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Where to get a Variety of Rice Seasoning in Toronto (moved from Toronto)

I have been to many grocery stores and all I can find are basic Chinese fried rice seasoning, yellow rice seasoning and thats all I have been able to find. Is there some place I can buy more in the local GTA, I am looking for Mexican, Portuguese, spanish or anything to make the rice nice and tasty and colorful other then yellow.

Anyone have any recommendations?

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  1. Lively Life at the SLM has a variety of rices with seasonings -- they are on the downstairs level north of Rube's Rice. I believe they have a couple Spanish and Mexican flavourings plus some red New Orleans types.

    1. For tasty things you can sprinkle on top of rice, Sanko on Queen W has a few different kinds of furikake, the Japanese seasoning. I imagine most other Japanese (or Korean) groceries would have a selection as well.

      You could also try almost any Middle Eastern grocery for za'atar, the mix of dried herbs, sumac, and sesame seeds that is also nice sprinkled over rice (and many other things).

      1. Sorry I am not familiar with these places, do you have intersetions or addresses? Thanks in Advance.

        1. I figured it out SLM stands for St. Lawrence Market but the problem is during a normal day it takes forever to drive down there because of traffic. I also found Sanko on Queen st. a little to far also.

          Sorry I should have been more specific, some place in the borders of steeles, yonge, st. clair, kipling hopefully.

          1. MrRiceGuy, you'd end up with much better flavours and results, for a fraction of the cost, if you'd season your rice with your own spice mixtures. Purchased rice seasonings invariably have large amounts of sodium and, often, monosodium glutamate. It's so much more interesting to make your own; there's more control and you could probably concoct a different rice dish from various ethnic cuisines every day of the year.

            1. I have tried different spices but nothing comes as close to good as the rice you can get at many portuguese restaurants in the GTA, I also like the rice that uncle ben used to make premade it was mexican but can't find that either. The spanish rice I also got at a restaurant and it was ok. Plus I have no idea how to make seasoning and don't know the right spices to use.

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              1. re: MrRiceGuy

                Even if you don't know how to make the seasoning, you can use a cool search engine called "Google" to find what you want. Here are results I found when using "Google"

                Spanish rice:


                Mexican Rice:


                It looks like Goya seasoning is required for this last one.

                1. re: MrRiceGuy

                  So, so, so, so simple Portuguese-style rice: Into a pot of water put rice, garlic clove, half a chopped onion, a pungent olive oil, chicken boullion cube, and a spoonful of tomato paste.

                  If you've got it around, toss in some linguica and a lil' massa de malagueta.

                2. I have tried Portuguese Seafood Rice from the last one but it didn't come out to good, it tasted to fishy. I will have to try some of the others as I never seen those sites.

                  1. I kinda like the boxed Zatarain's from the supermarkets..Dirty Rice, Red Beans and Rice, etc.

                    1. The problem with that is everything is in the box premixed, and if I add more rice it dilutes the taste.

                      1. Anyone else have any recommendations?

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                        1. re: MrRiceGuy

                          You can always use those soup mixes that come in packets; they'll flavour rice.

                          Before I learned to cook, Minute Rice with onion soup mix was a staple. I do not miss those days.. ;)

                        2. Humm, soup mix never thought of that. Thanks, do you have any recommendations other then onion to make the rice colorful and tasty?

                          1. Also would it matter the type of rice for taste. I have only used white and parboiled.

                            1. Why was this topic moved from the Toronto forum?

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                              1. re: MrRiceGuy

                                Perhaps because your topic is more about cooking flavourful rice than it is about buying seasoning mixes in Toronto.

                                You'll have a much wider audience to help you on this board.

                              2. Makes kind of sense, so what can I do?