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Tamanishiki Super Premium Short Grain Rice, 15-Pound

4.7 out of 5 stars 160 customer reviews
| 6 answered questions
About the Product
  • 15 Pound Package
  • California short grain rice
  • Widely used by prestigious Japanese Restaurants
  • All natural
  • Raised in California

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Product Description

Tamanishiki rice is a combination of Koshihikari rice and Yumegokochi rice, with rich flavor and excellent texture.

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 15 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B004NRHBBM
  • Item model number: 10003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,440 in Grocery & Gourmet Food (See Top 100 in Grocery & Gourmet Food)

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Ingredients

Milled rice

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In Japan these rice would cost about $50. But before you think most California medium grain is the same, you need to try this or Koshihikari. If you don't want to spend $30 (locally sell here for around $25) then some stores sell them in small container for under $10.

Premium short grain rice is more plump and has a slight bounce to the texture.

What's different about Tamanishiki, Koshihikari and other popular Japanese premium rice? The grain is even shorter than regular short or medium grain rice people are used to in the USA. The texture is more 'plump' while the rice glitters with a very natural sweetness you don't normally get with regular American short-grain. It has a very subtle bite on the outer layer.

Just adding quick instruction on proper way of preparing the rice.

- Wash the rice (they have specific rice washing bowl if you prefer)
- First rinse should use plenty of water and stir it few times with your hand and dump the water
- Second rinse use enough water to cover the amount of rice in the bowl and stir them with your hand vigorously for 30 seconds or so
- Dump the water and rinse couple more times in the first step
- The water should be cleaner compared to the first rinse but you don't need to wash/rinse more than 3-4 times
- Fill the bowl with water and let it set for 20-30 minutes
- When soaking is done, dump the water and fill it to the appropriate level for cooking

One of the reasons why you want to soak is the rice will absorb some of the water and if you cook it right away without soaking, the rice will end up drier than normal.

If you don't have a rice cooker, get one! Basic models are cheap and it's worth the hassle; I highly recommend the Zojirushi brand.
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This rice is the best white rice I've ever tried. It has become the standard to which I compare all other white rices.

I was never too into rice as a kid or teen. I thought that I simply didn't like rice. Then, I got into Japanese culture and saw how healthy they eat in comparison to Americans. So, I figured I'd start eating more rice. At first, it was hard because, as said, I didn't like American rice. I gave up until I did some research and found Nishiki and Sekka. They were delicious! But then, I started going to traditional Japanese restaurants, and was introduced to short grain white rice, which even blew the fantastic Nishiki and Sekka out of the water. That's when things really took off for me. I did my research and learned about Tamanishiki. After purchasing a rice cooker, I gave this rice a try, and haven't looked back since.

There are definitely some pros and cons with Tamanishiki rice:

Pros:
- It's delicious. Comes out perfect every time with each of my 3 rice cookers. (The Takeru-kun portable lunch jar, an Aroma rice cooker, and a Panasonic)

- Goes perfect with anything - The flavor complements any fish, meat, vegetable... It's just great

Cons:
- Once you eat this rice, you won't want to go back to whatever rice you've been eating. It's that good. I brought some to the office once for my coworkers, and they were hooked. One literally came back to me the next day telling me she'd pay me for some more of my rice and pay me to pick up more for her next time I went to Mitsuwa. She literally told me she didn't want to go back to her other rice. My whole family has experienced the same thing.
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My wife is Japanese and I've had rice literally handpicked fresh from a small Japanese family farm, so I know what good rice tastes like and we have a pretty high bar when it comes to Japanese-style short-grain rice.

Having tried all the major brands available on the US West coast, we came to the conclusion that Tamanishiki in the yellow bag is the best of them. It's not going to beat really expensive stuff you can buy in Japan, but it's not at all bad for daily use with okazu (eaten plain along with side dishes) or seasoned in homemade sushi. There's admittedly not a big difference between this and the other similarly-priced California-grown rice but Tamanishiki did win by a noticeable margin.

Pro tip from Japan: When making Japanese style rice, any decent rice will come out pretty good when it's fresh from the rice cooker. It's how it holds up when you reheat it that will really tell you the quality.
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The price is great, the rice tastes great, and the rice makes good sushi. I would (and have) recommended this product to friends. The only thing I dislike is the bag isn't re-sealable, but that's usual for rice. I recommend transferring to a re-sealable container or at least one that closes to keep moisture content low.
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As a native Japanese, I highly recommend this brand to those who are looking for real Japanese rice at the right price.
Not too pricey, better taste than Nishiki. Cooking with a good rice cooker(like Zojirushi) will taste much better.
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I use this rice for sushi all the time and I love the texture and quality on these short grains. I was glad that I found this on Amazon so I ordered it without doing much price check. Lesson learned - you could get this at a much cheaper price if you go to a local Chinese/Japanese supermarket. Almost a $7-$9 buck difference for the same bag. Just do price check before you order it from Amazon. I guess low price is not guaranteed on groceries on Amazon.
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