Xoi Vo Recipe Mung Bean Sticky Rice

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Xoi vo is a subtly sweet glutinous rice that is made of with crumbled/crush (vo means to crush/crumble) mung beans. The consistency is more loose and dryer compared to other sticky rice such as xoi man, pandan sweet rice (xoi la dua), and xoi bap. This type of sweet rice is versatile because it can be eaten as breakfast, a snack, or a side dish to a dinner. As I grew up, I always wondered why my aunt, bac chin (nine), would use fabric to make xoi vo. I thought the yellow color of xoi vo came from the yellow muslin fabric she used, but now I realize the beautiful yellow color comes from steaming the rice and the yellow mung beans together.

Xoi Vo Mung Bean Sticky Rice
Printable Recipe

  • 2 cups of glutinous rice
  • 1 cup of yellow split mung beans
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut milk
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Soak the glutinous rice and yellow mung beans separately for at least 8 hours, but preferably overnight. Drain the glutinous rice and mung beans separately and let them dry naturally.

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Steam the mung beans for about 20-30 minutes. When cooled, mash the mung beans into thick paste with small clumps.

Mix the rice, salt, and mung beans and place the mixture in a steamer with a cheesecloth or muslin. Steam for about 15-20 minutes or until rice is done when soft and loses it’s opaqueness. When done, add the coconut milk and mix gently being careful not to mush the rice into clumps.

Enjoy xoi vo alone, with the sweet and salty sesame/peanut mixture, or with your favorite meat dish like ga roti :)

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23 Responses to “Xoi Vo Recipe Mung Bean Sticky Rice”

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    Ninette — November 4, 2009 @ 11:41 am

    Mmm. I love all forms of rice. I love your sesame/peanut river too!

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    Jessica@Foodmayhem — November 4, 2009 @ 2:04 pm

    Dang, next time I'm in LA, forget the restaurants….I'm going to your house. There's so much stuff you post here that I don't see in the NY restaurants, though I've kind of given up and stopped going to Vietnamese restaurants here.

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    The Little Teochew — November 4, 2009 @ 3:15 pm

    Love mung beans! Especially when they are made into vermicelli :) Lovely presentation of the rice.

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    yutjangsah — November 4, 2009 @ 3:39 pm

    I also love mung beans. We koreans eat fried mung bean pancakes. Have never had them with rice strangely enough but this looks good!

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    Gastronomer — November 4, 2009 @ 9:49 pm

    It looks like I've found fellow XOI FIENDS! I ate it everyday while living in Vietnam. You'll dig this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/49593052@N00/sets/72157622590469165/

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    Jackie at PhamFatale.com — November 5, 2009 @ 2:16 am

    My fav snack. Haven't done it in a while… Thanks for posting, it inspired me to make it again :)

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    Jen@Tiny Urban Kitchen — November 5, 2009 @ 3:20 am

    Looks great! You have really exposed me to so many types of Vietnamese food that I've never heard of! I love sticky rice. :)

    See you at the Foodbuzz conference?

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    ravenous couple — November 5, 2009 @ 4:58 am

    Ninette: There are more rice variations we'd love to explore and post more about. Thanks for stopping by

    Jessica@Foodmayhem: Come on over! There are so many Vietnamese restaurants around here but we love to cook and try different things too. Unfortunately NY doesn't have much Vietnamese food

    The Little Teochew: Never tried it with vermicilli noodles but sounds delish!

    Yutjangsah: Korean pancakes with mung beans sound so good right now:) We also put mung beans in Vietnamese crepes as well too.

    Gastronomer: thanks for sharing. we're becoming xoi fiends too!

    Jackie @ PhamFatale: Thanks for stopping by. We got inspired to make more batches of xoi and steam goodies and just bought a nice steamer

    Jen @ TinyUrban kitchen: That's great! We love opening folks up to many types of Vietnamese food. Thanks for sharing so many diverse asian recipes and sweet deserts!

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    Fresh Local and Best — November 5, 2009 @ 7:28 pm

    It's true there aren't too many good authentic Vietnamese restaurants in New York. I find your posts intriguing, giving me dish after dish to aspire.

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    ravenous couple — November 6, 2009 @ 4:18 am

    Fresh Local and Best: Although there aren't too many good authentic Vietnamese restaurants, we miss New York! Thanks for stopping by!

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    Nidhi — November 6, 2009 @ 5:30 pm

    I am bookmarking this ……shall try sometime and will let you know.

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    anna — November 6, 2009 @ 11:20 pm

    Aw, I don't have a steamer. :( I've always wanted to try making this at home. Is there another way?

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    Selba — November 7, 2009 @ 12:15 am

    Interesting dish and I would love to try it! I usually eat mung beans porridge or drink mung beans juice :)

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    Tuty — November 7, 2009 @ 12:41 am

    Oh.. I love the bamboo steamer. May I know where you got it? It's a traditional steamer in Indonesia too.

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    mycookinghut — November 7, 2009 @ 10:41 am

    I've never tried this kind of rice.. looks delicious!

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    Zoe — November 7, 2009 @ 4:26 pm

    Wow. Xoi vo` is my favorite. You can make everything so yummy.

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    Ravenous Couple — November 10, 2009 @ 1:54 am

    Nidhi: Let us know how xoi vo goes for you!

    Anna: A bamboo steamer is pretty cheap! On amazon, it's around 13 bucks…or your rice cooker may have one..let us know if you make it!

    Selba: mung beans are so versatile!

    tuty: we got it at a local asian grocery, but you can buy it on amazon too!

    mycookinghut: thanks!

    Zoe: Thanks for your support…we try our best!

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    {kiss my spatula} — November 12, 2009 @ 5:16 am

    this dish brings back so many childhood memories. i could eat bowlful after bowlful!

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    david from hanoi — August 8, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

    Up north, we call this stuff xoi xeo (xôi xèo). My favorite breakfast food, with crispy fried shallot shavings as well as the peanuts!

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    Genie — November 22, 2011 @ 8:37 am

    You can’t cook the mung beans and rice in a rice cooker together on short, sweet rice setting? My rice cooker comes with different settings for each type of rice grain.

    • The Ravenous Couple replied: — November 22nd, 2011 @ 11:36 am

      we haven’t tried cooking the sweet rice in the cooker but it’s worth a shot!

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    Duc Nguyen — May 7, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

    Xoi ddau xanh is one of my favorite. Thank you for sharing

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    Pam — July 15, 2013 @ 4:32 am

    How long do you let them “dry naturally” after soaking? 30 mins… couple hours?

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