Burmese food is inevitably a ethnic cuisine with the flavors, the taste, and aroma. My all time favorite Burmese dessert is glutinous rice wrap filled with shredded coconut wrapped with a banana leaf. Traditionally made with fresh shredded coconut from the fruit, but mother made it with a bag of store bought shredded coconut. Diced peanuts can be added to the mix for additional flavor, for those who enjoy a more nutty dessert.
10-12 banana leaves
1-package of shredded coconut or 1-whole coconut (shredded)
1-package of rice flour (typically found at Asian markets)
2 tablespoons of white sugar (more or less to taste)
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1. Cut banana leaves to 6 to 8 inch long.
2. Boil banana leaves until soften.
3. Once soften remove banana leaves from water and place on baking pan to dry.
4. Open 1 bag of rice flour
5-6. Empty 95% of the content into a large bowl.
7. Leave 5% of rice flour in the bag for later usage.
8. Boil water in a kettle
9. Once the hot water is ready, slowly mix the hot water with the flour mixture. Make sure it is enough to mix, and not to over fill. Mix with your hand. Add additional 1/4 cup of cold water to mixture. Mix until a ball is form.
10. Prepare coconut either by shredding or empty the contents into a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of white sugar.
11. Separate dough into a ball larger than a golf ball but smaller than a tennis ball. Separate into a cave to place coconut mixture inside.
12. Close dough once coconut mixture inside.
13. Once the coconut mixture is inside and close, it should look similar to this.
14. Pour 1/2 cup of vegetable oil into a bowl, use your fingers to spread oil on to banana leaf. This is use for easy separation after done steaming.
15. Place the dough into the center of the oil banana leaf and fold into a square.
Use a steamer similar like this to steam the wraps. This can be found at most Asian markets.
16. Continue to wrap all dough until none are left
17. They should turn out similar to the ones shown here.
18. Last step is the steam for 30 minutes.
Once 30 minutes are up, unwrap and enjoy!