It's officially carb season, and we're loading up on chicken and dumplings, white chicken chili, and all the rice and pasta with abandon. With that said, we still care about quality, even as we're gorging on comfort food for every meal. To that end, Insider recently spoke with three experienced chefs about their all-time favorite rice brands. "Although it may seem like a simple side, rice is something that a lot of cooks—pros and amateurs—have a hard time getting right," they explain. "Half the battle is starting with the right product."
Below, read up on the two chef-approved rice brands that will keep you full (and healthy) all winter long.
"My go-to rice that I buy for myself at home is usually Korean short-grain rice," said chef Dale Talde, chef and partner at Three Kings Restaurant Group. "Chung-Jeon Rice is what I have in my kitchen right now. I really like short-grain rice because when it's cooked perfectly, it's exactly like al dente pasta. The trade-off here is that it's not as fragrant as some other rice, but when cooked correctly it's got texture, is chewy, and has the mouthfeel."
For something more mainstream and easier to find in the states, both Talde and chef Leah Cohen, co-owner and chef of Pig and Khao and Piggyback Bar, recommend Nishiki Premium Rice. "I prefer the Three Elephants brand from Thailand because of the quality of the rice and the fragrant smell," she told the online publication. "If you can't find that particular kind in your local supermarket, I would pick Kokuho Rose or Nishiki Premium Rice. Those are the two brands of rice I grew up eating as a kid.
Both those brands are short-grain rice with high quality and flavor."
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