Here is a list of some of the popular ones, imported from Japan, that can be found in Singapore...
- Koshihikari (I just bought this. Haha! Read on!)
- Mochi rice / Sweet rice
for the past 2 weeks. Finally, I've got a pack over the weekend. It's labelled as Niigata Obaachan ("Obaachan" means Grandma) Osusume Koshihikari.
Koshihikari RiceKoshikari is a super-premium Japanese rice that costs more than standard premium brands. Some brands are grown in California; some are imported from Japan. Koshihikari is grown not only in Niigata prefecture but also in other parts of the country such as Chiba prefecture, and even in the United States.
Mine is not specifically from Uonuma district. But still, it is from Niigata prefecture. The price is already very expensive loh. This bag of 5kg rice cost me S$77.40. It is the most expensive pack of rice that I've ever bought so far.
In the end, the rice eater is the one who pay for the rice. Hahaha! I'm happy! This might not be the best Koshihikari rice, but I would say I'm really contented. By paying S$77.40 for 5kg, it means S$15.48 per kg. It's really crazy enough, at least for now.
Maybe in future I'm gonna get a pack of Uonuma Koshihikari. Singapore is selling it. It cost S$40.00 for 2kg. Seriously, this is really way over-priced. Look at the packaging alone, you can tell...
If you do read abit about Japanese rice, I believe you will encounter the word "Musenmai". It means that the rice doesn't need to be washed before cooking. In the old days, rice was coated with talc during processing, and needed to be washed before cooking. In the 1950s-1960s, when people realized that talc could contain asbestos, rice mills substituted cornstarch, but the rice still needed washing to remove the excess starch. New musenmai rice is processed using tapioca, which apparently doesn't stick to the milled rice.
I'm just like others, I don't read Japanese language. But I think this might be useful if you were to look for Japanese rice that is organic :-
1) 有機 yu-u-ki, just mentioned above
2) 無農薬 mu-nouyaku (no agricultural chemicals)
3) 減農薬 gen-nouyaku (reduced agricultural chemicals)4) brown rice 玄米 gen-mai - has the capability of removing kankyo hormones and food additives from your body
5) shinmai (new crop rice 新米) and komai (old rice 古米)
- Genmai 玄米, unmilled, brown rice
- san-bu zuki 三分づき, milled until 30% of the bran is removed
- go-bu zuki 五分づき, milled until 50% of the bran is removed
- shichi-bu zuki 七分づき, milled until 70% of the bran is removed
- haku mai 白米, white rice
- haiga mai 胚芽米, milled, but germ intact
p/s : Friends, if you intend to give Niigata Koshihikari Rice a try, but not willing to buy it at such big bag size like me. You can contact me, I can just pack and sell you 1kg, since I have 5kg at home. Do give it a try before you invest on a big bag :)