If you love Chinese dim sum, you’ve probably seen or tasted a popular snack called loh mai kai. Literally translated, it is steamed glutinous rice with chicken.
Loh mai kai is sticky, moist, rich with varying textures of the ingredients steamed together with the rice. Ultimately, it is very delicious!
Often times, the dim sum dish you see in Chinese restaurants are wrapped and steamed with tasty ingredients including minced pork, dried shrimp, chestnuts, gingko nuts, beans and even salted egg.
So in spite of its name, chicken is not necessarily the only ingredient with rice. Loh mai kai can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish.
The signature appearance is the lotus leaf used to wrap the rice mixture. When steamed, the lotus leaf imparts a unique aroma and flavour into the rice.