Particles & Waves – Sweet & Salty

We often deal with different representations of light … in the form of particles or, alternatively, as waves. Today we prove how everything fits together, and we do that through a practical experiment. For this we need:

40 g       cocoa powder
1 l           water
185 g      glutinous/sticky rice
100 g      sugar
355 ml   evaporated milk

In a pot over high heat, bring 3/4 of the water to boil. Add the glutinous rice and let it cook for 5 minutes, stirring from time to time. So much for the particles.
Dissolve cocoa powder in the remaining 1/4 of warm water. Make sure all lumps are gone. Pour cocoa mixture into the pot of rice and continue cooking until it gets thicker. Turn heat to medium-low. Add the sugar and stir occasionally to prevent rice from sticking at the bottom of the pot. Add more water if it gets too thick and the rice is not yet done.
Remove from heat once the glutinous rice is done and the desired consistency is achieved. Keep in mind that the glutinous rice will continue to expand and absorb the liquid even after cooking.
Serve the dish with some evaporated milk on top. It is well perceived as a chocolate-salt combination, so it is recommend to try it with a salty dried herring on top – it accounts for the waves.