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Sticky belly pork and rice wrapped in lotus leaves

Take a trip to a Chinese supermarket to pick up the ingredients for this quick and delicious meal.

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Ingredients

For the glutinous rice

  • 300g/10½oz glutinous rice

For the lotus leaf parcels

  • 1 tbsp peanut oil
  • 2.5cm/1in piece fresh root ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 small shallots, finely chopped
  • small handful of dried shrimps, soaked in hot water for 20 mins, then drained and finely chopped
  • 5 small, dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked in hot water for 20 mins, then drained and finely chopped
  • 300g/10½oz pork belly, cut into 0.5cm/¼in square cubes
  • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 tbsp Shoaxing rice wine (or dry sherry)
  • 600g/1lb 5oz cooked glutinous rice (from above)
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • pinch sea salt
  • freshly ground white pepper
  • 2 dried lotus leaves, soaked in hot water for 20 mins, then drained

For the pak choi stir fry

To serve

  • 1-2 spring onions, sliced into long strips, then placed in iced water and drained, to make curls