Let’s talk about rice for a second. Growing up in a Vietnamese household, I ate rice every. single. day. I didn’t even know that not eating rice for meals was an option. Even if we had a noodle dish prepared for dinner, there was cooked rice waiting just in case any of us wanted to eat it instead. I remember my dad even putting scoopfuls of rice into the broth after he finished eating all the noodles.
I never paid much attention to the brand or kind of rice we ate at our house. We always had 25 pound bags in our pantry so we’d never run out and my parents always bought the same kind. I guess they already figured out the best brand and became very loyal to it. It was the only rice we knew and loved. As I grew older, I branched out and ate out more. I was introduced to Indian rice, Thai rice, Spanish rice, and my personal favorite: Japanese rice. I saw how it was served with main dishes, in a thick soup such as curry, and even rolled up to make sushi.
Rice is a versatile grain that comes in many different forms, textures, and tastes. It’s a staple in many cultures. Now that I’ve had to start buying and cooking my own rice, I’ve been open to more types and brands. I’ve also been experimenting more, seeing how I can add rice differently into dishes.
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