Rice in Bamboo tube (or Krolan in Cambodian) is a type of sticky rice from terraced field and roasted in the bamboo tube to have special taste. The bamboo tube sticky rice is sometimes mixed with peanuts to have nice taste. The main ingredient of this is the fragrant sticky rice, which is planted in the countryside of Cambodia according to the techniques of Thailand. The short plants which gives high productivity and there’s little use of insecticide.
This is also the food of some South East Asia countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. In Cambodia, the Khmer Krolan is somehow simpler than the Krolan from its neighbor countries.
Nowadays, this food is often sold at the bus stop or rail stop with the cost from 2,000 to 4,000 riels (0.5-1.00 USD).
First of all, the bamboo tubes have to be prepared. A bamboo tree is cut into pieces at its joints, sothat the tube has only one way out for stuff in the sticky rice. Then the bamboo tubes are cleaned with water.
The ingredients are sticky rice soaked in water for 3 hours, then drain off; soybean soaked in water for 1 hour, then drains off; and grated coconut meat. Mix sticky rice, soybean and coconut meat together with a little salt and sugar. Stuff the sticky rice mixture into the bamboo tubes, use the banana leaf to plug up (or dry hay instead).
The fire place is set in the wide space where the coals are spread in long line. Tubes are places in the leaning position to a trunk. The tubes will be rounded until it is cooked well.
After about 30 to 40 minutes, the Krolan is ready. Before using, the outer layer of the tube must be removed to show the white cover.