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Thai Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango

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As a small child, I decided that I liked rice.  I liked it a lot. I liked it steamed with soy sauce at the Chinese restaurant, or at home from an Uncle Ben boxed mix, and my favorite was in Mom's rice pudding.
Then one day, a guy I was seeing (back in college) took me on a date to a Thai restaurant.  It was very cozy and we had no idea what we were getting.  We pretty much pointed at things onthe menu and the waiter brought out amazing, delicious foods. One of those amazing things was dessert, sweetened rice with mango covered in coconut milk sauce. Khao Nieow Ma Muang. I was in love. With the food. Not the guy. (Sorry!)

I tried making it at home using regular rice, trying to adapt my mom's rice pudding recipe with medium grain rice. (I had not realized back then that glutinous rice existed  I was only 19 and fairly naive). Then I tried aborio rice, then sushi rice. At some point I became aware of glutinous rice. Regular supermarkets did not carry it. I had to be brave and go in…

Not everything ends up here

This is going to be short and brutally honest.

Not everything I make turns out well. Sometimes it takes me many, many, attempts to get it just right.

Last night I tried to make lumpia.  These are Filipino spring rolls filled with mostly pork and few vegetables.  I used a recipe I got from a graduate student who makes them all the time for pot-lucks.

They were not the same.  I don't know what was wrong. Seriously, I even bought everything from the special market on Oddie to make sure I got authentic ingredients.

No, I didn't even bother to take pictures, so there won't even be pictures of how they looked.  (They looked normal but didn't taste right.)

Brady said apparently I didn't have my Filipino mojo going on.

OK, maybe sort of.  But I did take a few extra lumpia wrappers and made some awesome banana rolls.  I have made these before and maybe eventually will post how to make them.  Turns out, I have intuitively made something like a Turon, simply because I like …