Eight Treasure Rice

  • Active Time 10m
  • Total Time 1h 20m

Serves 8

This is the celebrated eight-treasure rice eaten at Chinese New Year. In the early days of the Han dynasty (202 BC-AD 220), rice was considered a delicacy as millet was the staple grain. Eight-treasure rice depicts the almost spiritual significance of rice to the Chinese people, bringing good fortune and blessings to all at the beginning of a New Year.


  • 2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 3 cups glutinous rice

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 6 Chinese dried mushrooms, soaked 20 minutes in warm water, squeezed dry, stemmed, caps finely diced
  • 2 dried Chinese sausages (lup chiang), diced
  • 1 boneless chicken thigh, diced
  • 1 tablespoon dried shrimp, soaked 20 minutes in warm water, drained
  • 1/2 cup lotus seeds, soaked in cold water 3-4 hours, drained
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced bamboo shoots

  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon five spice powder
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 scallions, chopped


Combine the two types of rice and wash 3 times.

Heat the peanut oil in a wok until almost smoking. Stir-fry the mushrooms, Chinese sausages, chicken, dried shrimp, lotus seeds, onion and bamboo shoots for 1-2 minutes. Add the soy sauce, five spice powder, sesame oil and salt. Stir-fry to mix well.

Bring the rice to a rapid boil and continue to cook by the absorption method. When most of the water has been absorbed, add the stir-fried ingredients, mixing them through the rice. Simmer, covered, on low heat for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat, and allow to stand for 10 minutes.


Stir the rice with chopsticks, adding the chopped scallions. Remove the rice from the pot and pack into a lightly oiled bowl, pressing in firmly. (If preparing a day in advance, refrigerate in the bowl until just before needed.) Steam the rice in the bowl for 10 minutes, and invert to serve.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.

RecID 2614

nutrition information per serving

530 calories; 8g total fat; 8mg cholesterol; 605mg sodium; 100g carbohydrates; 4g fiber; 13g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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