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Where can I find Black Rice or Forbidden Rice in Los Angeles


Anyone know where I can find Black or Forbidden Rice anywhere in LA. Anywhere close to the Grove Mall or Fairfax and Wilshire would be great.

Oh.. I'm looking for the ingredient, not venues that serve black/forbidden rice dishes.


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  1. You could try Monsieur Marcel in the Fairfax Farmers market. If not there, I've bought it at Surfas (in Culver City).

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    1. re: Obessed

      Surfas! I will call both places! Thanks!

    2. I've always seen it at Whole Foods.... It's a small bag from Lotus Foods


      1. I've seen it at Surfas too

        1. Whole Foods for sure - and I think I've also seen it at Trader Joe's?

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          1. re: aching

            You know, I've never seen it at TJs sadly.... And believe me, I would remember if I did... They have LOTS of Wild Rice though, which is also black...


            1. re: aching

              I have seen forbidden rice at my Irvine TJ's. But it's like a year ago, and you know how quickly items rotate out of stock if they don't move. Ask the manager at your local store.

              Not that this will help the OP, because 99 Ranch doesn't have a store Mid City-ish, but I have seen it there. Maybe try one of the Korean supermarkets in K-town?

            2. Chinese markets (you can try the 99 Ranch in the Valley if you don't want to trek to the SGV) have a dark colored rice which is a little less delicate, but also a lot cheaper than so-called forbidden rice. You can cook it mixed with standard brown or white rice (it will turn the color of the entire mixture a uniform dark color, so the resulting rice will all appear dark black-purple).

              1. I got it once at Jasmine Market in Culver City

                1. I've also seen it at Whole Foods on 3rd and Fairfax (as Dommy mentioned), and the korean supermarkets do carry a few varieties from short-grain glutinous black rice to a longer-grain wild rice type, though they are a good 10 min drive from the Grove area. HK Market on Western and 2nd, Kaju Market on Western and 5th, Plaza Market on Western and 9th in Koreatown Plaza, and Galleria Market on Western and Olympic should all carry it, as Koreans often mix it with short-grain sticky rice (a la will47) to make a purplish rice. And if I remember correctly, it should cost roughly $10 for a 2 or 3 lb bag, which is likely cheaper than what you might find at WF.

                  Koreatown Plaza
                  928 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006

                  1. I've been finding Forbidden Rice at the 99 cents only store on Washington in Culver City (about 1/2 mile west of Centinela). A buck for a pound. This is a long-but-small grained whilte rice with good flavor, but not overtly aromatic like Basmati. Is this what you mean?

                    Centinela Cafe
                    4800 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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                    1. re: LADave

                      Whole Foods has it in the bulk foods area. It's in one of those tubes where you put the plastic bag under the spout. You can buy as much, or as little as you want.