Thursday, March 5, 2009

Koshihikari

How often do you eat white rice?

I eat it almost three times a day since my boyfriend doesn't prefer to eat bread in the morning. I used to have bread and coffee in the morning but I changed.

Luckily I doubly won 11lbs (5kg) of Koshihikari at the contest which I wrote the other day. Koshihikari is the most popular variety of rice cultivated in Japan (Niigata prefecture) and it's taste is said to differ per region. Koshihikari, harvested in Uonuma area of Niigata prefecture, is rated with the very best. I knew that the Uonuma rice tastes good, but never have tried it because it costs more than $50 (5,000 yen) per 11lbs (5kg). I usually pay $16 (1,600yen) per 11lbs (5kg) for other rice varieties such as Akitakomachi or Hitomebore.

So, what is said to be the good rice?
The amount of protein and amylose in the rice is used as a guide to measure the deliciousness of rice. In general, lower the content of those two are said to be glutinous and tasty!

There are 4 reasons why Koshihikari is supreme:
1. Water from melting snow.
2. Fertile ground.
3. Perfect climate condition.
4. Excellence in technique and wholeheartedness of the farmers.

This morning, I cooked Koshihikari and made onigiri (rice balls) for our breakfast. It was amazingly tasty! I wish I could eat this rice everyday... You don't want to use this rice for fried rice. You might want to eat it with pickled ume or okazu (a side dish) that goes good with white rice!

We have sun today, but it is going to rain from tomorrow till next Tuesday again :( All my umbrellas are at home, so I wish it rains in the morning the next time...

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6 comments:

  1. Hi Ochi,

    I eat rice a few times a month! My mom always ate rice at least 2 times a day! We would go to the specialty store and purchase a rice, but I'm not sure what the name was. Might be Kokoho Rose! It was a very good white rice, and the grains were very tasty!

    I get a rice here at the supermaket, it's called River Rice. I can get a pretty big box for around $2.00 at Walmart! It makes very good sushi, and fried rice! My mom also like the river rice as well! http://www.riverrice.com/

    We have beautiful sun today, rain coming tomorrow too! I think I might try to work outside today cleaning up my flower garden!

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  2. Hi Ochi,

    This is the actual River rice I use: http://www.riverrice.com/en-us/products/131/River%C2%AEMediumGrainWhiteRice.aspx

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  3. Hi Ochi,
    I would give anything to have a bag of that Koshihikari!!!I love rice as I am Malaysian and us Asians love nothing better right! My husband, who is Polish American, has the potato as their staple but ever since he met me, loves rice too! We normally have Basmati and a little Jasmine at times. I cook rice almost every night with dinner, because if I do not, nobody wants to eat!
    You are lucky to have won that expensive rice! Good for you!

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  4. Hi jo,

    How amazing, you know a lot of Japanese stuff!!! I know Kokuho Rose! The grains are short like Japanese ones and they are tasty! I used to buy it when I lived in NY.
    I know the River Rice, too! You make sushi with it? Isn't that too loose to make sushi? I remember those long-grain ones are good for fried rice! They are very expensive in Japan! Actually, rice in Japan is pretty expensive overall!!!

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  5. Thank you jo for the link!

    By the way, didn't you have any problem using the Internet recently?
    The followers gaget didn't go well with my Internet connection at home and whenever it displays, it kept on disconnecting from the Internet service... I hope google fixes the bug soon.

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  6. Hi Nazarina,

    I didn't know that you are a Malaysian! Jose (my blog buddy) used to live in Malaysia!!!

    Basmati and Jasmine sounds rich and tasty ;) Those kinds are very expensive in Japan! Sounds like you know a lot of dishes that goes good with rice! I wish I could cook something that goes perfect with Basmati and Jasmine! I need to learn from your posts!!!

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