Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Desserts & Drinks)

Sticky Rice with Fruit Coulis Recipe

(Gao Nep Voi Trai Cay Cu Li)

This makes a rather unusual looking dessert. You can change the food coloring and the fruit according to the season and taste. For example, you could use red coloring and make a lychee or kiwi fruit coulis, or you could leave the sticky rice white and make a mango coulis.

Ingredients : Serves 4

250 g

3 tablespoons


225 ml

375 ml

1 tablespoon

60 g

375 g

60 g

Glutinous rice, soaked in water for 5-6 hours

Palm sugar, chopped

Green food coloring (optional)

Coconut milk


Vegetable oil, for brushing

Desiccated coconut

Strawberries, hulled

Golden caster sugar, or to taste

Method :
  • Drain the rice and put it into a heavy-based saucepan with the palm sugar, food coloring, if using, coconut milk and water.

  • Bring slowly to the boil.

  • Reduce the heat and simmer until most of the liquid has been absorbed.

  • The rice will firm up as it cools.

  • Lightly oil 4 ramekins or moulds, press the rice into them and leave to cool.

  • Meanwhile, dry fry the desiccated coconut until it is golden, and set aside to cool.

  • Process the strawberries and caster sugar in a food processor or blender.

  • Turn out the rice on to individual dessert plates, carefully pour the strawberry coulis around the edge.

  • Sprinkle the tops with the toasted coconut.

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