Self made fermented sticky rice/ rice wine authentic Sichuan/Szechuan food recipe #36 自制酒釀

By Brian Lemay 15 comments

Hi guys, here is Yi. Fermented rice or called “jiu liang” is a crucial ingredient for many Chinese local snacks. It adds extra flavour but also sometimes works like yeast in Chinese cuisine. You can use the same method to brew rice wine or make a Chinese dessert. Depends on the rice leaven you use, the recipe can be slightly different. So just follow the instruction on the package. Here I use 500g of sticky rice, soak them in cold water overnight or even 24 hours until they’re easily breakable with our fingertips. I like to steam them with a steamer and a silicon sheet underneath for about 30 mins. However, you can also just cook them with a bit of water. The sticky rice can be quite hot after steaming. A high temperature might kill our leaven, so try to cool it first before moving onto the next step. Here I’m using a rice leaven which I bought on my last trip to China. You can also use it to brew rice wine, which is somewhat a sweet rice drink with very little alcohol content. Dissolve 4g of rice leaven into 370ml of lukewarm water. Once the rice is cooled, pour in the leaven liquid straight into the rice and lose them slightly with a spatula. Poke a little well in the middle, which will be filled with rice wine and help us determine if the rice is successfully fermented. Sprinkle a bit more leaven on the surface and cover the pot with a lid. Let it rest in the temperature around 30-degrees c for about 36 hours. After about 1 and half days we could already smell the wine. We can use the liquid to make our Chinese old dough something very similar to sourdough. The rice, on the other hand, is a crucial ingredient for many Chinese traditional desserts. Store our fermented rice in a clean and sealable container in the fridge. It will turn even sweeter after a couple of
days. They can last for at least a month if they’re correctly refrigerated.


Vincent jeremy

Oct 10, 2017, 6:14 pm Reply

I was looking for that haha 我很喜欢米酒和甜酒


Oct 10, 2017, 8:46 pm Reply

Do you know of a substitute for rice leaven, Yi, maybe there is none?

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Oct 10, 2017, 10:47 am Reply

So yummy and healthy!!:)

John Smith

Oct 10, 2017, 5:16 pm Reply


Ankush Sharma

Jun 6, 2018, 6:17 am Reply

Girl in video is really cute

Paprika Namjin

Jun 6, 2018, 7:48 am Reply

can I use bread yeast or wine yeast?


Aug 8, 2018, 9:54 pm Reply

Last for a month? I thought you ferment it for a month or 2


Aug 8, 2018, 7:28 pm Reply

Fusion Food Blog, how "very little alcohol content" does the Angel's Rice Leaven make? I am trying to make 0% alcoholic drink, if possible. I just want the sweetness, not alcohol. The ingredients on the sachet I could see are only rice flour and Rhizopus oryzae. I cannot find data about Rhizopus oryzae converting sugars to alcohol (this is the reason why yeast must be separately added to koji in making sake). If there is alcohol then it must be from the rice flour, wild yeast. I am guessing in a sterile environment such as a laboratory, the results could be very different.


Nov 11, 2018, 3:49 pm Reply

Is it possible to reproduce the yeast?

andromeda galaxy

Jan 1, 2019, 10:26 am Reply

Is it alcoholic?


Jan 1, 2019, 2:39 pm Reply

Is 1 ball of the yeast too much for 260gms of glutinous rice? How much water to mix with the yeast ?

Kharr Kharr

May 5, 2019, 12:34 pm Reply

When it is ready by 3 days, can I use both liquid and those rice left in the bowl. Or rice cannot be used at all? Because I threw away the rices. 🙁

Thomais de Fois

Jun 6, 2019, 12:16 am Reply

thank you 🙂

Amir m

Jun 6, 2019, 5:43 pm Reply


Ian Bruce

Jul 7, 2019, 4:13 am Reply

Great video! I bought the same Angel leaven at a Lotus supermarket on my last trip to Shantou. I’m just a 老外, but I’m getting great results. 😉

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