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ISO: Non-Glutinous Black "Forbidden" Rice

Last summer, I was able to buy sprouted black non-glutinous rice at T&T. The brand was Green Mills. I haven't been able to find any non-glutinous black rice (sprouted or regular) ever since. T&T (and other Asian grocers which I've visited) carry only the glutinous, sticky kind. The labels on the shelves has indicated "Temporarily out of stock" for more than 6 months now. I wrote an email to T&T asking if they plan to restock the Green Mills products but have received no reply.

Hounds, you haven't failed me yet with my food quests. Please tell me if you know where I can get the non-glutinous variety of Chinese Black Rice. Although the Green Mills sprouted kind would be ideal, I'll be happy with non-sprouted.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Have you tried Rube's in St. Lawrence Market?

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    1. re: Zengarden

      I would suggest this place as well. They always have really interesting grains in stock.

      1. re: Zengarden

        Thanks for the suggestion. Is Rube's the shop located in the lower level?

        1. re: DishyDiva

          Just called Rube's and they say they have the Chinese Forbidden Rice. Yay!

          I knew you folks wouldn't fail me! :-)

      2. Is it a seasonal thing?

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        1. re: tjr

          I have no idea. It never occurred to me that rice would be available only seasonally, though this is a possibility.

        2. It's very pricey at Rube's. Just as an FYI before you get sticker shock. Probably a lot more than you're used to paying at T&T. I've eyed it before, but resisted the temptation due to price. I once made paella using a rice I got from Rube's for about $10 for a tiny bag to feed 2. A bit more than I would like to pay, but they have a fantastic selection. It's the only place I know that sells forbidden rice unfortunately.

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          1. re: BokChoi

            Still pricey ($9.00), but Whole Foods carries 15 ounce bags (Lotus Foods).

          2. i got my black rice at galleria supermarket (korean supermarket off yonge/steeles)

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            1. re: junkie

              i ordered my forbidden black rice from Lotus foods.This site is interesting, i did not know there are different kinds of rice besides red rice & brown rice from Thailand.