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OnoLoa February 27th, 2007 02:17 PM

RICE? what kind brand you like?
 
what kind you like? i am looking for some with lots of flavour like good jasmine but dont know what brand to buy ... so many to choose from!

Kungpao February 27th, 2007 03:43 PM

Re: RICE? what kind brand you like?
 
Don't know if they have it there but I buy Three Elephant Jasmine rice.

AbsolutChaos February 27th, 2007 06:07 PM

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Tilda Basmati--just because their Indian commercial jingle from the 80s still comes into my head!

Miulang February 27th, 2007 06:27 PM

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Any kind of Thai Jasmine or Texmati (domestic basmati).

Miulang

Da Rolling Eye February 27th, 2007 09:28 PM

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Originally Posted by OnoLoa (Post 134217)
what kind you like? i am looking for some with lots of flavour like good jasmine but dont know what brand to buy ... so many to choose from!

Go to Down to Earth. They have different varieties by the pound. Try a little of each and see which one you like best. Then go look for it by bulk.
My fave is either white or brown basmati, especially with a good thai curry over it. ;)

Oops. Sorry, you're looking for a particular brand. Can't help you there. We don't eat enough "exotic" rice to buy by bulk so it's usually from Down to Earth.

cynsaligia February 27th, 2007 11:01 PM

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neither of my suggestions below are jasmine rice, and both are kinda expensive, but neither the beau nor i eat rice at every meal or even every day. plus the beau, taking after his old-school local japanese father, is a complete rice snob. eric is known for dismissing a restaurant simply by saying, "they serve zippy's quality rice."

tamaki white rice (gold): high quality japanese short grained white rice, grown in california. when you cook this rice, the smell is so fragrant and sweet in a ricey way. i understand this rice is preferred amongst many local chefs who prepare japanese food or sushi. the rice has a pearl-like sheen and the rice grains are very uniform--a sign of high quality short grain. it cooks really sticky and retains its pretty sheen. this rice, too, is expensive, but i've gotten it for i think $7.00 5 lb bag at i think marukai. this rice is a treat to eat--it seems to make whatever we're having with it taste better, even if it's something as simple as salt and pepper fried akule.

tamanishiki brown rice: high quality japanese brown rice. this is the rice we eat most bcs um, we're getting older and we need the fiber. i'm happy if i can even find this rice and gladly pay $8.00 for 5 lbs of it. it's sweet and when i cook it in the rice cooker, somehow the bottom seems to "carmelize" a little bit, leaving a slightly chewier yet completely enjoyable texture for that small layer of rice that touches the rice pot. i swear, eating this rice can make my day.

a trick that my @sstard ex-boyfriend's grandma taught me to make even hinode or tsurumai or diamond g rice (all of which the current boyfriend hates) taste better is to add some mochi rice in the mix--say 1 cup mochi rice to two cups regular rice.

one more trick, taught to me by my beloved mama (grandma) is to put a teaspoon of vinegar--cider or white--into the water and mix it in just before you cook it. yes, you will smell a bit of vinegar as it cooks, but you won't taste it at all. why do this? because it keeps the rice from spoiling as fast as it would without it. for example, i've absentmindedly left half a 3 cup pot of rice out on the counter for a little more than 24 hours in kaimuki and it was spoiled. i did that again (i tend to the absentminded sometimes), this time with rice that had vinegar in the cooking water and it was fine.

what i wanna know is where to get that lovely brown rice that many thai restaurants sell. it's the one that has a pretty red brick shaded bit of husk on about 40-60% of the grains when you eat it. can i get that at down to earth?

OnoLoa February 28th, 2007 12:09 AM

Re: RICE? what kind brand you like?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Da Rolling Eye (Post 134278)
Go to Down to Earth. They have different varieties by the pound. Try a little of each and see which one you like best. Then go look for it by bulk.
My fave is either white or brown basmati, especially with a good thai curry over it. ;)

Oops. Sorry, you're looking for a particular brand. Can't help you there. We don't eat enough "exotic" rice to buy by bulk so it's usually from Down to Earth.

WOW! .. didnt even think of that! I'll try it ! rice is one thing i dont mind paying for.... just want it to be ONO! mahalo for your suggestion

OnoLoa February 28th, 2007 12:11 AM

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Originally Posted by ericncyn (Post 134301)
neither of my suggestions below are jasmine rice, and both are kinda expensive, but neither the beau nor i eat rice at every meal or even every day. plus the beau, taking after his old-school local japanese father, is a complete rice snob. eric is known for dismissing a restaurant simply by saying, "they serve zippy's quality rice."

thanks for your reply! would love to try that rice ...white or brown. where do you like to get it? mahalo for the help!

cynsaligia February 28th, 2007 12:19 AM

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Originally Posted by OnoLoa (Post 134317)
thanks for your reply! would love to try that rice ...white or brown. where do you like to get it? mahalo for the help!

i've had to hunt for both brands of rice, but i've seen one and/or the other in safeway, star and marukai.

OnoLoa March 1st, 2007 02:42 PM

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Mahalo to everyone for your advice. good rice is SO good when its the right stuff

hifotog March 5th, 2007 01:04 AM

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Da kine dat costs less than $7 a bag!!!!

achow March 5th, 2007 11:43 PM

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I like the Hinodoe White Rice and California Brown Rice. I been eating more brown rice because its healthier for you.

Kahalu'u Kid March 7th, 2007 09:00 PM

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We eat Kagayaki rice from Marukai. It's a California short-grain rice, and the closest thing to Japanese rice.

Tamanishiki has a similar taste, but Kagayaki tastes better to me.

craigwatanabe March 7th, 2007 11:41 PM

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Whatever is the cheapest. Rice is a staple not a gourmet food item, you eat it not savor it.

If you want the Walmart rice to taste really good, add some rice vinegar when it's cooking.

Now after saying that I like to eat some good old Thai sticky rice only because it has more body than standard Hinode, Calrose, Fukusuki (whatever) brand rice.

Rice tastes good with Kim Chee and teri beef loaded with grizzle. Hemo da Aloha Brand shoyu (cuz it's sweet) ova da rice and mac salad and forget the cholesterol count for the day:D

Da Rolling Eye March 8th, 2007 10:38 AM

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All the "cheap" brands sold here are of the same variety. Calrose medium grain in different packages.

My wife is somewhat of a rice snob and she's impressed our relatives from Japan, whom everyone knows are the ultimate rice snobs, with the cheap stuff. It has something to do with how it's washed and how long it's presoaked before cooking. I don't know what she does, but I can't tell the difference. :D Her relatives are shocked that they were served cheap rice that tasted like premium rice. The difference can be real subtle. Even the kind of water you use can change the flavor, evidently. I watch Soko. ;)

oceanpacific March 8th, 2007 02:25 PM

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It's a lot better when I soak the rice from the morning before cooking it in the evening. The rice turns out fluffier. For three cups of rice, I cut the water down by 1/4 cup.

In our house, it's Hinode, Diamond G, Homai, Shirakiku, or whatever's on sale (<$7.00/20 lb. bag).

RICE SNOBS??????????

Da Rolling Eye March 8th, 2007 09:09 PM

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Originally Posted by oceanpacific (Post 135356)
RICE SNOBS??????????

Yeah, rice snobs. Ever see that episode of Soko ga Shiritai? They had one on rice. They judge good rice by the texture and sheen. Cooked rice should be fluffy without being mushy and should be shiny. Cooking the rice in spring water supposedly gives it a sweetness, depending where the water's from. :confused: My inlaws can supposedly tell the difference.

My wife's aunt uses rice that costs more than $20 for a 20lb. bag. The "good" stuff. I can't tell the difference. My wife served her aunt the cheap stuff and her aunt thought it was the expensive rice. :rolleyes:

So long as the rice is cooked properly, I don't care. To my Japanese relatives, I'm just an uncouth, heathen cheap rice eater. :D

oceanpacific March 8th, 2007 10:17 PM

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Uncouth, heathen, cheap rice eaters ........ I guess I'm just like you.

It may rank just under being wine snobs.

Jake's Ohana March 8th, 2007 11:21 PM

Re: RICE? what kind brand you like?
 
Costco in SoCAL carries long grain rice, (I think 3 Elephants brand if Im not mistaken). It's a sweet Jasmine rice. Took da ohana plenny time til all pau. Although, right now da ohana is going back to the short grain Cal Rose. The wifey bought it to introduce a change for the keikis so they can enjoy both styles of rice, that's nice! That last sentence got me as I had just read a Dr. Seuss story to my daughter at bedtime. :D

mungbeansoup March 8th, 2007 11:36 PM

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So long as it is a short grain rice. I grew up on Hinode but the other, more expensive Cali rice tastes the same to me.

joshuatree March 9th, 2007 01:18 AM

Re: RICE? what kind brand you like?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Da Rolling Eye (Post 135417)
Yeah, rice snobs. Ever see that episode of Soko ga Shiritai? They had one on rice. They judge good rice by the texture and sheen. Cooked rice should be fluffy without being mushy and should be shiny. Cooking the rice in spring water supposedly gives it a sweetness, depending where the water's from. :confused: My inlaws can supposedly tell the difference.

My wife's aunt uses rice that costs more than $20 for a 20lb. bag. The "good" stuff. I can't tell the difference. My wife served her aunt the cheap stuff and her aunt thought it was the expensive rice. :rolleyes:

So long as the rice is cooked properly, I don't care. To my Japanese relatives, I'm just an uncouth, heathen cheap rice eater. :D

Different ethnicities also value different qualities of rice so while one rice may be premium stuff to a rice snob, it may be junk to another. Some snobs prolly just go by price per bag. And let's not forget the cook, whoever's cooking the rice can also make the rice taste better or worse.

Erika Engle March 10th, 2007 01:40 PM

Re: RICE? what kind brand you like?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Da Rolling Eye (Post 135325)
All the "cheap" brands sold here are of the same variety. Calrose medium grain in different packages.

My wife is somewhat of a rice snob and she's impressed our relatives from Japan, whom everyone knows are the ultimate rice snobs, with the cheap stuff. It has something to do with how it's washed and how long it's presoaked before cooking. I don't know what she does, but I can't tell the difference. :D Her relatives are shocked that they were served cheap rice that tasted like premium rice. The difference can be real subtle. Even the kind of water you use can change the flavor, evidently. I watch Soko. ;)

I'm w/you, Rolling Eye. Whatever's on sale - Hinode, Diamond G (didn't its advertising used to say it was the "ricier rice"? Geez -- they PAID somebody for that bit of creative.)

ANYWAY -- I had the opportunity to go back to Japan on a high school exchange trip -- and my Nihonjin mother, before I left, told me that I would be surprised at how different the rice was there. She wasn't kidding! Even at a banquet-type event in a non-fancy place, the rice was amazing. She admonished me NOT to put shoyu on it in Japan -- because to do so would be bad manners.

Beyond what you said about water and soaking time, R-Eye, the TYPE of rice and the TIME OF HARVEST and other factors are of particular concern to sushi chefs. IIRC, a local celebrity chef spoke about that in a Star-Bulletin interview that ran in our Features section awhile back. I THINK it was DK Kodama, but I could be remembering that wrong. Whoever it was talked about how stringent the training is for sushi-chef apprentices in Japan. I can't imagine going through such rigorous, years-long training, but I sure enjoy the results of the learnin' others have done! :D

craigwatanabe March 11th, 2007 03:45 AM

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sushi making as a culinary art form? I think we need to get back to basics on Japanese foods. I'm sure Japanese ancestors who started making sushi never thought it would get to Iron Chef status.

Now with that can you imagine 300 years from now when you'll have top European chefs in a cook out remarking how they make their traditional Hamburger Helper: Okay here's Chef Mario preparing the cheese package mix. See how he tears the packaging at a 45-degree angle so he doesn't bruise the powder as it's being poured into the skillet...

Ah yes and now the taste test...Chef Mario why does your Chili Mac hamburger helper win awards year after year?

I soak the pasta overnight in spring water from the glaciers of Mount Raineer but only from the initial spring thaw after the full moon at 5pm when the sun is at a nominal arc in the sky.

I used this recipe from my mother's grandmother's father. I hear at that time they actually had a step by step method of making authentic Hamburger Helper. We in our lives can only wonder how the ancients made this marvelous dish with authentic ingredients. I went thru many years of training to master the culinary art of cooking Hamburger Helper. I've always wondered how our ancestors were able to creat this dish without this disciplined training.

Reverse to the ancients: Okay brown da hamburger, add da mix and hot water, add da noodles and bring to boil. Okay Hon dinner's ready.

OahuGirl March 11th, 2007 06:51 PM

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I got hooked on Calrose short grain in the yellow bag when I lived in Okinawa. That is the only kind of rice I cook. I like jasmine but the Calrose short grain is by far MY favorite!

Da Rolling Eye March 12th, 2007 12:07 AM

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Went to Gyotaku, Pearl City, last night for dinner. Well surprise. The wife comes home and says there's such a big difference with the rice they serve there and our regualar brand/type we eat at home. She says they use a better grade of rice.:confused: I guess one can only do so much to try and make the cheap rice taste better. ;) I still couldn't tell the difference. :D


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