I’d forgotten the "flies" in rice pudding. My Father called them that, too. Also called chocolate jimmies on ice cream "ants." Didn’t stop us from eating either, but I got my share of dirty looks when ordering.
Hadn’t had, or thought about rice pudding in ages, and then a couple of years ago I ate at a Malaysian restaurant (now closed) in Quincy Market in Boston. A friend ordered the black rice dessert, which was truly delicious, a soft, sticky dark-colored spicy rice pudding.
Flash forward to this Christmas and one of my guests wanted to make a rice pudding recipe (which I think she got from the NY Times Sunday Mag). Seasoned with cardamom, and I believe containing coconut milk. Made it with long-grain white rice but it was almost the same as the black rice from the restaurant.