This is more commonly known as black rice pudding, a dessert staple in many Asian cultures. But at Café Asean it goes by the name of Forbidden Rice Pudding, so much more fun. Served warm, the rice is slowly cooked in a bath of coconut milk and sugar. It's just past al dente, and retains a slight, tender bite. Look carefully and you'll see that the color is more of a haunting purple than actual black, and coconut milk makes it all the more rich, as do ripe banana slices. It's ideal in the winter, a hearty stick-to-your-ribs type of dessert. One more spoonful before trekking back out into the cold!
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