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  1. #1
    Mick Cant Guest

    Default Types of Rice in the Philippines

    Hi all,
    I am married to a Filipina and waiting for her to join me here in
    the UK,after her settlement visa is finalised.
    I have been to the Philippines three times now, the last was for 2 months
    when we married.

    I know they have rice three times a day, I would hope to be able to buy a
    similar rice here that is mostly used there.
    My wife tells me it is "premium Japanese Rice", but they do grow a lot
    themselves, can anyone tell me what types to look for in the UK?
    Thanks for any thoughts,
    Mick.



  2. #2
    George Shirley Guest

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    Mick Cant wrote:
    > Hi all,
    > I am married to a Filipina and waiting for her to join me here in
    > the UK,after her settlement visa is finalised.
    > I have been to the Philippines three times now, the last was for 2 months
    > when we married.
    >
    > I know they have rice three times a day, I would hope to be able to buy a
    > similar rice here that is mostly used there.
    > My wife tells me it is "premium Japanese Rice", but they do grow a lot
    > themselves, can anyone tell me what types to look for in the UK?
    > Thanks for any thoughts,
    > Mick.
    >
    >

    The Filipinos I worked with in Saudi Arabia just ate long grain white
    rice, huge amounts of it. You might wait until your new bride arrives
    and take her to the market to look at what's available.

    One of my doctors is Filipino and his family eats the locally grown long
    grain white rice here in Louisiana.

  3. #3
    Becca Guest

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    Mick Cant wrote:
    > Hi all,
    > I am married to a Filipina and waiting for her to join me here in
    > the UK,after her settlement visa is finalised.
    > I have been to the Philippines three times now, the last was for 2 months
    > when we married.
    >
    > I know they have rice three times a day, I would hope to be able to buy a
    > similar rice here that is mostly used there.
    > My wife tells me it is "premium Japanese Rice", but they do grow a lot
    > themselves, can anyone tell me what types to look for in the UK?
    > Thanks for any thoughts,
    > Mick.


    Mick, I would buy long grained rice and mochi rice, it is a glutinous
    rice, also called sweet rice or sticky rice. They use that to make
    Coconut Rice.


    Growing up in Louisiana, we ate rice every day, sometimes at lunch and
    dinner. My late Aunt Reba would feed us rice for breakfast. My mother
    thought that was terrible, but much of the world's population eats rice
    for breakfast. We loved it.


    Congratulations on your marriage, may her settlement visa be speedy quick.


    Becca

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    Mark Thorson Guest

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    Mick Cant wrote:
    >
    > I know they have rice three times a day, I would hope to be able to buy a
    > similar rice here that is mostly used there.
    > My wife tells me it is "premium Japanese Rice", but they do grow a lot
    > themselves, can anyone tell me what types to look for in the UK?


    Rice is cheap. Buy an assortment of types,
    and you can be sure at least one will be
    acceptable. After that, buy that one.

    You can toss the others. Think of the minor
    expense as research.

    I've decided I like basmati the best. It has
    the longest grains of any long-grained rice.
    And it has an interesting aroma.

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    cshenk Guest

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    "Mick Cant" wrote

    > I am married to a Filipina and waiting for her to join me here in
    > the UK,after her settlement visa is finalised.


    > I know they have rice three times a day, I would hope to be able to buy a
    > similar rice here that is mostly used there.
    > My wife tells me it is "premium Japanese Rice", but they do grow a lot
    > themselves, can anyone tell me what types to look for in the UK?


    Mick, she's mostly used to medium grain rice, of which Calrose (grown USA)
    is a very popular brand with the Filipena shoppers when they can get it.

    For side rices as she will be used to some variety, get a bag (normally sold
    in burlap) of long grain basmati from India. (USA Basmati doesnt have the
    level of distinct aroma but is workable too, but as a newlywed, get her the
    good stuff).

    From my experience, most Filipeno's arent that fond of mochi rice. It may
    be a regional thing though and I only know Manila and Subic areas. Get a
    small bag and see if she likes it. She's apt to make desserts with that
    sort.

    She may take well to an Italian ariborio (short grain) which is less sweet
    than a mochi rice and probably lots cheaper where you are.

    There's other stuff she'd appreciate having handy but run this list by her
    for a brand check?

    Datu Puti brand: Soy sauce, vinegars (several types, especially the one
    with the chiles in it called Sukim Maasim and the brown one that is sweet).
    Tiparos: Patis (she may have another brand in mind or not know this one but
    it's fairly well exported). This is a less salty 'fish sauce' and something
    she'd be familiar cooking with. 'Fish Sauce' btw is a generic name and can
    even mean soy sauce when it's translated but take my word for it, patis is
    not soy sauce.

    For fish, she'd probably like to have some milkfish frozen, and tilapia is a
    likely one as well. Shrimp of course. She's going to be very specific on
    it's quality which means it was frozen correctly and kept so until she's
    ready to fix it. If I recall right, she will find frozen shrimp that are
    headless and butterflied, a little wierd.

    If you have some sort of 'asian grocery' in your area, get a good path
    worked out for her to get there but don't try to get the veggies in advance.
    Just like the Japanese, she'll want only the *freshest* produce. The level
    of 'fresh' is quite different and something you got 3 days ago, may not pass
    her standards unless it's a sweet potato etc. If no Asian grocery, the most
    accessable place with lots of variety in vegetables.

    Things I know to warn of a taste difference between USA and 'Asia'. USA
    Mustard greens are very much stronger tasting. I think turnip greens will
    be as well but not sure. I do not know about UK versions. USA Broccoli and
    Asian types tate the same for the stem, but the asian types do not have the
    'flowerettes' (though they sold that type too in some places, of which Subic
    seemed to be one).

    Get a 20lb bag of calrose medium grain. Tuck it in the freezer for 2 weeks
    then a plastic bug-proof keeper (size it if you do not have one and get one
    for her). When I lived in Japan for almost 7 years, this was regarded as
    highly as 'Premium Japanese Rice' by the Japanese who had access to the USA
    military commisary. It's apparently cheaper and a little better. Another
    brand is 'Koko' in a white bag with a red label. Almost as good as Calrose
    brand and quite close. If she wants some long grain and the India basmati
    is too strong tasting for her recipes, try Texas version of it.

    Although she may like brown rices also, ask her first. They have a nutty
    taste many orient-raised folks outside India find objectionable.

    Run this by her? My email isnt grunged and I'd love to talk with her if she
    wishes! I don't know if she's from the more money side of the culture or
    the average level of it. I'm more familiar with the average side of it ;-)



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    Mark Thorson Guest

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    cshenk wrote:
    >
    > Get a 20lb bag of calrose medium grain. Tuck it in the freezer for 2 weeks
    > then a plastic bug-proof keeper (size it if you do not have one and get one
    > for her). When I lived in Japan for almost 7 years, this was regarded as
    > highly as 'Premium Japanese Rice' by the Japanese who had access to the USA
    > military commisary. It's apparently cheaper and a little better. Another
    > brand is 'Koko' in a white bag with a red label. Almost as good as Calrose
    > brand and quite close. If she wants some long grain and the India basmati
    > is too strong tasting for her recipes, try Texas version of it.


    I think you mean "Kokuho Rose" rice. Would it really
    be necessary to freeze it to kill the bugs? It was
    my understanding that white rice keeps indefinitely
    as received, that only brown rice has weevil eggs
    in it and will become wormy if kept too long.

    > Although she may like brown rices also, ask her first. They have a nutty
    > taste many orient-raised folks outside India find objectionable.


    I've been told that among Japanese eating brown rice
    is associated with poverty. It's a poor people's food.
    Everybody else eats polished rice.

  7. #7
    cshenk Guest

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    "Mark Thorson" wrote
    > cshenk wrote:


    >> Get a 20lb bag of calrose medium grain. Tuck it in the freezer for 2
    >> weeks
    >> then a plastic bug-proof keeper (size it if you do not have one and get
    >> one
    >> for her). When I lived in Japan for almost 7 years, this was regarded as
    >> highly as 'Premium Japanese Rice' by the Japanese who had access to the
    >> USA
    >> military commisary. It's apparently cheaper and a little better.
    >> Another
    >> brand is 'Koko' in a white bag with a red label. Almost as good as
    >> Calrose
    >> brand and quite close. If she wants some long grain and the India
    >> basmati
    >> is too strong tasting for her recipes, try Texas version of it.

    >
    > I think you mean "Kokuho Rose" rice. Would it really


    2 brands, the other is Kokuho Rose.

    > be necessary to freeze it to kill the bugs? It was


    Yes, depends on climate but advised always.

    >> Although she may like brown rices also, ask her first. They have a nutty
    >> taste many orient-raised folks outside India find objectionable.

    >
    > I've been told that among Japanese eating brown rice
    > is associated with poverty. It's a poor people's food.
    > Everybody else eats polished rice.


    It's not just Japan and it is also a taste issue.

    I dont recall seeing brown rice in Korea or the Philippenes. I may have
    seen it in Thailand bit not sure. I did see it in Indonesia and Timur.
    It's generally just not liked and i think for taste more than 'poor food'.


  8. #8
    Mick Cant Guest

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    Wow, thank you everybody for some really good suggestions, I never knew
    there were so many different rice's.
    My intention is to get a small amount of one that she would be used to using
    then for us to try as many as possible to find some that she may prefere.
    She does choose rice with breakfast even with other tasty things availabe,
    as much as I like rice, I will stick with cerials or a fry up for my
    breakfast.
    Thanks everone,
    Mick.



  9. #9
    Arri London Guest

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    cshenk wrote:
    >
    > "Mark Thorson" wrote
    > > cshenk wrote:

    >
    > >> Get a 20lb bag of calrose medium grain. Tuck it in the freezer for 2
    > >> weeks
    > >> then a plastic bug-proof keeper (size it if you do not have one and get
    > >> one
    > >> for her). When I lived in Japan for almost 7 years, this was regarded as
    > >> highly as 'Premium Japanese Rice' by the Japanese who had access to the
    > >> USA
    > >> military commisary. It's apparently cheaper and a little better.
    > >> Another
    > >> brand is 'Koko' in a white bag with a red label. Almost as good as
    > >> Calrose
    > >> brand and quite close. If she wants some long grain and the India
    > >> basmati
    > >> is too strong tasting for her recipes, try Texas version of it.

    > >
    > > I think you mean "Kokuho Rose" rice. Would it really

    >
    > 2 brands, the other is Kokuho Rose.
    >
    > > be necessary to freeze it to kill the bugs? It was

    >
    > Yes, depends on climate but advised always.
    >
    > >> Although she may like brown rices also, ask her first. They have a nutty
    > >> taste many orient-raised folks outside India find objectionable.

    > >
    > > I've been told that among Japanese eating brown rice
    > > is associated with poverty. It's a poor people's food.
    > > Everybody else eats polished rice.

    >
    > It's not just Japan and it is also a taste issue.
    >
    > I dont recall seeing brown rice in Korea or the Philippenes. I may have
    > seen it in Thailand bit not sure. I did see it in Indonesia and Timur.
    > It's generally just not liked and i think for taste more than 'poor food'.



    None of my Filipino/Filipina colleagues ever prepared brown rice. They
    hated the taste more than they regarded it as poverty food.

  10. #10
    John Kuthe Guest

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    On Aug 24, 6:52*pm, Mark Thorson <nos...@sonic.net> wrote:
    ....
    > I've been told that among Japanese eating brown rice
    > is associated with poverty. *It's a poor people's food.
    > Everybody else eats polished rice.


    Um, yeah, and all the wealthy people suffer from malnutrition because
    the best parts of the rice are "polished" away!

    Same with white vs. whole wheat bread.

    John Kuthe...


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