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Rice in a Bottle

Have you ever looked at something and thought, “That’s SO Japanese!”

That’s what I said to myself when I saw this:

I know what you’re thinking, “But this isn’t a crazy pizza or even a misspelled sentence…!” Yep, those are super Japanesey things. Though what I’m talking about are those curiously eco-conscious things Japanese people do, like separating trash down to the last soup label or air-drying laundry along the balcony.

At the cost of 680 yen ($7.23), you can use this spout to conveniently store this week’s dinner. Generally speaking, uncooked rice comes in a big, bulky bag that has nowhere to go other than under your sink where scary bugs and germs lurk.

But with this handy dandy spout you can transfer rice into empty 2-liter PET bottles and store them in the fridge. Simply use the cap to measure it out when it’s time to cook.

I’ve never seen a Japanese household without at least two beverage bottles in the fridge, and when it comes to throwing them out, they take up a lot of space in the bag. Storing a bottle of rice in the fridge not only saves a bottle from an uncertain fate it guarantees you’re not going to have bugs in your fried rice. Now who’d want that? Yikes! =X

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May 18, 2010 at 3:49 pm Leave a comment

I’m in Carb Heaven

Rice has become a topic of conversation among my friends these days. Reason being, with the influx of trading companies to Southern California, you can now walk into any Japanese market and choose among a dozen varieties of grain.

My grandma can’t get enough of Sukoyaka Genmai, a hybrid brown rice that’s far tastier than your regular health-food fare. Although typical brown rice is packed with nutrients, it’s also pulpy and tasteless (Think brussels sprouts.). Yet, somehow the makers of Sukoyaka Genmai figured a way to make brown rice tasty. It’s like white rice only healthier!

Musenmai (no-wash rice) is a newfangled product that caters to the lazy. Normally before cooking, you’d sift the rice under cold water for 5 minutes to remove the ‘sticky bran’ coating. But now with technological advances, you can skip the arduous step. Japanese mothers have a hard time adapting; many of them take great pride in their rice-washing skills.

Speaking of lazy (that’s me!), my favorite rice product of all time is a box of seasoning that you mix with your uncooked rice. It contains slivers of unique vegetables like bamboo shoots and Matsutake mushrooms, and the broth is stirred with soy sauce and dried fish flakes (bonito), turning the rice into a golden-dark hue. Skilled chefs take hours creating rice like this, but with an instant pack of rice seasoning you’ll have yours in minutes.

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Japanese rice is so much better than anything in the market today. At about $20 a bag, it’s far more expensive than a box of Uncle Ben’s, but it’s infinitely more tasty. In fact, sometimes I eat rice as my main meal. Scoop it into a bowl of tea, sprinkle over some furikake and voila, dinner is served! \(^o^)/

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April 28, 2009 at 12:20 pm Leave a comment


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