My “Must” Item

Posted March 5th, 2009 in Food 4 Comments »

What do you feel like eating when you are really really hungry??  I mean, the situation where you can almost eat a horse.  Would you run to KFC, or do you cook steak quickly to fill up your stomach?  I, on the other hand, rush to cook rice first.  When my stomach is empty I need to fill it up with steamed rice!  Yes, that’s right.  I am Japanese :p

I also love bread, pasta, chips, hotdog etc… but I always come back to simple steamed rice.  My family owns few rice fields in Japan, so I grew up with rice everyday.  

What do I eat with steamed rice?  Well, steamed rice is like “main dish” in Japan.  In every meal there is steamed rice, and some side dishes like grilled fish or miso soup.  I can even eat one bowl of steamed rice with just few pickles.  That’s what people used to eat in old era in Japan.

There are many rice dishes in Japanese cuisine, such as rice balls (Onigiri), Chirashi Zushi, Omu-Rice, Domburi, 3 Shoku Gohan etc.  Some people eat noodle or Okonomiyaki as a side dish of steamed rice.  It’s very easy to eat rice everyday in Japan, even you are away from home, as you can just grab Onigiri or Bento from convenience stores nearby.  (they’ll heat up the food for you)  

When I get hungry my character changes.  I don’t know why I can’t control myself, but it’s been like that since I was a child :p  So, rice is quite important food in my life, I guess.  I can keep myself calm 😉

4 Comments on “My “Must” Item”

  1. 1 Tokyo Five said at 12:06 am on March 18th, 2009:

    Is the rice in Australia as good as Japanese rice?

  2. 2 umepontarou said at 8:11 am on March 18th, 2009:

    Hi Tokyo 5 🙂
    No, sadly… Japanese rice (short grain) here is very expensive, and those in grocery shops are quite old, not fresh.
    Some shop still sell (or some restaurants still use) rice from 2006.
    In Australia we have to import rice, so that’s why I guess. I miss Japanese rice!

  3. 3 Ai said at 8:48 am on March 20th, 2009:

    Hi there Ume! I was googling “Japanese grocery shops in Perth” and came across your blog. 🙂

    I’m living in Perth too, and from as far back as I can remember have always loved Japanese food. I’m interested to know where you get your rice, and what type do you get here? Also, I’d be very happy if you could point me to a Japanese grocery shop here in Perth city 🙂

    Thanks so much!♡

  4. 4 umepontarou said at 3:28 pm on March 20th, 2009:

    Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂
    I usually get Japanese rice from some asian grocery shops. We eat short grain rice in Japan, but it’s very expensive in Perth now 🙁 You can buy medium grain, I think they are cheaper 🙂
    I usually go to Lion Oriental (Northbridge), Loi’s Eastern Supermarket (near Barrack st Perth), or Yee Seng (Myaree).

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