Pok Pok Coconut Rice Recipe (Khao Man Gati)
Pok Pok's Papaya Salad with Coconut Rice & Sweet Pork (Khao Man Som Tam)
Coconut Rice Recipe (Khao Man Gati)
This Thai Coconut Rice recipe is prepared with jasmine rice cooked with coconut milk in an electric rice cooker, with a bit of sugar and salt for a pleasing balance of flavors. Coconut Rice is eaten as part of the main meal, and in this menu with Papaya Salad and Sweet Pork.
- 2 cups uncooked Thai jasmine rice
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut cream (preferably boxed)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons superfine sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 3/4 cups water
- Put the rice in a fine-mesh strainer set inside a large bowl and fill the bowl with enough cool tap water to cover the rice by an inch or two. Use your fingers to gently stir the rice, then lift the strainer to drain. The water in the bowl will be white and cloudy. Empty the water, set the strainer in the bowl again, and repeat the process until the water that covers the rice is, more or less, clear. You’ll probably have to change the water two or three times. Drain the rice, gently shaking it occasionally, until it is fully dry to the touch, about 15 minutes.
- Combine the rice, coconut cream, sugar, salt, and the 1 3/4 cups of water in a rice cooker. Mix well with your hands, then cover, press the button, and let the cooker do its thing.
- Once it’s done, let the rice sit in the rice cooker on the warm setting with the cover on for about 20 minutes. Fluff the rice: Use a fork to gently rake the top few layers of rice to separate the grains, and gradually rake the next few layers and so on, working your way toward the bottom. Try your best not to break or smash the grains. You might see brown flecks of caramelized coconut cream at the bottom—congratulations.
- The coconut rice will stay warm in the rice cooker for several hours.
This is the second recipe to make Chef Andy's Papaya Salad with Coconut Rice & Sweet Pork (Khao Man Som Tam).
Each part of this menu is a classic dish in Thai cuisine in its own right and can be made separately if preferred. See Sweet Pork (Muu Waan) and Papaya Salad (Som Tam Thai) to follow the other parts of this classic Thai meal from Chef Andy Ricker's Pok Pok cookbook.
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Pok Pok: Food & Stories from the Streets, Homes, & Roadside Restaurants of Thailand
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Authors: Andy Ricker with JJ Goode
Recipe & Image Copyright © 2013 Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand; Images and Recipes are used with permission; published by Ten Speed Press; ISBN 9781607742883