April 8, 2011

Machang, Machang, Machang...

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seasoned sticky rice filled with pork belly, chestnuts, shiitake,
Chinese sausage, and crispy-fried shallots and garli

After posting the semi-authentic recipe for Machang 3 ½ years ago, I never visited my page again until I was told of the plagiarist. I admit the shaping is wrong and maybe the procedure is too which I pointed out on the first sentence. Machang suddenly became a mini obssession for me. I searched for a Filipino recipe online, still no luck, but recipes for Chinese sticky rice dimsum called zongzi are aplenty. And there are several shapes, seasonings, and fillings, including desserts, depending on the region and country; Malaysia has its own Nyonya Chang; take note of the name. Well, if there are many versions, then I guess I can create my own seasonings, shape it the traditional way, cook and wrap them in banana leaves just like the ones in Binondo, Manila. I love this machang; they came pretty close in flavor and texture to the ones I had in the Philippines.

recipe adapted from here

2 cups glutinous rice, soaked in water overnight and drained
1 tablespoon light olive oil
12 fresh shiitake, sliced into 4 pieces
1 pound roast pork belly, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
¼ teaspoon 5-spice powder
2 tablespoons crispy fried shallots
2 tablespoons crispy fried shaved garlic
2 tablespoons sesame seed oil
4 Chinese sausages, cut into ¼-inch slices
1 100gm packet roasted chestnuts, whole or halved
5-inch wide banana leaves
kitchen twine cut into 24-inch lengths
  • In a large pan or wok, heat oil and saute mushrooms. Add pork belly and saute for 1 minute. Add soy sauce, sugar, and 5 spice powder. Cook for 2 minutes, add the sesame seed oil. Using a slotted spoon, transfer pork and mushrooms into a large bowl; leave the liquid in the pan.
  • To the pork belly, mix in the shallots, garlic, chestnuts, and sausages, set aside.
  • Add the rice to the pan and stir cook until rice is partially cooked.
  • Take 2 leaves and overlap the soft sides by 4 inches. Make a cone with the leaves and support the bottom with your palm. Spoon 2 tablespoons of rice, tamp gently, then add the meat mixture; top with more rice, tamp to even the top. Fold the upper leaf down, bring together and fold, or trim excess if preferred. Tie with strings. Steam in rapidly boiling water for 1 hour.


Or watch this video from the same site on how to fill and shape machang/zongzi


Juliana said...

Oh! This comes with all the yummie stuff in it...love the chestnut, pork belly, mushrooms and sausage...nothing was missing...looks perfect. My mom used to make this, but I never had the courage to try :-) Great pictures as well Oggi. Have a great weekend :-)

ut-man said...

It looks so yummy, I bet it taste as good as well. I have my first taste of them while working in Singapore a few years back. They also come in all types of fillings, and they even have a rice dumpling festival. Now I am craving for one, I have to find out if machang is available down here.

cusinera said...

Oh wow....ang ganda, the stuffing looks delicious. Love the pics, the first one all I need is a fork=) And recipe procedure..2nd wow may video pa, you knock that copycat died=P

Oggi said...

Juliana, I understand why, this is tedious to make.:)

Noel, wow, a festival...Chinatown in Washington, D.C. probably has one also..I just haven't heard about it.:)

Althea, thanks. Nakaka addict.:)

Unknown said...

I have only saw that dish only once. It looks wonderful. Good job.

Anonymous said...

FCinally....the machang I was looking for ;))

Anonymous said...

for how long it can be preserved or stored

Oggi said...

Maybe less than a week. You can also freeze them.

Anonymous said...

so do you steam or boil it in water?

Oggi said...

The rice was soaked so I steamed them but you can also boil in water as long as they are well wrapped.

Oggi said...

Oops forgot to mention, the rice was partially cooked also.

Anonymous said...

In the Philippines a special machang is called 8 Treasures, aptly called because of the 8 ingredients/stuffings. So tasty and delicious!

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