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Sticky Rice?

dlieb Sep 20, 2013 10:16 AM

Does anybody know where I can buy sticky rice? (It is a type of rice itself, not a method of cooking.) I'm looking to cook a northern thai/lao feast and, somewhat surprisingly, I'm having trouble locating it.


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    hargau Sep 20, 2013 10:43 AM

    I buy what is called short grain sweet rice and available just about anywhere that sells asian goods. Most labeled as "sushi rice" would work too

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      zackly Sep 20, 2013 10:57 AM

      Also, I used to sell to restaurants for Sysco. The cheapest and very popular rice contained a percentage of broken grains. I think it might have been called either 103 or 107 generically, which probably had something to do with the percentage of broken. Broken grains releases starch which makes the finished product sticky. Mexican places loved this rice. I use Goya medium grain white rice or Nishiki brand (Sushi) rice. If you can't find them locally I'm sure Amazon has them online.

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        JasonDent Sep 20, 2013 10:59 AM

        H-mart. C-mart.

        That I know of. There are also a lot of smaller asian stores that will stock it.

        Where are you?

        1. opinionatedchef Sep 20, 2013 11:00 AM

          hargau is correct. it's often in a 5lb bag that says Sweet Rice. Reliable Market, Super 88, HMart, Whole Foods bulk probably. Every Asian store in the book.

          suggestion when looking for a specific ingred: google it, so alot of images come up, and you realize, "Oh, THAT'S it?!! I've seen THAT before!..."

          1. Infomaniac Sep 20, 2013 11:33 AM

            If you local grocery store sells Bob's Red Mill products, look for their Sweet White Rice

            1. kobuta Sep 20, 2013 04:26 PM

              Short grain rice is more sticky after cooking than a long grain rice, but usually a sticky rice dish uses glutinous rice or sometimes also called "sweet rice". You can find that in any decent Chinese market.

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                Madrid Sep 20, 2013 04:28 PM

                Christina's in central square, Cambridge?

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                  jgg13 Sep 20, 2013 09:12 PM

                  Are you talking about the side store? If so, that's not in central square

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                    femmevox Sep 21, 2013 07:50 AM

                    It's in Inman Square.

                    I'd call before you go. They run out of things and just leave the empty bags before they get a restock.

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                      jgg13 Sep 21, 2013 11:39 AM

                      erg, s/side/spice. Stupid ipad

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                    emu48 Sep 21, 2013 07:37 AM

                    It's also in Japanese grocery stores, if you have one nearby. Typically labeled mochi rice or sweet rice.

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                      libertywharf Sep 21, 2013 08:35 AM

                      Try Sure-Pino next to j and j turo turo in quincy. I think it's on water street

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                        LilBrownBat Sep 21, 2013 11:35 AM

                        Any Chinese, Japanese or Korean store that has even a moderate rice selection should have it. Rice sold as "sushi rice" is something different -- you want "sweet rice" or "glutinous rice".

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                          StriperGuy Sep 21, 2013 12:12 PM


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                          dlieb Sep 21, 2013 12:27 PM

                          Thanks everybody!

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