Che Bap – Corn & Sticky Rice Pudding

Che Bap Recipe. Nuoc Dua Recipe. Vietnamese Recipe. Writing With Chopsticks.

It’s summertime, which means you can find fresh, sweet corn for a great deal at the local market.  This week, there’s a local market selling eight ears of corn for only a dollar!  Buy a whole buck worth of corn, grill a few, and save a few others for this week’s Mom’s 52 dessert recipe:  Che Bap – Corn & Sticky Rice Pudding.

*If you don’t have time to soak the sweet rice ahead of time, add 1/2 C. extra water and increase the cooking time at least another 15 minutes – test to taste doneness.

Che Bap – Corn & Sticky Rice Pudding

INGREDIENTS – makes 4 servings

  • 1/2 C. sweet rice, soaked for at least 4 hours*, drained
  • 4 C. water
  • 3 ears corn, husks & silk removed, shucked to remove the kernels
  • 3/4 C. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla

Optional Ingredients, for Nuoc Dua – Sweet Coconut Milk Topping:

  • 1 (5.6 oz) can coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp. water

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DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the drained sweet rice with 4 C. water.  Heat on high and bring to a low boil.  Adjust the heat to simmer the sweet rice for 15 minutes, stirring every few minutes to keep the sweet rice from burning at the bottom of the pan.

    Che Bap Recipe. Nuoc Dua Recipe. Vietnamese Recipe. Writing With Chopsticks.
    Make sure to stir the sweet rice often while cooking, to prevent burning.
  2. Add the corn kernels to the sweet rice.  Continue to simmer another 15 minutes, again stirring every few minutes.
  3. Add only 1/2 C. sugar to the pan at first.  Stir, and taste.  Depending on your taste, add up to 1/4 C. additional sugar if you like your Che Bap sweeter.

    Che Bap Recipe. Nuoc Dua Recipe. Vietnamese Recipe. Writing With Chopsticks.
    The sweeter your fresh corn, the less sugar you will need to add to Che Bap.
  4. In a small bowl, make a cornstarch slurry by mixing together 1 Tbsp. cornstarch with 1 Tbsp. water.  Add this to the Che Bap, and stir to slightly thicken.
  5. Add 1/4 tsp. vanilla to the Che Bap.  Stir.  Remove from heat.  Enjoy, or proceed to the optional next step.

OPTIONAL – To make the Nuoc Dua – Sweet Coconut Milk topping for Che Bap:  In a small saucepan, combine 1 (5.6 oz.) small can of coconut milk, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. sugar, and another slurry of 1 Tbsp. cornstarch + 1 Tbsp. water.  Bring it to a boil on low heat, stirring constantly.  When it boils, remove from heat, and it should thicken as it stands.  Spoon atop Che Bap before serving.



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