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What's your fave rice in Calgary?

tatiana131 Oct 7, 2010 11:50 AM

For some reason the rice gods have frowned on me, and the last few bags of rice I've bought have not been very good. The japanese rice comes out too sticky, and the basmati just has a wrong flavor. Plain long grain rice from Sobey's bought as an emergency measure is fine, so it's not the rice cooker.

I'm looking for a nice daily long grain rice, with a nutty or complex flavor and good texture. Is there a rice you're in love with? And where would I find it?

  1. anonymoose Oct 8, 2010 08:16 AM

    I usually use Jasmine rice - Rooster brand, although that may not be long enough of a grain for you. How long do you need it?

    Also a rice tip - prior to cooking, rinse your rice in cool water 2-3 times until the water isn't cloudy anymore. It takes out some of the starch and makes your rice fluffier and less sticky.

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    1. re: anonymoose
      tatiana131 Oct 8, 2010 11:45 AM

      Yeah, I often get lazy about rinsing it... even though I know better. When I was a kid in Russia, we had to pick through it for debris and weevils, never mind rinsing it... now I'm spoiled and lazy. :)

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      Budca Oct 7, 2010 03:44 PM

      It depends what you are trying to make as rice is very different from Japanese sushi rice, Jasmine Rice, and Basmati Rice. Me I like the sticky Japanese rice as I can make rice balls with the left over rice. If you go to an Asian store you will see many different kinds of rice it all depends on what you are looking for.

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      1. re: Budca
        tatiana131 Oct 8, 2010 11:42 AM

        As I specified I'm looking for a daily long grain rice, and I'm totally aware of the differences between other types. I just mentioned the japanese rice as it ALSO happened to come out crappy, by coincidence. But long grain is what we eat the most so that's what I need.

        1. re: tatiana131
          Scary Bill Oct 8, 2010 12:26 PM

          Tati try a long grain brown. Will be nutty with complexity and rarely gets too sticky as it takes longer to cook. No specific suggestions as to brand, but you may want to try a California brand. Guaranteed weevil free!

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        Scary Bill Oct 7, 2010 03:29 PM

        I am a little OT, but you seem to be looking for different varieties of rice, for a change, try the organic quinoa at Costco. It is superb. You can cook it in a rice cooker however it must be removed from the cooker when done as the "keep warm" setting will make the bottom a bit carmelized and crusty. (not that that is a terrible thing).

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        1. re: Scary Bill
          tatiana131 Oct 8, 2010 11:42 AM

          Not a huge fan of quinoa, but we do eat a lot of barley, buckwheat, millet, etc. I'll give the Costco brand a try though, most of what they carry is good to very good.

        2. John Manzo Oct 7, 2010 01:43 PM

          I have no idea why, but the generic long-grain at Safeway gives me the best results.

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            tatiana131 Oct 8, 2010 11:43 AM

            Yeah maybe I'm overcomplicating this - I'll try Safeway.

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            Sneaky Oct 7, 2010 01:38 PM

            What brand of Basmati are you using? I like Tilda brand best. Some basmati rice is not very good and often picks up the musty flavour of the burlap it is packed in. Try to find some Tilda brand and see if it's any better.

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