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M.C.A. 9th October 2018 01:27 PM

Rice to be labeled differently
 
The NFA is doing away with the fancy rice names such as Sinandomeng or Dinorado and it will be labeled either local or imported.
NFA to do away with ‘fancy’ rice names | Philippine News Agency

Zep 9th October 2018 11:34 PM

I just wish they could fix the taste and consistency of the rice. Every time you buy some it is either too mushy or too hard. Takes a while to find the right amount of water to add and even then something seems wrong.

I am comparing this to the "jasmine" rice I used to buy in the US from various places. Always was able to add water to the 6 cup line on the rice cooker if I put in 6 cups of rice. It was always perfect. Always experimenting here.

Oh well, we grow our own and it ain't any better. Some day I will find a version of rice I like and try to grow it myself.

Manitoba 10th October 2018 07:15 AM

I always thought that rice was rice until the Philippine OFW, the Thais, Vietnamese, Indians (ROI not North America aboriginals) and Pakistanis and Afghans that I worked with got into a friendly ongoing argument of what was the best rice.

The Americans, the Brits and I all added fuel to the fire by saying innocently " What you mean there is a difference? Isn't it just all the same white stuff?" LOL

Asian Spirit 10th October 2018 08:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Manitoba (Post 14680156)
I always thought that rice was rice until the Philippine OFW, the Thais, Vietnamese, Indians (ROI not North America aboriginals) and Pakistanis and Afghans that I worked with got into a friendly ongoing argument of what was the best rice.

The Americans, the Brits and I all added fuel to the fire by saying innocently " What you mean there is a difference? Isn't it just all the same white stuff?" LOL

Amen Bro,,,, rice is rice unless it has rocks in it. Far as I'm concerned--it's an ingredient that is added to
canned and dried dog food!

Zep 10th October 2018 09:32 AM

It's funny how flour costs less here in the PI (even less than rice) yet I do not believe they even grow wheat here. P30 per kilo at the local market. I imagine it is even cheaper in bulk in a larger city.

I try to eat homemade bread and biscuits and other stuff. Wife and kids look at me like I am crazy for not eating rice 5 times a day.

bigpearl 10th October 2018 11:09 AM

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Originally Posted by Zep (Post 14680378)
It's funny how flour costs less here in the PI (even less than rice) yet I do not believe they even grow wheat here. P30 per kilo at the local market. I imagine it is even cheaper in bulk in a larger city.

I try to eat homemade bread and biscuits and other stuff. Wife and kids look at me like I am crazy for not eating rice 5 times a day.

Yep Zep,,,,,,, lol, a poet and I don't know it. Agree with what you say, even in Oz we eat a h*ll of a lot of rice, good thing I'm into rice or a divorce might be in the wind.
We only buy Basmati rice in Oz, we used to buy Jasmine rice but found Basmati had a longer grain, was sweeter and always cooked consistently every time.
Shame you may say as we pay about 18 bucks Oz for 5 kilos, I just looked up Basmati rice available at Robinsons that works out to be a little over 33 Aussie bucks for the same 5kgs of rice,,,,,,, if its the same, who knows as we haven't tried it yet.

https://tinyurl.com/ya6oqpkc

So a dollar 20 for local rice, 6 bucks for 5 kilos? I'm afraid to say I'll be paying extra in PH for what we enjoy and the budget just got slashed/blown out.
We do eat the local rice and as other contributors correctly state "it's rice".
"all you can eat in many establishments" agree no matter what we buy in the local markets it is definitely rice and simply fills a hole. Good quality rice costs bucks but is more palatable.
As an expat to PH. rice will be every day but I will choose the rice I eat no different to those that choose eye fillet steaks. Western choices cost.
Fortunately most can and do and do.

Only an opinion and observation but I am dearly hoping others can supply info on cheaper Basmati rice.

Cheers, Steve.

M.C.A. 10th October 2018 02:17 PM

We also bought the Jasmine rice for years in the U.S. What I've noticed about rice is there seem to be two main rice brands (many names though) but one rice is dryer takes more water and labeled Sinandomeng and makes for good fried rice the other Donorado is moister doesn't take as much water and we prefer the Dinorado.

So the two main rice types seem similar to comparing potatoes the red potato would be Dinorado the white potato would be Sinandomeng but I think the main reason the NFA is getting rid of these fancy names is to help curb the ever increasing cost of rice so I hope it works, I did try the NFA rice you can buy only 5 or 6 kilos per day at 27 pesos last time I purchased it but the rice seemed small grained and consistency compared to Sinandomeng.

There are some grocery store chains I avoid because of those rocks because when stuck with a bag like this you suffer nearly a month trying to clean out the rocks each time you prepare.

pagbati 10th October 2018 06:21 PM

Basmati Rice
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bigpearl (Post 14680528)
we pay about 18 bucks Oz for 5 kilos, I just looked up Basmati rice available at Robinsons that works out to be a little over 33 Aussie bucks for the same 5kgs of rice. Only an opinion and observation but I am dearly hoping others can supply info on cheaper Basmati rice. Cheers, Steve.

Steve, I also prefer Basmati rice and Im willing to pay the extra pesos to get it. You cant beat Basmati when it comes to Biryani dishes etc. I tend to purchase mine from Assad Mini Mart in Manila. Last time I was there, a 5kg bag of standard Basmati was about P700/ 800. They also had 5kg bags of Special Basmati, aged for 2 years costing P900 (the brand was Lal Qila Special Old Malai). Id never heard of it before but decided to give it a try. I have to say it's the best Basmati rice I have ever tasted and extremely clean. Despite the additional cost, Ill be buying it again next time. With the fall in the value of the Peso, like most things here I imagine it may have increased in price. I believe P900 works out at about AUS$24.4 so youre still getting a better deal than Robinsons, even if you choose the more expensive brand. They will also deliver your order by post. The only downside is that their website needs developing; it's been in its current sad state for about 3 years, and their ordering system is very primative. Still, their products and rice are very good and once you get a hang of their system, it's worth the hassle. When I visited the shop, I made a note of the prices/ quantites of the products I was interested in, which simplified the ordering process.
Heres the Lal Quilla website if you want to check out their products/ reputation. Lal Qilla Basmati Rice by Amar Singh Chawal Wala The Original Basmati Rice
Heres the Assad Mini Mart website in case youve got an abundance of patience & tolerance. https://www.assadminimart.com/home/

esv1226 10th October 2018 07:35 PM

rice is rice - but you can prepare them in many different ways. there's Spanish, Indian, Thai, etc seasoning with other ingredients other than simply bringing them to a boil. in the country alone, there's valenciana, arroz kaldo, or fried rice with garlic or chicken or shrimp or pork or beef or vegetarian style, saffron, curry or all or some of the above, i love to experiment with different flavors.

Manitoba 10th October 2018 11:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Asian Spirit (Post 14680244)
Amen Bro,,,, rice is rice unless it has rocks in it. Far as I'm concerned--it's an ingredient that is added to
canned and dried dog food!

Dog food comes in cans????


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