Black and White Rice Pudding at Three Tarts ($2.50)
A duo of coconut milk-based rice puddings, one made with jasmine, and another with forbidden rice, are layered and topped off with chopped apricots. Vegan-friendly, too!
Rice Pudding at Russ & Daughters ($4.99/lb)
Thick, lightly sweetened, cinnamon-speckled with a high rice-to-pudding ratio. The short grain rice is cooked just al dente, perhaps more toothsome than most are used to, but delicious nonetheless.
Rice Pudding Tempura at 15 East ($10)
Two tiny mounds of rice pudding, gently battered and deep-fried. A warm crunch gives way to eggy pudding with a high rice-to-custard ratio. Hot and cold, crisp and soft. The shower of powdered sugar may not be necessary, but you'll be quite pleased with a bold sake kasu ice cream.
Forbidden Rice Pudding at The Dutch ($2.50)
Made with black rice (it turns purple when you cook it), and flavored with mango, pineapple, and passionfruit with a toasted coconut sorbet.
Sticky rice with yam custard at Pure Thai Shophouse ($6.50)
Okay, sticky rice isn't quite rice pudding, but it's tasty enough to make an exception for. Creamy yam custard is the focus here, a warm pudding of eggy sweet mouthfuls. With a finish of toasted sesame seeds, both rice and custard are wrapped tight in banana leaves and steamed to order. Large and rich enough for two to share. (They've got a great mango version, too.)