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This is the only rice my crazy Korean husband will eat. I've tried to trick him by buying rice that is available locally but he always calls me out, saying all other rice has a "taste." If it satisfies him, it'll satisfy you.
Kokuho Rose is one of the best rice to buy. I was raised on this rice, strange being Korean, but the sticky rice and small grain is perfect for kimbap. Excellent rice, some may not enjoy since it is a sticky rice, you can make rice balls with this rice.
Closest product to genuine Korean/Japanese style rice you can conveniently buy in the US with the right oval shape and level of stickiness. Strongly recommend for anybody craving the Northern Asian styles of rice.
Kokuho Rose is an extremely high quality, dependable medium-grain white rice. It is a type of Calrose rice, so it is a temperate Japonica rice. Like other Calrose rices, it has high-ish starch content, higher than an an aromatic Jasmine rice, but lower starch and a longer grain than some temperate Japonicas like Koshihikari. This makes it a perfectly balanced rice for eating as a plain foundation to a meal, or by itself. This rice truly shines when eaten by itself, alongside food, or with a dry seasoning like furikake, since it has such a balanced level of chewiness and sweetness. It doesn't get stuck to everything and feel gummy, nor does it fall apart when you try to pick it up, in the way that Jasmine rice tends to. It is extremely fragrant when steamed. This is the kind of rice that you can eat for every meal and still get excited for when you wake up. I've eaten this rice for every meal for about a year. I'm eating it right now. It's great.
This stuff cooks like any other Calrose. If it's fresh, I usually find that 2 rinses, each with ~20 seconds of gentle agitation, is enough for a batch. No need to soak it. If you're using a rice cooker, use a 1:1 ratio of rice:water.
Make sure you get a fresh bag, since it becomes much less fragrant and tender over time. This is why it's better to buy on Amazon or at your local Asian grocery store than a big-box store, since some places like Costco will store rice for a long time under the assumption that it never goes bad. Rice, beans, and many other dried grain-like foods all deteriorate over time, losing many of the flavorful, volatile aromatics, and losing so much moisture that they become structurally compromised and can't be rehydrated properly. This is why a fresher dried bean is more tender and delicious, and more importantly, cooks much more quickly than an old bean. The same thing goes for rice, so if you get an old bag of rice, your issue is with your retailer, not with the rice! The date on the bag is apparently the packaging date, not the best before date. Amazon usually sends adequately fresh bags.
I saw a couple of reviews saying that this is more like a long-grain rice than a medium-grain. This is false. A grain of medium-grain rice is between 5.51mm and 6.5mm in length. Attached is a photo of Kokuho Rose next to a mm ruler. As you can see, the average grain of Kokuho Rose is exactly 6mm, making it a perfectly medium-grain rice.
For quality to price ratio, Kokuho Rose is hard to beat. Koda Farms is really amazing.
I always prefer rice from KOKUHO, it tastes so good and delicious, perfect for Chinese style cooking, fried rice, meat soup, ... etc. The rice is 100 percent California grown and medium grain milled, also fairly clean already in the bag. The bag size is very nice for solo cooking that lasts for a month and yet not too long that the rice gets not as fresh. Love it, and will buy it again! The shipping is so fast btw.