked with mộc nhĩ (cloud ear fungus – Auricularia polytricha) is good for blood cells and thus can help prevent the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Regular intake of sticky rice cooked with mung beans (Vigna radiata) is good for the blood circulation, urination and the eyes.
Mung bean-sticky rice is also a laxative.
It is a food of choice for those in their convalescence period, or those with nearsightedness.
Sticky rice cooked with pumpkin is good for those with diabetes, as it delays the carbohydrate absorption of the body.
Intake of the pumpkin-sticky rice is also recommended to detoxify the body and prevent colon cancer for the elderly.
Sticky rice cooked with sweet potatoes is good for the kidneys, blood circulation and digestive system.
Intake of sweet potato-sticky rice can help lower the cholesterol level in the blood and prevent the risks of constipation, rectum cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
Sticky rice cooked with taro (Colocasia esculenta) can help detoxify the body and facilitate urination.
It is a digestive food and is thus good for those with indigestion or intestinal disorders.
Sticky rice porridge
Prepare porridge with sticky rice, đậu đen (literally means black beans), or catjang (Vigna cylindrica), and jujubes.
Eat this porridge once or twice a day to treat anemia due to iron deficiency.
Grind sticky rice and cook it into a thin porridge; add honey and eat it a few times a day to relieve nausea and vomiting.
This soup is also good for bile production.
Roast sticky rice and then simmer it with a little fresh ginger and water.
Drink the broth during the day to cure nausea and vomiting.
The thin porridge prepared with sticky rice and jujubes is recommended to be eaten once or twice a day by herbalists to treat stomach inflammation and ulcers.
Prepare porridge with sticky rice and lotus seeds.
Intake of the porridge in the morning and evening is recommended for those with asthenia or in their convalescence period.
Cook porridge with sticky rice and mung beans.
Eat the porridge every day to support the treatment of diabetes.
Source: The Saigon Times