A classic dim sum favourite, with a bit of a crispy twist! This satisfyingly chewy Chinese sticky rice (lo mai fan) with traditional ingredients tossed in with crispy sesame and onion bits for additional textures and flavours.

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When it comes to dim sum, one of my favourite dishes to order (and horde) is Chinese sticky rice made with Chinese sausage (lap cheong). There’s something absolutely satisfying about the little chewy grains of rice that makes this dish so spectacular.


Crispy Chinese Sticky Rice (Lo Mai Fan) | Dim Sum


One thing I did notice was not all Chinese sticky rice is created equal. I have had my fair share of flavourless and soggy\mushy Chinese sticky rice which is why it put me on a mission to create a flavourful and deliciously chewy Chinese sticky rice! I also put a spin on this and made it crispy for added textures and flavours because my curiosity for different flavours and textures got the best of me and I’m seriously addicted to my crispy bits topping.


Crispy Chinese Sticky Rice (Lo Mai Fan) | Dim Sum





For this Chinese sticky rice recipe, most of these ingredients can be found at an Asian grocery store or online.


When you are looking for sticky rice, it may be labeled as sticky rice, glutinous rice or sweet rice. For this particular recipe, I find the short grain sticky rice gives a nicer texture because it has a bit more of chewiness to it.


Ingredients for Crispy Chinese Sticky Rice (Lo Mai Fan) | Dim Sum


When you are looking for peanuts, try to find peanuts that have their shells removed and has no skin. The only reason why I used shelled peanuts is because it is usually what I have on hand since I snack on them a lot but buying them with no skin or shells will make life a whole lot easier πŸ˜‰


For the shiitake mushrooms, I usually have the dried ones on hand (they last forever!) so I usually use the dried ones but if you have fresh ones, you can use those too – but it will have a slightly softer texture. If you use the dried shitake mushrooms, remember to soak them in hot water for about 30 minutes or until they are soft before using them.


Egg is completely optional for this recipe. The egg is used to make thin ribbons and used as a topping at the very end.


Crispy Bits Ingredients

Crispy Topping Ingredients for Crispy Chinese Sticky Rice (Lo Mai Fan) | Dim Sum


The crispy bit toppings is a combination of sesame seeds, Japanese panko bread crumbs and fried onions – this is a topping that I love using to give any of my dishes a bit of crunch and flavour, like I did with my Crispy Jalapeno Poppers (Rangoon Style). However with all things, I tend to get bored easily with it so I made this a optional topping. Omitting this crispy topping will make this recipe the traditional Chinese sticky rice.


Crispy topping to go with the Crispy Chinese Sticky Rice (Lo Mai Fan) | Dim Sum
I like to make extras of this so I can put it on ALL THE THINGZ! πŸ™‚




Steaming the Rice

With sticky rice, I find it’s always best to give it a good soak before steaming it. Try to soak it for a minimum of 3-4 hours.

I find to get the rice at optimal chewiness, you have to steam it prior to frying it. You can also use a rice cooker but make sure you put in less water than it calls for, especially since it has already been soaked. We can always cook the semi raw rice when we are tossing everything together but we can’t fix overcooked mushy rice.


Crispy Chinese Sticky Rice (Lo Mai Fan) being steamed | Dim Sum


While we are cooking the rice, I like to also throw in the Chinese sausage (lap cheong) and the pre-soaked dried shrimp to give the rice a bit of flavour and to soften up the sausage a bit as well.

Once the rice has been cooked, it’s a cake walk from here πŸ™‚ All you really need to do is chop up all your ingredients and toss it together in the pan!


Crispy Chinese Sticky Rice (Lo Mai Fan) being prepared | Dim Sum


Troubleshooting Your Sticky Rice

If you are using a cloth to steam your rice like I did, soak your cloth first. It creates a more even steam around the whole bundle!


But what happens if you have rice that’s not fully cooked or a bit dried out from sitting out during the prep stage? Not to worry – we can fix that during the pan frying step. πŸ™‚ Once you add the rice into the pan and start mashing it together with the ingredients (yes, mashing it!) you can add in water 1 tablespoon at a time while you are mashing the rice to remove the clumps. I don’t recommend adding in water in large quantities because you can’t go backwards from mushy rice. When the rice starts to soften up and break apart more easily, do a taste test (just try not to do what I did, and eat a large portion of it! haha) if it tastes chewy and good to you – you’re good to go! If it’s still too dry then add another tablespoon of water and repeat until you get the desired texture.


Crispy Chinese Sticky Rice (Lo Mai Fan) | Dim Sum

Crispy Chinese Sticky Rice (Lo Mai Fan) | Dim Sum


Crispy Chinese Sticky Rice (Lo Mai Fan)

  • Author: Joyce | Pups with Chopsticks
  • Prep Time: 4 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Category: Side, Dim Sum, Asian
  • Cuisine: Chinese


A classic dim sum favourite, with a bit of a crispy twist! This satisfyingly chewy Chinese sticky rice (lo mai fan) with traditional ingredients tossed in with crispy sesame and onion bits for additional textures and flavours.


Crispy Bits (Optional)



  1. Soak the rice for a minimum of 4 hours. Preferably overnight
  2. Soak the shiitake mushrooms and dried shrimp in hot water for 30 minutes
  3. Finely chop the green onions and set aside

Steaming the Rice

  1. Set the stove to medium heat
  2. In a steamer, add in the rice, dried shrimp and Chinese sausage and steam it for 30 minutes. (Important, make sure you have enough water in the steamer so it doesn’t go dry within that 30 minutes, but don’t put too much water that it touches the rice bundle)

Making the Crispy Bits Toppings (Optional)

  1. Set the stove to low heat and add a bit of oil
  2. When the pan is hot, add in the sesame seeds, panko bread crumbs and fried onions and keep mixing so it doesn’t burn.
  3. Once it is golden brown, remove it from the heat and set aside for later

Making the Egg Ribbon Toppings (Optional)

  1. Set the stove to medium high heat and add a bit of oil into the pan
  2. In a small bowl, use a fork to beat the eggs until well mixed andΒ  frothy
  3. Once the pan is super hot, quickly add in the egg and swirl it around so it touches as much of the hot pan surface as possible. (The pan needs to be super hot for this to work, you want the egg to instantly cook when it touches the hot surface of the pan.) Keep swirling until there is no more raw egg to swirl
  4. Let it sit for a minute to dry out and cook the egg but watch it closely because eggs burn fast on medium high heat
  5. Remove the egg from the pan and let it cool
  6. Once it’s cooked, roll it up and cut them into ribbons, set aside to top at the very end.

Putting it Together

  1. Remove the Chinese sausage and dried shrimp and finely chop it
  2. Squeeze the excess water from the shiitake mushrooms. If a stem is still intact, cut it out and discard it (they are usually tough). Roughly chop up the shiitakes into small bits.
  3. Roughly chop the peanuts
  4. Set the stove to medium heat and add some oil into a frying pan
  5. Add in the peanuts and lightly toast it for 1 minute
  6. Add in the Chinese sausage and cook it to release some of the oils (approximately 1-2 minutes)
  7. Add in the dried shrimp and shiitake mushrooms and shaoxing rice wine and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  8. Add in the sticky rice and gently break it apart with the ingredients. This might take some light smashing to break apart, since sticky rice loves clumping together πŸ™‚ The goal is to try to seperate as much of the rice grains as possible.
  9. Mix the sugar with the soy sauce and add it in and continue to keep ‘smushing’ and mixing
  10. Add in the dark soy and mix it until the colour gets evenly distributed, keep mixing.
  11. At this point, do a taste test. Is it too dry? If it is, add 1 tablespoon of water and keep mixing. Repeat this step until you get the right chewy consistency you want.
  12. Add in the green onions and mix into the sticky rice
  13. (Optional) Add in the crispy bits and top it with the egg ribbons
  14. Enjoy! πŸ™‚


  • If you are wrapping the rice up in a cloth or cheese cloth to steam, soak the cloth with water to create a more even steam


  • Serving Size: 1 Serving
  • Calories: 243kcal
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 915 mg
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26 g
  • Protein: 10 g

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15 thoughts on “Crispy Chinese Sticky Rice (Lo Mai Fan)”

  1. It is a better time to eat this Crispy Chinese Sticky Rice (Lo Mai Fan) in a colder weather to keep body warmer. I would like to try to make this out myself, which I never do. I may need your further help if I encounter a bit problem during either in preparing or making or cooking. process. I know you always gladly to help out if asked. So, in this case, I should thank you in advance, Joyce

    1. Anytime you need any help, just give me a shout! πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy!

    1. Is it bad I treat this as a main and hoard this to myself? hmmm haha πŸ™‚

  2. This sounds INCREDIBLE! I feel like I always choose the wrong Chinese restaurant and end up with disappointing rice (boooo!). Can’t wait to try it on my own at home!

    1. Hope you enjoy it! Sticky rice is definitely definitely sometimes a hit or miss but totally worth making because its soooo addictive so you can double up the batch and eat it for twice as long haha! πŸ™‚

  3. The sausage is a new twist, I haven’t seen this before. It looks amazing, definitely saving this for later:)

    1. The funny thing about this sausage is, although it’s cured – you almost always need to cook it to eat it and its more sweet than salty! I hope you have a chance to find it and try it out! πŸ™‚

  4. This looks totally delicious. I’ve been looking for new rice dishes to try this might it.

  5. ooooh yes!!! that crispy topping sounds unreal, and i can easily imagine fried garlic in there too :3 also, what’s the difference between no mai fan and lo mai fan? (i’m kind of assuming they’re the same thing, but google is being unhelpful right now lol).

    1. haha gotta love the garlic and crispies right? πŸ˜€ I think no mai fan and lo mai fan are the same thing but different pronounciation. Kinda like the word ‘you’ can be said as lei or nei. That’s my understanding of it anyways! πŸ˜€

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