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Jan 16, 2013 12:51 PM


Hi I love Rice-a-Roni. I looked at all over and can't find Rice-a-Roni on the menu or on any Web sites. Any ideas on good places that serve the San Francisco treat?

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  1. I have never seen rice-a-roni or hamburger helper on a restaurant menu. Do they still make rice-a-roni? What exactly is it? Rice with an orzo like pasta? I have seen hot dog ramen though.

    The ultimate source for discontinued items would be Grocery Outlet or a dollar store..

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    1. re: chocolatetartguy

      As implied but not specifically stated by the posters below, it's rice with broken up vermicelli.

      It's still alive and well.

    2. Nowhere. They called it "the San Francisco Treat" because Golden Grain Macaroni Co. started in SF but it was never served in restaurants here.

      Some Egyptian restaurants serve a more or less similar dish called kushari (various spellings).

      1. You won't find it on a restaurant menu because it's a home convenience food. Just like you probably won't find Ortega salsa, or Campbell's chicken noodle soup.

        1. Surely this is a put-on!??? I do know it was derived from, I think, a traditional Armenian pilaf, so it does have *some* link to legitimacy...!

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          1. re: sambamaster

            Oh, right you are, it was adapted from an Armenian recipe. Royal Market might sell it at their prepared foods counter.

          2. There are many different types of Armenian pilaf, but the basic one we make is brown some 2 inch pieces of vermicelli (maybe a half cup?) in some butter(maybe a half stick?. Add 1 cup rice (my mother swears by Uncle Bens) and toast it for a few minutes. Add 2 cups hot chicken broth (if the broth is weak add a little chicken base). Bring to boil, cover, lower heat to a simmer, cook until done about 20 minutes, don't peek until done! No weird chemicals or flavoring packets.
            There are other ones with onion, parsley or almonds, you can experiment with what you like. Sorry measurements aren't exact, I just watched my mother make it growing up, and every time I ask how much she always looks exasperated and says "you know, some!"