Easy Asian Glutinous rice flour recipes that go beyond Asian desserts such as Chinese Nian Gao and Japanese Mochi. We also have Filipino Kalamay and savoury recipes such as Dumplings and Korean kimchi!
Although both are white fine powder with a powdery texture, they cannot be used interchangeably. The 2 types of flour are made from different varieties of rice (long grain rice grains vs glutinous rice which comes in both long and short grain sticky rice) and have different textures after cooking/ baking.
If you're looking for substitutes for glutinous rice flour, such as tapioca starch and potato starch, click here. (I'll go into which substitutes can produce a similar chewy texture and which are only good as a thickening agent.)
How to Use
Also known as sweet rice flour, glutinous rice isn't actually sweet.
Rather, it is used for the chewy texture it produces (after being mixed with a liquid.) (It's called glutinous rice flour in China and South East Asia, whilst Korea and Japan use the term sweet rice flour.)
This fine flour is most commonly used in Asian cuisine desserts but I also have some savoury glutinous rice flour recipes below. In addition, it is 1 of the most popular gluten-free flours for bakers with celiac disease. You can also use it as a gluten-free option when thickening foods such as stews, sauces and soups.
Note: the snacks made with glutinous rice flour are so sticky, if they're not chewed properly, they can get stuck in the throat and suffocate you so CHEW CAREFULLY.
In Japan, a few people die each year from seemingly innocuous mochi so care should be taken when glutinous snacks are served to the very young or old.
Where to Buy
Glutinous rice flour has become quite widely available.
It used to only be available in Asian markets (typically the Thai brand Erawan) but, with its popularity in gluten-free baking, you can now find it in some mainstream supermarkets under the Bob's Red Mill brand (labelled as sweet white rice flour.) Another popular sweet rice flour brand is Blue Star from Koda Farms.
These Chinese pumpkin rice cakes are a perfect way to use up pumpkin in fall!
They have a similar chewy texture to mochi but are much simpler to make!
Note: store them in an airtight container at room temperature. (When refrigerated, the glutinous dough will harden.)
Based on the Third Bakery mochi cupcakes in California, this is a delightful dessert with a crisp exterior and soft chewy interior.
Black Sesame Mochi Cupcakes
Glutinous Rice Balls
Sweet rice flour is the main ingredient in Chinese Mochi, or Tang Yuan. Some tang yuan don't even have fillings inside and are basically lumps of glutinous rice flour dough!
Vegan Mochi Cakes
Unlike traditional mooncakes, these are not covered by a golden brown layer but instead a translucent, thin skin made from glutinous rice. They come with various fillings but Lychee Mooncakes 荔枝冰皮月饼 are 1 of my favourites!
This soft and chewy Hawaiian cake has a tropical coconut flavour and is GF.
Kalamay Sa Latik
These 5-ingredient mango mochi are sweet and chewy!
You can also replace the mango with black sesame paste or even ice cream for more variety!
These gluten-free pancakes are naturally purple from the Ube and perfect for brunch!
Did you know that glutinous rice flour is used to make a "porridge" in traditional kimchi making?
Similar to Brazilian Pão de queijo, this Mochi Cheesebread is a delicious Asian appetiser! I first tried them at Luiz Hara's supper clubs and never forgot the taste!
They're crispy outside and soft inside. Remember to serve warm!
Ham Sui Gok 咸水角
Whilst glutinous rice flour is most commonly associated with Asian sweets such as tang yuan and mochi, did you know that it is also used to make dim sum such as Ham Sui Gok dumplings? (Some people use wheat starch but glutinous rice flour, which is easier to get hold of, works too.)
This crispy fried snack, filled with juicy pork and shrimp, is a very unique Chinese treat thanks to its texture and a must try!
This Hawaiian chicken recipe was brought to Hawaii by the Japanese and is delicious tender and crisp.
These pan-fried mochi dumplings are chewy thanks to the sticky rice flour used, with a crisp exterior.
Black Sesame Tong Sui
What is your favourite Asian sweet rice flour recipe?