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Jun 11, 2011 08:52 PM

Thai Red Rice

Does anyone know where I could buy dry Thai red rice, preferably in the south bay? I looked at my 99 Ranch Market and didn't find it. We're eating brown rice a lot and thought that would be a fun one to add to the rice cupboard.

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  1. some Whole Foods stores carry it in the bulk foods section, and I have found it at Rainbow Grocery in SF. After eating a ridiculously good rice mixture in Sulawesi composed of at least three different rice varieties of different colors, cultivated in some of the most sophisticated terrace systems in the world, at home we eat a composite of white and brown organic basmatis, wild, black, and red rices, sometimes a nice purple rice from Madagascar thrown in.

    Rainbow Grocery
    1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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    1. re: moto

      maybe this should migrate to the home cooking area, but don't the different rices need different cooking times?

      1. re: escargot3

        they do vary in cooking times, so the ones that cook fastest are slightly softer than the others, but this accentuates the different textures of the different rices. [the white rice cooks the fastest, but it's also one of the firmest on its own]. Those who want all their rice super firm of course wouldn't like the results.

    2. I saw Red Rice at the 99 Ranch in Newark about 3 weeks ago

      99 Ranch
      4299 Rosewood Dr, Pleasanton, CA 94588

      1. I would on a weekend day take a drive to the San Jose area and drive around to the smaller Vietnamese and Thai markets (they are in the smaller malls) and they have a lot of things not found at 99Ranch.

        Loin is one market that may well have it. I have seen both red and black rice in these markets.

        1. I know that Ranch 99 in Cupertino has red rice as I just bought some a couple of weeks ago.
          Hope that helps!

          1. I just bought 1 pkg at Canned Food warehouse in Pleasant Hill. A bit pricey at $2.99 but it is Fair Trade from a cooperative-Surin Thailand. I love Thai red rice!

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            1. re: shantihhh

              Ah, Canned Food is the old name for Grocery Outlet, no? If you've found other bargains, please post them to the monthly thread. Here's the one for November.

              Grocery Outlet
              1671 Contra Costa Blvd, Pleasant Hill, CA