Sweet Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango

In just a few hours, I will be boarding a plane headed back home. New York. A place that I speak of so fondly here, from where so many of my most favorite food memories come, and one that I visit far too infrequently. Life…

Sweet Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango

In just a few hours, I will be boarding a plane headed back home. New York. A place that I speak of so fondly here, from where so many of my most favorite food memories come, and one that I visit far too infrequently. Life with the family gets busy and somehow, years can pass before I return home.

Of course, there will be friends and family to see, and new tastes to explore. I find that the city always transforms in my absence, restaurants come and go, and food fads arrive in a blink of an eye.

But the biggest reason I am returning home is to attend the International Association of Culinary Professionals 2012 Conference. It will be a very busy long weekend, and I am anticipating one full of learning, delicious bites, and friendship, new and old. And to make it even more exciting, I recently learned that this, my very humble blog, is up for a Peoples Choice Award for Best Culinary Website or Blog! I can’t even begin to tell you how honored I feel to see Kitchen Confidante listed among such amazing finalists. For those of you who have stopped by my Facebook page and left sweet comments of support, I just want to say thank you so very much. Connecting with each and every one of you is the most rewarding part of sharing my love for food.

I mean that.

As I made plans with my friends and family back home to meet for dinner, the very important question of what do you want to eat? came up. My oh my, such a difficult question to answer – so many foods, so little time.

I began to crave a dessert that can be found at many of the wonderful Thai restaurants scattered throughout Manhattan, and decided, why wait? If you’ve never had a bite of Sweet Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango, it’s time to try. Think of it like a coconut rice pudding, warm and fragrant with sweetened coconut milk and ripe mangoes. As I pack my suitcases, I leave you with sweet spoonfuls, and I can’t wait to share my adventures with you when I return.

Sweet Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango

Serves 4-6. | Prep: 10 minutes (not including soaking) | Cook: 40 minutes

Like a deconstructed coconut rice pudding, I made this with a gorgeous violet sticky rice from the terraces of the Philippines. But any good quality sticky rice will do. The secret to making the rice as sticky as possible is soaking it, at least 4 hours, or ideally, overnight.


1 1/2 cups sticky rice, soaked overnight in water
1 1/2 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup sugar
2 ripe mangoes, sliced


Steam the sticky rice until tender - you may use a steamer, rice cooker, or if you prefer, in a small saucepan on the stove.

In a small saucepan, warm the coconut milk and sugar until the sugar is fully dissolved. Be certain not to boil the coconut milk.

When the rice is ready, stir in 1/2 cup of the sweetened coconut milk and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes. The rice will absorb the milk.

Using a large ice cream scoop or a mold, divide the rice into small bowls. Arrange the mango slices on top or to the side. Pour the coconut milk over the rice, and serve with additional coconut milk and mangoes on the side. Serve while warm.


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  1. Tobias @ T and Tea Cake

    Congratualations on being nominated, Liren! And wow it seems like you’re having a real busy trip. Hope you’re coming back with new ideas and impressions to share with us. The city you call home is one I still need to visit but it definitely is one of the few in the US that are on my list. I mean, shouldn’t everybody got to visit the Big Apple once in their lifetime at least?

    Love the simplicity in your dessert and that it really isn’t too sweet. So fresh and VEGAN. :)


  2. Nancy/SpicieFoodie

    Hi Liren,

    Congratulations on the well deserved nomination. I hope your weekend went well. Coconut sticky rice is one of my favorite desserts. I love how you deconstructed it, look delicious. Have a great weekend!

  3. Jean

    Well the nomination is well-deserved–congrats again, Liren! Looking forward to your IACP/NYC update when you return. :)

  4. Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen

    This Thai dessert is one of my favorites, and I really like spin twist with the violet sticky rice! Congrats on the nomination, your hard work with this lovely blog certainly paid off :)

  5. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    Have a great trip, Liren! And congrats on being the finalist at one of the IACP awards :)

    I grew up eating this decadently delicious Thai dessert — so good!

  6. Ambika

    This is beautiful!! And one of my favorite desserts! Congratulations on the nomination and good luck! I will be very happy to see you win :) You have an excellent blog and most amazing pictures!

  7. Suzanne

    What a beautiful dessert! The contrast in color is lovely. Have a nice time visiting family and friends and going to the conference. You are quite deserving of this nomination, enjoy the praise, well done Liren.

  8. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    We finished dinner a while ago and I’m getting hungry for a small snack… and your sweet coconut sticky rice is calling my name. This looks so delicious!

    Congrats on the nomination and I’m really excited that a blogger I personally know is nominated! Enjoy the conference, family, friends, and home!

  9. Jennifer (Delicieux)

    Ah New York, my fiance and I visited New York last year, and immediately I fell in love. It’s such a beautiful, amazing and vibrant city, and I can’t wait to return. I am sure you will have a wonderful time at the ICAP conference, and I can’t wait to hear all about your trip when you return. Congratulations on your nomination too. Very well deserved, you write beautifully and always share such delicious and inspiring recipes.

    And as for your sweet coconut sticky rice, well, it looks amazing. Can I have a spoonful please!

  10. lea davenport

    I love sticky rice with mango! Love it! I never knew it had to be soaked so long, so will try again. Wishing you good fortune with the award process!

  11. Ruby

    Hope you have a great trip Liren. Thanks for this recipe – my kids have been nagging me for rice pudding but this looks far more interesting.

  12. Betty Ann @Mango_Queen

    I love this classic sweet dessert so much. Besides, you had me at #mango! Thanks for sharing! And congratulations again for being nominated! So thrilled for you! See you in a few days!

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