Hi Da Da – We’re happy to hear that you enjoy our website. For white rice, the rice bran has been stripped away so it has lower levels of arsenic. Perhaps you clicked on a differnt link? Joking…) Can you give some tips on storing uncooked rice without a refridgerator? This is very informative and answers many questions that even some local Japanese restaurant chefs could not answer. Hi David – New crop is just a label the rice producer use on their packaging to tell you that the rice is the first crop of the season to be harvested. In the majority of Asian cultures, when we say sticky rice, it is typically referring to glutinous rice or sweet rice. I will await your response and buy the one you recommend . Thanks for bringing haiga mai to our attention, Alice. It’s been on my list for too long! Please enable it to continue. It makes sense to buy locally produced rice too! The unique stickiness of Japanese rice is what makes good sushi and defines the character of Japanese cuisine. It is the daily staple, a source of cultural identity, a driving force of the Japanese economy, and the fundamental element of Japanese cuisine. The Tamanishiki brand in the yellow bag shown above usually goes on sale when it’s a new crop for about $20 for the 15lb. Have fun exploring the 700+ classic & modern Japanese recipes I share with step-by-step photos and How-To YouTube videos. Target does not represent or warrant that the nutrition, ingredient, allergen and other product information on our Web or Mobile sites are accurate or complete, since this information comes from the product manufacturers. I’ve lived in Japan and had some amazing kome there. Makes about 4 cups cooked rice or 6 (2/3 cup) servings. They are short grain cultivars of Japonica rice and come with the same natural sticky texture once cooked. Refill the container when it is empty. In the US and perhaps some other Western countries, you’d find Japanese rice have been referred to as ‘sticky rice’ by some people due to its sticky texture. – Reese. You can always check with your local Japanese/ Asian grocery stores for the shipment of their freshest new crop rice. And of course dreaming of another trip to Japan to hike mountain trails and eat her favorite street food Okonomiyaki. It’s Nami here. I think I got less than 10 cups! Most of the Japanese rice belongs to the short-grain variety, although you can find medium-grain of Japonica rice being grown in California. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. Tamanishiki Super Premium Short Grain Rice, How to Make Rice in an Instant Pot (Instant Pot Rice), https://www.justonecookbook.com/japanese-grocery-stores-around-the-world/, https://www.justonecookbook.com/online-shops-for-asian-ingredients-goods/, https://www.justonecookbook.com/how-to-cook-rice/. bag at Japanese markets like Tokyo Central (previously Marukai). They are roughly 4-5 times as long as they are wide, and they are the most commonly used rice. 2. The significance of rice in Japanese culture cannot be overstated. Another option is Gaba rice which you can find on Amazon. That’s the kind of rice grown in Japan. Hope this helps! The Nishiki American-Japanese version tasted less luxurious, less ‘pearly’ and less chewy but it was still good rice. So when you keep it, it’s best to put in airtight container. There’s a huge Asian community in NJ, so you should not have any issues locating them. The grains have a higher starch content than regular rice. So you can enjoy it with everyday Japanese meal. It is the daily staple, a source of cultural identity, a driving force of the Japanese economy, and the fundamental element of Japanese cuisine. Have you tried haiga rice? Nishiki is a brand of California-grown, medium grain rice sold by JFC International.The species of Nishiki Brand Rice is known as New Variety, which includes Kokuho Rose and M401. The kernel size is slightly larger than Calrose and has a distinctive white, creamy center, lending a slightly sweeter taste than Calrose. All ingredients come from within 100 miles of the mill. I am in a small city in the US where there are very few Asian groceries. Remove from heat; let stand covered, 10 minutes. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, 20 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. The judging criteria for the best Japanese rice usually include freshness, sweetness, shininess, and pleasant fragrance. To learn more about Japanese short grain rice, click here. Short-grain rice is short and plump, and is only a tiny bit longer than it is wide. Hi Arlene – For Japanese cooking, look for short grain brown rice if possible. Hi Millie – Arsenic is a natural compound found in the soil, especially in the areas where rice is grown. If you wish for an authentic sushi, we do not recommend using jasmine rice as a substitute for sushi. See how a store is chosen for you. In fact, the Japanese played a role in importing rice to Korea that replaced many of the native Korean rice varieties. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, 20 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Thanks for the reminder! Is Japanese rice the same as sticky rice? You can read more about the history here. With a mild, sweet more noticeable taste, the texture is softer to the palette than that of the larger kernel in medium grain, which tends to be more appreciated once the rice has cooled. I wanted to mention that uncooked rice can spoil actually. Bring Japanese authenticity into your homecooked meals with this 10kg bag of Nishiki rice. Thank you for the great information you provide and for making it easy to understand; learning a lot. Still, it’s much more like white than brown rice. With regards to rice storage, keep your rice in a dark, cool place in an airtight container for longer shelf life. You can also try Korean short grain brown rice. Seal the bag tightly with tape to seal in moisture and freshness. Also, what adjustments would you suggest for cooking time. They may not be the best, but they are usually cheaper in price. Sometimes some recipes also refer to Japanese rice as sushi rice. Premium Commercial Sprouted Rice Processing, Ingredient Services, and Sake milling. Size: 1/20KG Item Code: A3011. The grains of long-grain rice can be recognized immediately by its lengthy and cylindrical-shaped appearance. Since ‘sticky rice’ does not have a definite meaning but more of a convenient term or casual name to describe specific rice that is sticky, the usage gets muddled in different cultural contexts. Which of their white rices would be the closest to “Japanese” rice? If you’re not sure, start with a small bag first and then switch over to the brown sushi rice, then decide. I usually keep in OXO airtight container and put it in the pantry. However, there are recipes out there, and here’s one example: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/perfect-microwave-rice-recipe-2013357, I still recommend cooking on the stovetop at least, if you don’t want to invest money on a rice cooker or other appliance. Would Lundberg’s Sprouted Short Grain Brown Rice count as an all purpose, everyday eating Japanese rice, or is this more of an Arborio style rice? I was looking at my store. Sign up for the free Just One Cookbook newsletter delivered to your inbox! Reese loves spending time with her family, listening to podcasts, and reading up on art & design. Combine 1-1/2 cups Nishiki Rice and 2 cups water in medium saucepan. So, the short answer is yes, you can substitute Japanese rice with Korean rice. See how we make shopping for wellness even easier. The differences are where the rice is cultivated and how the Japanese and Korean prepare them. It is also the type of rice being used to make sake and rice vinegar. Is sushi rice the same as regular Japanese rice? get $10 off! JFC YUME NISHIKI. Is it worth it for the higher price? Very nice, and is from California. We’re glad to hear, Beth. I wonder what’s the difference between Japanese rice and korean rice. It is not a surprise that there is a lot of confusion around types of rice and cooking rice. They are roughly 4-5 times as long as they are wide, and they are the most commonly used rice. Thank you! Although both the Japanese short grain rice and mochigome are characterized by their sticky texture, they are used differently and are not interchangeable. They are not true Japanese rice, but they have a well-balanced flavor with moderate stickiness and are robust enough that most people and Japanese restaurants in the US use it for sushi and other Japanese dishes. So I recommend to keep rice in cool place (keeping in refregreator is also recommended in Japan). What types of rice are used in Japanese cuisine? Some people make their decision based on authenticity, some based on taste, some based on health. She previously ran an Asian spice shop, and also worked on UNESCO Heritage projects in Penang in the areas of performing arts, history, and arts education. Thanks for sharing your favorite brand of rice with us, Danica. There are many different brands of rice out there that can be used for Japanese cooking and for making sushi. To learn more about Japanese glutinous or sweet rice, click here. Thank you. Hi Cameron, We do have a page on where to buy Japanese/ Asian ingredients online. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website. Hi Amy – brown rice is actually not commonly consumed in Japan, but I understand why you would go with Lundberg’s Sprouted Short Grain Brown Rice.