Lo mai gai
Lotus leaf wrap
Alternative namesNuomiji
CourseDim sum
Place of originGuangdong, China
Region or stateCantonese-speaking areas
Main ingredientsGlutinous rice filled with chicken, Chinese mushrooms, Chinese sausage, scallions and dried shrimp
VariationsZongzi, Lotus leaf wrap
Lo mai gai
Traditional Chinese糯米雞
Simplified Chinese糯米鸡
Jyutpingno6 mai5 gai1
Hanyu Pinyinnuòmǐjī
Literal meaningglutinous rice with chicken
Jan jyu gai
Traditional Chinese珍珠
Simplified Chinese珍珠
Jyutpingzan1 zyu1 gai1
Hanyu Pinyinzhēnzhūjī
Literal meaningpearl chicken

Lo mai gai[a] (Chinese: 糯米雞; Jyutping: no6 mai5 gai1; Cantonese Yale: noh mái gāi), literally "glutinous rice chicken", is a classic dim sum dish served during yum cha.[1] The portion size of lo mai gai is generally quite large, so there is a smaller variant created known as jan ju gai (Chinese: 珍珠雞; Jyutping: zan1 zyu1 gai1; Cantonese Yale: jān jyū gāi; lit. 'pearl chicken'), People in the Eastern world often translate this dish into English as rice dumplings or sticky rice dumplings, although the Chinese government has registered Nuomiji or zhenzhuji as the formal name in global use..


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. ^ While proper Cantonese pronunciation specifies that "lo" should have an initial n- sound, free variation of n- and l- in many Cantonese speakers results in l- being the more commonly seen spelling for this word.


  1. ^ a b c 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.