Sticky Rice Roll (Fan Tuan)


Enjoy a taste of Taiwan with these delicious sticky rice rolls filled with pickled vegetables, egg, pork floss, and a fried donut.

Fantuan or (飯糰)  is a popular Taiwanese breakfast food item that typically consists of egg, fried donut (youtiao), and salty and sour condiments all stuffed inside of sticky rice. There are many other filling options, but the traditional ones consist of the ingredients mentioned above. It is particularly convenient for people who need a quick grab-and-go breakfast while on the way to work. Whenever I go back to Taiwan, I eat so many fantuans because it’s not only delicious, but also incredibly cheap (~$1.50). Pairing it with soy milk is just *chef’s kiss*.

To make this simple dish, you will need some ingredients that can only be found in East Asian grocery stores. You will need:

  • Glutinous rice: type of rice grown in Southeast and East Asia that becomes sticky when cooked. The rice grains are small.
  • Sour pickled mustard greens: sour greens that are commonly used in Asian dishes such as braised pork rice and stir-fried meats
  • Dried daikon radish: salty preserved radish, often used in egg and stir fry dishes
  • You tiao: airy fried dough stick, typically used in savory dishes. This can be homemade or store-bought.
  • Pork floss: shredded dried pork meat

Sticky Rice Roll

yield: 4 large rolls, 8 halves

total time: 50 min

Ingredients:

  • 460 g. or 2 1/2 c. glutinous short-grain rice
  • 70 g. or 1/2 c. pickled mustard greens
  • 5 mL or 1 tsp. chili oil
  • 70 g. or 1/2 c. pickled daikon radish
  • 35 g. or 1/2 c. pork floss
  • 8 long, thin slices of cucumber
  • 4 fried dough sticks (You tiao)
  • 4 pan-fried eggs
  • Hoisin sauce, optional

Directions:

  1.  Soak the glutinous rice for at least 4 hours. Rinse and drain. Steam rice for 45 min. over medium heat. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  2. Wash the pickled mustard greens and chop. Saute with chili oil. Set aside
  3. Wash the daikon radish and saute. Set aside.
  4. Place a piece of plastic wrap down; I put mine on a bamboo mat to help with rolling. Spread sticky rice on the plastic wrap (it helps to wear plastic gloves to prevent sticking). Add on a drizzle of hoisin sauce 2 tbsp. chopped mustard greens, 2 tbsp. daikon radish, 2 slices cucumber, 2 tbsp. pork floss, 1 egg, and 1 youtiao. Wrap the rice roll up with plastic wrap by compacting all the ingredients into the rice. Cut in half and enjoy! Repeat for the remaining 3 rolls.

*Nutrition facts are estimates.

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