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Have You Ever Seen Real Korean Grown Rice For Sale Here?

Sam Salmon May 1, 2011 08:57 PM

Had a close look @ the stuff on offer in H Mart-it's all California product.

Asked in one of the Kingsway Korean places and was referred to Kokuho Rose brand grown in the USA-obviously the guy was telling me to get lost/couldn't understand English/couldn't care less about doing business-whatever.

Anyone here had better luck?

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    kinnickinnik May 5, 2011 06:33 PM

    There's a Korean grocer on Broadway - about 1/2 way between Main and Clark - worth a try perhaps?

    I've never compared Korean rice directly with alternatives (like Kukuho Rose) but I must say the rice I had when travelling in Korea was memorable. Might have been the setting and bounty of banchan that enhanced everything.

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      betterthanbourdain May 5, 2011 04:56 PM

      FWIW, I've only been able to find one Japanese rice(Yamagata) in town. It's mainly California rice everywhere else. I'd be interested in trying Korean rice, and I am sure it would taste different.

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        bookley May 5, 2011 10:32 AM

        South China Seas carries some unique varieties of rice. Nor sure about Korean, but might be worth contacting them.


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          hongtou May 4, 2011 03:38 PM

          H Mart
          590 Robson St
          Vancouver, BC V6J 5L1
          Neighbourhood: Downtown
          (604) 609-4567
          www.hmartca.com/ Korean Market

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          1. re: hongtou
            Sam Salmon May 4, 2011 06:28 PM

            I'm in H Mart regularly-all I've ever seen there is California grown product.

            1. re: Sam Salmon
              shoku_tsu May 27, 2011 06:49 PM

              Check their main store out in Burnaby/Coquitlam. They carry a Korea-grown product there. See attached pics. $30 for a 12 lb. bag.

          2. toutefrite May 3, 2011 06:44 PM

            Out of curiosity, why are you looking for korean rice in particular? Most koreans I know, my family included, all eat the american and japanese varieties. Is there something special about the korean variety?

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            1. re: toutefrite
              Sam Salmon May 3, 2011 07:36 PM

              I've heard from a number of people that Korean rice is a taste apart from all others, singular/marvellous/ambrosial etc., etc., etc., of course that may be because it's doused with unobtanium.

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              islandgirl May 2, 2011 04:21 PM

              Whole Foods had some fair trade ethical rice recently from various different regions.

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              1. re: islandgirl
                Sam Salmon May 3, 2011 07:01 AM

                Thanks for that-will check it out.

                Further research shows that South Korea is large importer of grains so the chances of finding a supply in a minor market like Canada is slim.

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