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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

            2. I'm a big fan of Thai red rice. I used to get it from Berkeley Bowl, but they've changed to semi-polished red rice. I've gotten Himalayan red rice at the Richmond 99 Ranch, but my new favorite is the Camargue red rice I recently picked up at the Pasta Shop in Berkeley. It is short grain, but with my usual whole-grain rice cooking method of boiling for 30 minutes, draining, and letting sit at least 10 minutes it turned out with separated grains, plenty of flavor, and great texture. I especially enjoyed fried rice with the leftovers.

              Berkeley Bowl
              2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

              99 Ranch
              4299 Rosewood Dr, Pleasanton, CA 94588

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              1. re: ...tm...

                Berkley Bowl was also carrying Forbidden Black Rice and Kalijera-both are great. Brown Kalijera is amazing and available one in awhile at Indian markets. Kalijera is a tiny grain basmati grow in the foothills of the Himalayas.

                Lotus Foods imports many of these and more

                They are HDQ in Richmond and many local stores carry their excellent products.