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Sticky Rice Steamer (Huwt Nung Kow)


Thai people eat a lot of steamed food and they have their own style of steamer. You can see from the photograph that it looks like an upturned hat made of reeds inside a tall (about 20cms, 8 inches) aluminium steaming pan.

It has some advantages over a regular western pan steamer: The base of the hat sits inside the pan so the food is steamed from all sides not just the base. Also when steaming sticky rice the rice can sit as a ball in the base of the steamer, and to turn the rice over it is simply a matter of 'flipping' it inside the reed basket.

It is not normally necessary to clean this steamer. If it has been used for stick-rice, let the rice dry then brush it off the steamer with a hard brush. It is usually enough to simply let this steamer dry out and brush or shake off food residues.

Thais also use the Chinese steamer for flatter foods, this steamer is mainly used to steam sticky (glutinous) rice and to steam parcels of food.

Comments (4)



is it possible to order one of these sticky rice steamer? i live in paris/ france and i am not sure if you also send it to france...

thank you very much,
best regards,
fanny richter

[Appon] You have a large Chinatown in Paris and you can buy these in this store and many others:

Chris Davis:

Hi there
I've been trying to buy one of these rice steamers but cant find one anywhere. I like in Aberdeen, Scotland, any idea where i can get one

No sorry, but remember you can lay down foil in a regular steam, cut slots to let the steam in and steam it on that.

Shonagh :

i was wondering even if you can't buy one of those steamers is it possible to get it sent to you if you live in Aberdeen, Scotland? also do you know if there is a thai shop or some other oriental shop in Aberdeen where i can buy the rice (sticky rice)?

thank you shonagh

[Appon]Sorry, I don't know.


You can find these at Import Foods, though they only ship to the US and Canada - but you could email and ask if they know where to get them online in Europe -

This page also has instructions for using the steamer set.

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