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Xôi Gac: Vietnamese New Year Red Sticky Rice

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Servings: 8-10

Xôi is a Vietnamese dish made from sticky rice that can be sweet or savory. Many variations exist and they can all be enjoyed at any time of the day. Indeed, xôi can be eaten as a breakfast, main course, dessert or even as a snack. Xoî gac can be distinguished by its orange-red color representing luck and prosperity. This type of xôi is usually served at weddings or during Lunar New Year (Tet) meals.


  • 600g sticky rice
  • Coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp Chinese white cooking wine
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp baby jackfruit paste
  • Banana leaves


  • Steamer


Soak the sticky rice in a bowl of water overnight. The next day, rinse it 2 or 3 times. Drain it, then let it air dry for 15 minutes.

Combine the white rice wine, baby jackfruit paste, sticky rice and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir until the mixture is homogeneous and the rice is completely covered with the baby jackfruit paste. Prepare your steamer and cover the inside with banana leaves. Pour the red rice on top of them and steam it for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix the coconut milk with the sugar. After 10 minutes, open the steamer and pour some sweet coconut mixture over the rice. Stir the rice, then close the steamer. After 5 minutes, reopen the steamer and pour a little more of the sweet coconut mixture over the rice. Stir. Repeat these operations every 5 minutes.

The total cooking time of the xôi gac should be 20-25 minutes. Once the cooking is finished, take the rice out of the steamer and let it cool before serving it.

Serving suggestion

You can use one of our wooden molds to give your xôi gac a nice shape before serving it.

  • Sku: REC504
  • In stock