Taking Questions – Question #1!

Eating Out

Last week I opened up the blog to questions, and what great turnout from all of you!  I figure I’d work my way through the list, starting with the very first question from lovely reader Jill!  You might recognize Jill from her participation in NoshGirl Chef #4.  Her question is:

“A question prompted from your post about Laut. What is black rice and where did you first try it?”

Fluke with Blood Orange, Avocado & Black Rice from my meal at má pêche

Great question, Jill!  While many of you have heard of white rice and brown rice, and even wild rice, black rice is a little less common.  Related to brown rice, black rice is is actually blackish-purple in color when cooked and very sticky (or glutinous, as is commonly called in Asian cuisine).  It has a roasted, nutty flavor and is used quite often in Thai, Malaysian or Chinese dishes – often as the main ingredient in sweet desserts!  I don’t remember the first time or place I tried black rice as it was years and years ago – I just “always” (or as far as I remember) knew it existed. One of my favorite Malaysian desserts is pulut hitam – black rice porridge with tapioca  and coconut milk, served hot.  If you ever come across black rice on a menu, definitely give it a try!

Have you had black rice before? Have you heard of it?

Have other questions for me? Ask away!

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Jessica T
    December 7, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I’ve never seen black rice on a menu but will definitely give it a try if I ever see it!

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    Kim
    December 7, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I think I have had black rice at Thai restaurants in desserts, but I’ll pay more attention now. And the dessert you mentioned sounds amazing!

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    Amanda
    December 7, 2011 at 10:33 am

    What an interesting fact! I love that I learn something new about food when I come here to read 🙂

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    Layla
    December 7, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I had never even heard of it until you mentioned it on your blog!

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    Evelyn S
    December 7, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Is black rice the same the purple color looking rice they serve at Korean restaurants?

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      Serena
      December 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm

      I’m not completely sure, but I thought the purple rice they serve at Korean restaurants had a bit of a different texture. I think (and maybe some Korean readers can clarify) that rice is white rice and beans mixed with some black rice, and the white rice absorbs some of that color as it cooks together.

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    Mina
    December 7, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    i’ve had a little bag of black rice sitting in my pantry for a bit and wasn’t sure what to do with it–that dessert sounds delicious and i may have to give it a try (or some poor imitation of it).

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    Ngoc N
    December 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    ooh is this the “purple rice” sometimes given with Korean meals?

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      Serena
      December 7, 2011 at 10:25 pm

      I’m not completely sure, but I thought the purple rice they serve at Korean restaurants had a bit of a different texture. I think (and maybe some Korean readers can clarify) that rice is white rice and beans mixed with the black rice, and the white rice absorbs some of that color as it cooks together.

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    Amy
    December 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I hadn’t heard of black rice until your blog. I didn’t know it was used mostly in desserts!

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    Annie
    December 11, 2011 at 3:08 am

    I ate different kinds of black rice from Korean to Thai. The picture you posted looks different from the Korean black rice (which does in fact turn purple) and you’re right.. it’s for the mixed rice, for health reasons. 🙂

    I am drooling over your picture. OMG When are you going to visit Shanghai already?

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    Jill
    December 15, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Interesting, I don’t think I have ever seen it at Thai restaurants. I must be overlooking it! Also, after you posted this, I saw black rice at a store near me – A Southern Season. I found it really random that they had it but I was glad to see I have the option of purchasing it nearby if I ever want to try to use it. 🙂 Thanks for answering my question!

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