How To Make Sweet Rice or Bico (A Filipino Recipe)

Rice is a part of an important diet to a lot of people all over the world. In fact, it is considered a staple food for filipinos, other asian countries, middle eastern countries and even in Latin America. Some people thought it only contains carbohydrates but no, rice also has other nutrients like protein and others. Here is a list of its nutritional value:

Nutritional Value per 100g (3.5 oz)

Energy 370kcal 1530kJ

Carbohydrate 79u

Fat 0.66g

Protein 7.13g

Thiamin (Vit. B1) 0.70 mg 5%

Riboflavin (Vit. B2) 0.049 mg 3%

Niacin (Vit. B3) 1.6 mg 11%

Panthothenic acid (Vit. B5) 1.014 mg 20%

Vitamin B6 0.164 mg 13%

Folate (Vit. B9) 8ug 2%

Calcium 28 mg 3%

Iron 0.80 mg 6%

Magnesium 25 mg 7%

Phosphorus 115 mg 16%

Potassium 115 mg 2%

Manganese 1.088 mg

zinc 1.09mg 11%

There are many types of rice and one of them is the sweet rice or glutinous rice. Some people also call this as sticky rice, waxy rice or pearl rice. It is a type of short grained asian rice that is especially sticky when cooked. It is grown in China, Japan, Vietnam, Laos and even in the Philippines. Glutinous rice does not contain gluten and thus should be safe for gluten-free diets. Gluten is usually found in wheat, rye and barley. So to all diet conscious out there don't forget to eat your fair share of rice.

Ventria Bioscience has genetically modified rice as lactoferrrin, lysozyme, and human serum albumin which are proteins found in breast milk. These proteins have antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal effects.

Rice containing these added proteins can be used as component in oral rehydration solutions which are used to treat diarrheal diseases, thereby shortening their duration and reducing recurrence. Such supplements may also help reverse anemia.

Japanese and Koreans make rice cakes from glutinous rice. The Chinese make a dish called nuomi fan from glutinous rice, sausage, barbecue and mushrooms.

In the Philippines, glutinous rice is called malagkit for the tagalogs and pilit for the visayans which literally means "sticky". One of the popular desserts or snacks made with glutinous rice is bico.

I have made a my own variation of cooking bico. Try this healthy and delicious dessert.

It is simple and easy recipe for you to make.

Cooking and Preparation Time: 20-30 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups sweet rice

2 cups water

1 can coconut milk

1 1/2 cup brown sugar

a small piece of ginger chopped and pounded

1/4 cup young shredded coconut

Cooking Instructions:

1. Rinse sweet rice and put 2 cups of water. Steam/boil for 15-20 minutes 

     cooked.

2. Mix ginger to the sweet rice. Set aside when cooked.

3. In a pan, place coconut milk and 1 1/2 cup brown sugar until brown.

4. Cook over low heat until it becomes sticky.

5. Separate half a cup for the toppings.

6. Mix the shredded young coconut to the remaining coconut milk with brown

    sugar.

7.Then mix the sweet rice.

8. Transfer it to the bowl or any dish then place the toppings.

            Now its ready to serve. Enjoy!

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Aya Katz 8 years ago from The Ozarks

Hibiscus-mel, great hub and recipe. I remember sticky rice fondly from my time in Taiwan.


Elizabeth31 8 years ago

Sounds yummy. I have had friends who have made sticky rice but never knew how to preapre it myself.


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hibiscus_mel 8 years ago from Marlton, New Jersey Author

Thank you for appreciating my hub Aya Katz.


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hibiscus_mel 8 years ago from Marlton, New Jersey Author

Yes, Elizabeth it is yummy. There are some people who don't like it to be that sweet so you can always adjust the amount of sugar you put in it. Then it will good enough for you.;-)


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christine almaraz 8 years ago from colorado springs

I've had it before with chicken adobo and it was great. I'll definitely try to make it. My husband's aunt is Filipino and he grew up eating her food. I can try my best to live up to her good food with your recipe. thanks.


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hibiscus_mel 8 years ago from Marlton, New Jersey Author

Thanks Cristine. I hope your husband will like this food. ;-)


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Edwin Clark 7 years ago from Thailand by way of New York

Thanks for the recipe, I had this more than a few times in Manila.


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hibiscus_mel 7 years ago from Marlton, New Jersey Author

Thank you for reading my hub Edwin.;-)


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Hendrika 7 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

This recipe looks yummy. I will not be able to use it as is with what is available in South Africa, but I'm going to do my best to get as close as possible!


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hibiscus_mel 7 years ago from Marlton, New Jersey Author

thanks for reading my hub hendrika.


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linjingjing 7 years ago

This article is very helpful to me


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linjingjing 7 years ago

Filipino Recipe

Writing good


mel0dy 7 years ago

i love bico it makes me happy............


Mimi 7 years ago

I used to bug my mom amd lola to make this for me all the time ... its sooo goood i may have to try it myself and i hope i do as good as them :)


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hibiscus_mel 7 years ago from Marlton, New Jersey Author

thanks for reading my hub linjingjing.;-)


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hibiscus_mel 7 years ago from Marlton, New Jersey Author

Lol, i hope you can make it Mimi.;-) Now you won't have to bug them.;-)


vhey 7 years ago

THANKS for the recipe. My kids and my husband loved it! I will be doing this again...


orange macachor 7 years ago

yes,elizabeth its good,but some people don't like it because they have a diabetes,,,and they don't want to have sugar.............


hibiscus_mel 7 years ago

did you read what I told elizabeth my dear orange macachor?


mickayla 7 years ago

is this also an Argentina recipe?


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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California'

I have a friend who is a huge fan of coconut milk so will definitely give this a try ;)


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pinkhawk 6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

...yummmy! one of my favorite sticky rice recipe, thank you for sharing your own version..^.^ (...I want to link this to my hub)


arian 5 years ago

i love bico it's so yummy


arian 5 years ago

i love bico it's so yummy


ej 2 years ago

i love bico


Malou 3 months ago

I'm going to try this bio recipe tomorrow. Thanks for posting.

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