Lo mai gai

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Lo mai gai
2016 0716 Lo Mai Gai.jpg
Lotus leaf wrap
Alternative names Nuomiji
Course Dim sum
Place of origin Guangdong, China
Region or state Cantonese-speaking areas
Main ingredients Glutinous rice filled with chicken, Chinese mushrooms, Chinese sausage, scallions and dried shrimp
Variations Zongzi, Lotus leaf wrap
Cookbook: Lo mai gai  Media: Lo mai gai
Lo mai gai
Traditional Chinese 糯米雞
Simplified Chinese 糯米鸡
Cantonese Yale nohmái gāi
Hanyu Pinyin nuòmǐ jī
Literal meaning glutinous rice with chicken
Jan jyu gai
Traditional Chinese 珍珠
Simplified Chinese 珍珠
Cantonese Yale jānjyū gāi
Hanyu Pinyin zhēnzhū jī
Literal meaning pearl chicken

Lo mai gai (Chinese: 糯米雞; Cantonese Yale: noh mái gāi), is a classic dim sum dish served during yum cha.[1] The dish is also called by the literal English translations such as "steamed sticky rice with chicken in lotus leaf wrap."[1] The portion size of lo mai gai is generally quite large, so there is a smaller variant created known as jan jyu gai (Chinese: 珍珠雞; Cantonese Yale: jān jyū gāi; literally: "pearl chicken").


Lo mai gai is mostly a southern Chinese food. It contains glutinous rice filled with chicken, Chinese mushrooms, Chinese sausage, scallions and sometimes dried shrimp or salted egg.[1][2] The ball of rice is then wrapped in a dried lotus leaf and steamed.[1] In North America, banana, or grape leaves may be used instead.


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  1. ^ a b c d Hsiung, Deh-Ta. Simonds, Nina. Lowe, Jason. [2005] (2005). The food of China: a journey for food lovers. Bay Books. ISBN 978-0-681-02584-4. p27.
  2. ^ Sunflower (4 July 2009). "Lo Mai Gai 糯米雞 (lotus leaf wrapped chicken rice)". Retrieved 15 August 2012.