Vietnamese Xoi Man Recipe (Savory Sticky Rice)

When talking about the variety of Vietnamese Sticky Rice, we can’t skip Xoi Man – Savory Sticky Rice, a top-of-mind dish for breakfast of Vietnamese people. The combination of warm, fragrant sticky rice with various toppings such as Chinese sausage, Vietnamese Pork Sausage, Pâté, Pork Floss… makes the dish perfect for a nutritious but still-a-quick meal. Let’s do it.

Xoi man Recipe
Vietnamese Xoi Man

What is Xoi Man?

In Vietnamese language, “Xoi” refers for the dish made by steaming sticky rice. We can combine many other ingredients with sticky rice, for example black beans to get Black Bean Sticky Rice (Xoi Dau Den), or peanuts to become Peanut Sticky Rice (Xoi Dau Phong). With Xoi Man, “Man” means “Savory”, referring the savory taste of the dish. This is because the toppings used in Xoi Man (Pork floss, Vietnamese Ham, Chinese Sausage, Pâté, Quail Egg, Spring Onion Oil, etc.) are all savory.

The difference in the toppings/condiments along with sticky rice leads to the difference in the name and overall taste of sticky rice dishes. Usually, Vietnamese Sticky Rice is slightly sweet, like Black Bean/Red Bean/Peanut/ Gac/Mung Bean sticky rice, except Xoi Man. This sets Xoi Man apart from other types of Vietnamese sticky rice.

Xoi Man

One more interesting thing is the variety of Xoi Man’s Toppings. You can see these toppings come from different cuisines, from Vietnamese Ham to Chinese sausage and French Pâté. It’s hard to find out the exact answer why there is this combination, but in fact Vietnamese cuisine is inspired a lot by Chinese and French cuisine due to historical events in the past. Vietnamese Xoi Man is an obvious example, beside Vietnamese baguette (Banh Mi, Banh Mi Chao) or Mooncakes.

Ingredients for Vietnamese Savory Sticky Rice

Xoi Man Toppings

Beside sticky rice, there is a plenty of toppings to enjoy in Xoi Man. The most common toppings are:

  • Pork Floss: You can select Vietnamese Pork Floss or Chinese Pork Floss. In general, they are not too much different. Find it easily in Asian Grocery Stores, or even make it yourself.
  • Vietnamese Ham (Cha Lua): Although Vietnamese Ham is not as diverse as other cuisines like Italian or French, there are also several variations for you to choose. Beside the basic, most common ham made of Pork, its variations include Pork ham with Pork skin along, Beef Ham, or Ham containing cinnamon powder.
  • Vietnamese Fermented Pork (Nem chua): Another cold dish made from Lean Pork and Pork Skin. After processing and wrapped in Guava leaves or Banana leaves, it’s fermented to get a sweet-sour flavor.
  • Chinese Sausage (lap cheong): Vietnamese people widely accept Chinese Sausage as a part of everyday foods. Also made from lean pork and pork fat, it has a sweet & savory taste and is quite high in fat.
  • Pâté: This is a familiar dish globally, adding a very creamy and fat flavor to Xoi Man.
  • Quail Egg: People often boil quail eggs, peel them, and add to the dish to add more proteins to the dish.
  • Spring Onion Oil & Fried Shallot: The aroma from Spring Onion is a perfect match for a savory dish. Fried Shallot adds a bit crunchiness and its special aroma to the dish as well.
  • Many things more: You can try adding Shredded Chicken Breast or Crispy Roasted Pork Belly, it’s so delicious!

Note that the toppings for Vietnamese Savory Sticky Rice is always flexible. You can remove some depend on your preference and the availability or add many things more. Keep in mind that the toppings should match the overall savory flavor of the dish.

How To Make Xoi Man

Step 1. Cooking Sticky Rice

  • Of course, the main ingredient of this dish is sticky rice. To cook sticky rice, you can cook in a rice cooker, an instant pot or steam it. If you cook in rice cooker or instant pot, rinse the sticky rice with water several times, then add a small amount of water so that it just covers the rice in the pot and cook in 15 minutes. For steaming, although it’s more difficult, you can achieve the best texture and flavor of sticky rice. Soak the rice in at least 6 hours and steam in 15-30 minutes. Refer to detailed guide on cooking sticky rice here.
How to cook sticky rice in steamer

Step 2. Preparing Toppings

While waiting for the sticky rice to be cooked, you can start preparing the toppings. Many toppings are ready to go, such as pork floss and Vietnamese Ham.

  • Frying Chinese Sausage (lap cheong): In a skillet, add 2-3 sausages and turn on medium heat. You don’t have to add more cooking oil, as the fat from sausages will flow out. Fry until the lower side are scorched, then flip. Total frying time is around 3-5 minutes.
Vietnamese Xoi man
  • Making Onion Oil: Wash a handful of Spring Onion then chop it. Heat up cooking oil until boiling then add chopped onion and turn off the heat.
  • Cutting Vietnamese Ham: Cut the ham into small strips.
  • Boiling Quail Eggs: The quail egg in Xoi Man is usually hard-boiled quail eggs. Boil the eggs in around 10 minutes to achieve hard-boiled eggs.
  • Other Toppings (Pork Floss, Pâté…) are all ready to use.

Step 3. Incorporating Xoi Man

  • In a dish or a box, add cooked sticky rice first, then add all available toppings on. Finally, garnish Spring Onion Oil & Fried Shallot on top and enjoy.
Xoi man Recipe

Vietnamese Xoi Man - Savory Sticky Rice

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes

When talking about the variety of Vietnamese Sticky Rice, we can’t skip Xoi Man – Savory Sticky Rice, a top-of-mind dish for breakfast.

Ingredients

Instructions

Step 1. Cooking Sticky Rice

  • Of course, the main ingredient of this dish is sticky rice. To cook sticky rice, you can cook in a rice cooker, an instant pot or steam it. If you cook in rice cooker or instant pot, rinse the sticky rice with water several times, then add a small amount of water so that it just covers the rice in the pot. For steaming, although it’s more difficult, you can achieve the best texture and flavor of sticky rice. Soak the rice in at least 6 hours and steam in 15-30 minutes. Refer to detailed guide on cooking sticky rice here.  How to cook sticky rice in steamer

Step 2. Preparing Toppings

While waiting for the sticky rice to be cooked, you can start preparing the toppings. Many toppings are ready to go, such as pork floss and Vietnamese Ham.

  • Frying Chinese Sausage (lap cheong): In a skillet, add 2-3 sausages and turn on medium heat. You don’t have to add more cooking oil, as the fat from sausages will flow out. Fry until the lower side are scorched, then flip. Total frying time is around 3-5 minutes.Vietnamese Xoi man
  • Making Onion Oil: Wash a handful of Spring Onion then chop it. Heat up cooking oil until boiling then add chopped onion and turn off the heat.Make mỡ hành
  • Cutting Vietnamese Ham: Cut the ham into small strips.Vietnamese Xoi man
  • Boiling Quail Eggs: The quail egg in Xoi Man is usually hard-boiled quail eggs. Boil the eggs in around 10 minutes to achieve hard-boiled eggs.Boil Quail egg
  • Other Toppings (Pork Floss, Pâté…) are all ready to use.Xoi Man ToppingsSeveral toppings for Xoi Man

Step 3. Incorporating Xoi Man

  • In a dish or a box, add cooked sticky rice first, then add all available toppings on. Finally, garnish Spring Onion Oil & Fried Shallot on top and enjoy.Xoi Man
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 150g
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 635

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