Hakka Rice Snacks: Umami Bombs

Hakka rice snacks, also known as sticky rice dumplings, are "greenish, glutinous objects" made from soft dough and any number of fillings. DaveCook recently tried two from a Chinatown bakery: One was full of sweet, sticky rice while the other contained a crunchy, slawlike filling. "The outside is flavored with mugwort and sweetened," says calf of the latter. "The savory filling includes shredded dried radish, mushrooms, pork, maybe also onion, dried shrimp. In other words, maximum umami."

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