Saturday

Wild Rices of Sabaha

On the way to Mount Kinabalu, Sabaha, roadside shops were selling colorful packs of rice.

Our cabbie told that they were wild rices of Sabaha! Well, I like brown rice, which is chewy and also healthier than the white rice. Wild black rice?! Definitely I wanted to taste it, so we stopped by one of the shops.

The friendly lady explained that these rices were grown with natural fertilizers. Well, she was naive and didn't know the term 'organic'! However, per kg rice was RM20! Certainly it is expensive when compared to the rice that we buy in supermarkets. Even imported Basmati or Wangi rice costs not more that RM10 per kg.

I wanted to try both brown and black rice, so I requested for 1/2 kg in each of the varieties. That ladies children were playful and at the same time watching us. The minute I took out my camera, the elder one became very shy and ran away, whereas the younger one halfheartedly followed her sister, but turned back and gave a lovely smile!

After coming back from the holidays, first thing I did was, take a close-up of the wild rices along with the basmathi rice!

I was told that the black rice is best suitable for making pulut (a kind of desert). Alternatively, it can be mixed with white/brown rice and eat it with tofu. Here is my version of the cooked mixed rice:

I feel that this wild rice is more fragrant and chewy than the normal brown rice.

12 comments:

barbara l. hale said...

Very interesting. I had never heard of black rice. And that's a beautiful portrait of the little girl!

jewaicious said...

What a beautiful set of captures. I like the varied textures and tones, and slices of life.

Lighthousegal said...

Nice post. A very interesting story. The little girl has a very pretty smile, you captered it quite well.
I love the color mixture of the rice. I bet they were all great!

christinasweden said...

great story and well selected photos! Must be great to buy the rice right there on the spot. Bet it taste much more to

Tina´s PicStory said...

what a nice trip you had! :)

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Calling by as another Our World Tuesday participant, I would definitely have purchased some of those rices.

eveningson said...

Now I have to go and scour the stores to see if i can find black rice. Never heard of it. How much different does it taste from say the brown rice.

cute kid.

VaishVijay said...

@eveningson - The black rice is more chewy and sticky than the brown rice, so you will be satisfied with very small quantity!

Lucy said...

I too will now look out to see if we can buy black rice where I live.

Indrani said...

Black rice is new to me.

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Pieces of Sunshine said...

I must have been great to buy "local" and try something different an interesting. Lovely series of photos, telling the story well.

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