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Lemon grass- coconut rice pudding

Lemon grass- coconut rice pudding
Los Angeles Times

One hot, steamy afternoon in Singapore, I dropped into Bumbu, a Thai-Indonesian restaurant in an old district near the famous Sultan Mosque. I hardly noticed the charming colonial ambience of the small, dark room, nor the alluring dishes on the ... Read more

Total time: 1 1/2 hours, plus 1 hour standing time | Serves 8
Note: Adapted from Lisa Gardner, pastry chef at Maple Drive.


  • 2 (14-ounce) cans coconut milk
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh ginger, wrapped in cheesecloth
  • 1 stalk lemon grass, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 cup Calrose rice
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

Step 1In a large pot, combine the milks, vanilla bean, cinnamon stick, ginger and lemon grass. Bring to a boil and boil 5 minutes, then turn the heat off. Let the mixture steep for 10 minutes.

Step 2Add the rice to the milk mixture. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Cook until the rice is soft in the center but not mushy, about 30 minutes.

Step 3Mix the egg yolks, eggs and sugar in a large bowl. Remove the cinnamon stick, lemon grass, vanilla bean and ginger from the rice mixture. Slowly pour the rice mixture into the eggs, stirring constantly to prevent the eggs from scrambling.

Step 4Pour the mixture back into the pot. Continue cooking until it begins to thicken, about 5 minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.

Step 5Pour the pudding into a clean large bowl and add the butter. Stir until the butter is melted. Cool in an ice bath.

Coconut tuile cookies

  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

Step 1Mix the coconut, sugar and flour in a large bowl. Add the melted butter and orange juice and mix well. Let the mixture stand for 1 hour, covered.

Step 2Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Spread 1 1/2-inch circles of batter on the paper. Bake until golden brown, about 6 to 8 minutes. (Cookies will spread to 3 to 3 1/2 inches wide.) Cool and remove from pan. Set aside. Makes about 25 cookies.

Mango-papaya sauce

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 papaya, peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 1/2 mango, peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

Step 1In a small saucepan, make a simple syrup by bringing the sugar and water to a boil, then lowering the heat and simmering until the sugar dissolves. Cool.

Step 2Combine the syrup in a blender with the papaya and mango. Puree until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, then stir in the orange juice. Makes 1 1/2 cups.


  • Pudding
  • Coconut tuile cookies
  • Mango-papaya sauce
  • 1 mango, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 papaya, seeded and finely chopped

Step 1Spoon about 2 heaping tablespoons of chilled pudding onto each dessert plate. Place a cookie on top. Add 2 tablespoons of pudding on top of the cookie, then add another cookie and top with 1 heaping tablespoon of pudding.

Step 2Spoon the mango-papaya sauce around the pudding and on the edges of the cookies. Combine the chopped mango and papaya and sprinkle about one-fourth cup of the fruit over and around each dessert.

Each serving:
735 calories; 11 grams protein; 74 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams fiber; 47 grams fat; 34 grams saturated fat; 256 mg. cholesterol; 71 mg. sodium.
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