Sticky Rice with Chinese Sausage

3 cups Chinese or Japanese short-grain sticky ("sweet") rice*
1 cup Chinese dried black mushrooms* or dried shiitake mushrooms (1 1/2 oz)
5 Chinese sausages* (6 to 8 oz total)
1 tablespoon peanut oil
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
1/2 cup thinly sliced scallion (white and pale green parts only; from 1 bunch)
1 1/2 cups bottled peeled cooked whole water chestnuts (from a 14- to 15-oz jar), drained and coarsely chopped
1/3 cup Chinese rice wine or medium-dry Sherry
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
thinly sliced scallion greens for garnish

*Available at Asian markets

Cover rice with cold water by 1 inch in a large bowl and soak at least 2 hours. Drain in a sieve and rinse well under cold running water.

Soak mushrooms in warm water 30 minutes, then drain, squeezing excess liquid back into bowl, and discard liquid. Rinse mushrooms to remove any grit, then discard stems and coarsely chop caps. Quarter sausages lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch pieces.

Heat a wok over high heat until just smoking. Add peanut oil and heat, swirling in wok, until just smoking. Add ginger and scallion and stir-fry 30 seconds. Add sausage and stir-fry 1 minute, then add mushrooms and stir-fry 1 minute. Add chestnuts and stir-fry 1 minute. Stir in rice wine, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, salt, and white pepper and remove from heat. Add drained rice and stir to coat.

Transfer mixture to a 4- to 6-quart heavy pot and add broth (broth will not completely cover rice). Bring to a simmer, stir once, then reduce heat to low. Cover and cook 25 minutes more, then remove from heat. Stir from bottom to distribute ingredients and let stand, covered, 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.


I often use fresh crimini mushrooms in place of the shitakes and leave out the water chestnuts. If I don't have them I also leave out the Chinese sausage, but the dish is much better with them.

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