Sticky Rice: Shades of Shimmer

Sticky Rice Mango

Sticky Rice Mango

Remember Shimmer? The combination floor wax/dessert topping dreamed up by Saturday Night Live and made real by NYU chemistry professor  Kent Kirshenbaum and pastry chef Will Goldfarb? Well, it turns out that the ancient Chinese may have had their own wacky combination of home maintenance item/dessert staple--sticky rice. A new paper in Accounts of Chemical Research reports that glutinous or sticky rice is a key component of the mortar in Nanjing's 600-year-old city wall. Researchers led by Bingjian Zhang of China's Zhejiang University detected the presence of amylopectin--a carbohydrate found in the rice--in chemical and instrumental analyses of the wall's mortar. They believe that Chinese masons working as far back as 1,500 years ago combined slaked lime with sticky rice soup to make the mortar and the argue that the same brew is best for repairing ancient structures. They even test different lime-sticky rice soup recipes to see which is best. Sadly, there's no mention of sweet mango in the mix.

Author: Bethany Halford

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  1. Ummm, if that wall tastes anything like sweet sticky rice I’ll eat it down to rubble in a week.

  2. You can find sticky rice with mango in Thailand. The combination of sticky rice that khean with coconut milk and mango is really delicious. This is one of the most favorite dessert of Thailand. ^_^ Try it..

  3. You can find sticky rice with mango in Thailand. The combination of sticky rice that khead with coconut milk and mango is really delicious. This is one of the most favorite dessert of Thailand. ^_^ Try it..
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