Boluo fan

Boluo Fan
Alternative names Pineapple rice
Type Rice
Place of origin China
Region or state Yunnan
Created by Dai people
Main ingredients Glutinous rice (purple and/or white), pineapple, raisins, almonds, coconut milk, rock sugar, salt
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Boluo fan (Chinese: 菠萝饭; pinyin: bōluófàn) or pineapple rice is a method of preparing rice for consumption that is used by the Dai people, a Tai cultural group residing in southern China.

Description of process

The rice (usually a mix of purple and white) is soaked overnight, then steamed for around an hour. A ripe pineapple is hollowed out by slicing the top off and removing the flesh or by cutting it lengthwise in two halves, the flesh is cut in small cubes.

The steamed glutinous rice then is mixed with the removed pineapple flesh, raisins, rock sugar, dash of salt, coconut milk and sliced almonds, filled back in the hollow pineapple, and steamed for another 20 minutes. Boluofan is a sweet staple, perfect as a side dish for hot and spicy Yunnan food and also goes well with Sichuan dishes.

Geographical extent

Similar techniques of preparation exist in other Tai-inhabited areas, i.e. Burma, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam.

See also

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