All About Rice

All About Rice

The structure of jasmine rice

Every perfect grain of Golden Elephant Brand Premium Jasmine Rice that we usually see has actually gone through many meticulous processing steps. Each grain of rice has four layers, from the outside to the inside, they are the husk, the bran layer, the cereal germ, and the endosperm respectively. Different types of rice will be polished to different extents. The most commonly consumed jasmine rice has the husk, the bran layer and the cereal germ ground away, leaving only the endosperm, which is the softest part of the rice grain, and that is why we can taste such fluffy and tender rice!

Sources: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

How can we cook a fluffy and tender bowl of rice and what are the secrets?

To cook a fluffy and tender bowl of rice, you need to do more than buying a pack of Golden Elephant Brand Premium Jasmine Rice! Everyone can cook an exceptional bowl of rice if you master the following 3 tips!

Tip 1: Number of rice washings
Overdone is worse than undone, and the same goes for washing rice, as repeated rinses will wash away the fragrance of rice! Don’t rub or squeeze the rice too vigorously during washing, a gentle stir with your hands is enough!

Tip 2: Wait for the rice grains to absorb water
After washing the rice, let the rice grains soak in water for 15 minutes so that they become hydrated. This will allow the rice grains to be heated evenly in the rice cooker, without becoming mushy outside but remaining raw inside, and the rice will also have a fluffier texture! The rice can be soaked slightly longer if you prefer an even softer texture to your rice.

Tip 3: Resting for a fluffy and soft texture
Don’t be tempted to eat your rice fresh out of the cooker! Let the rice rest for another 15 minutes, so that the remaining heat in the cooker can disperse the excess water vapor. Then, use the rice spatula to lightly stir the rice so that each rice grain is evenly heated, and the resulting rice will be fluffy and silky soft!

Try out these tips tonight to cook an amazing meal using the Golden Elephant Brand Premium Jasmine Rice!

Are there any tips for cooking tender red rice?

Why is red rice coloured? This is actually because the rice grains contain anthocyanin, which has antioxidant effects, and also contain high fiber content, which helps improve gastrointestinal health! However, many rice lovers have said that red rice is difficult to cook, and the rice still tastes rock-hard after trying various cooking methods!

The Golden Elephant Brand Rice Master recommends that the red rice be soaked for 2-3 hours before cooking, so that the red rice will soften! You can also try cooking a mixture of red rice and white rice, with a recommended ratio of 1 portion red rice against 4 portions white rice. Soaking the red rice in advance can ensure that the two kinds of rice finish cooking at the same time to avoid a gritty texture. The ratio of red rice to water should be 1:1.5, which can then be placed in the rice cooker. After cooking, let the rice keep warm in the rice cooker for 20 minutes more. It will taste more delicious after resting!

What's so special about brown rice?

Brown rice is actually really healthy! Brown rice is a whole-grain rice with the outer husk removed. It retains the coarse outer layers (including the husk, the bran layer, and the cereal germ), and therefore brown rice can preserve all the nutrients of rice, being rich in carbohydrates, protein, fiber and vitamin B1, etc.! Brown rice retains the most complete nutritional value. Brown rice and red rice have five times more fiber content than white rice!

Source:Hong Kong Department of Health

Secrets to cooking thick and silky congee

To cook a bowl of delicious congee, the key lies in the word “fluffy”! To cook a bowl of smooth and fluffy congee, in addition to having a pack of Golden Elephant Brand Premium Jasmine Rice, you must also master the following 4 tips!

Tip 1: Soaking Rice Overnight
First, soak the rice grains overnight before washing, and then drain away the water before cooking! Soaking overnight will saturate and swell the rice grains, making it easy to cook a dense and tasty congee!

Tip 2: First High Heat Then Low Heat
For the first 10 minutes of cooking the congee, open the lid and cook over high heat, and then close the lid and turn to low heat, simmering for another 40 to 50 minutes.

Tip 3: Add Oil to Enhance the Fragrance
Add a little bit of cooking oil to the rice and mix well to give the cooked congee brighter colour and stronger fragrance!

Tip 4: Add Preserved Eggs to Increase Density
Preserved eggs are alkaline and can make cooked congee denser and flufflier. The preserved eggs can be cut into smaller pieces for cooking.

Learn more about jasmine rice

Most Hong Kong locals like to eat jasmine rice. Want to purchase high-quality jasmine rice? The best pick is of course the Golden Elephant Brand Premium Jasmine Rice. This rice is a long-bodied species, and the grains are slender in shape, translucent with a sheen and uniform in size. The rice after cooking exudes a light but distinct aroma. The Golden Elephant Brand Premium Jasmine Rice is packed in Hong Kong, which guarantees confidence.

How many rice grains are there in a bowl of rice?

“Ah, do you or don’t you know it? That bowl of rice we eat: each grain, each every granule, the fruit of his labour done.” Since childhood, our mothers have taught us not to waste a single grain of rice. Do you know how many grains of rice are there in a cooked bowl of rice?

It turns out that every bowl of rice contains about 4,000 grains of rice! Assuming that a person eats one and a half bowl of rice every day, he would have eaten around 2,400,000 grains of rice in a year!

Is it better to cram in our food quickly or nibble on it slowly?

The tempo of life in Hong Kong is so rapid that employees don’t even get to enjoy their meals slowly, and instead must rush back to work after eating. Researchers from the American Heart Association have pointed out that gobbling down food too quickly can cause heart diseases, diabetes and other problems, and if food is not chewed properly during ingestion, the body will not be able to send a signal of fullness to the brain in time, making it impossible to control food intake, thereby increasing the burden on the stomach. It is best to chew slowly when eating to increase the feeling of fullness and help lose weight.

Source: American Heart Association

Feeling sleepy after a meal? There are ways to fight food coma!

After eating a rich meal, most people will immediately feel sleepy, but what is the reason behind? Actually, when food enters the stomach, the body will inform us to digest the food just ingested, and blood flow will be diverted from the brain and muscles to the stomach and intestines. When blood leaves the brain, the mind will become tired and crave sleep and rest! Want to get rid of “food coma”? Try drinking more water after eating, as water can help speed up digestion; otherwise having more meals but less food each time also helps!

Dr. William Orr, Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Dr. David Levitsky, Professor of Nutrition and Psychology, Cornell University

What is '糴' and '糶'?

In years gone by, mothers would often take trips to rice shops to “糴” rice. What does the word “糴” mean? “糴” means buying grains, that is, buying rice. The opposite of the word “糴” is the word “糶”, and it means selling rice andselling grains!

The internal structure of these two Chinese characters is also worthy of extra attention. The left side of the word “糴” are the characters “入米” (literally “in rice”) and the left side of the word “糶” are the characters “出米” (literally “out rice”), and so the meaning of these words can be guessed from the structure of the characters alone!

Rice Knowledge: the difference between brown rice and red rice

Brown rice and red rice have always been advocated by health activists, but what is the difference between the two? A rice grain has four layers, from the outside to the inside, they are the husk, the bran layer, the cereal germ, and the endosperm. Different types of rice will be polished to different level. Brown rice is rice with only the husk ground away, leaving the bran layer, the cereal germ, and the endosperm. Red rice is also a type of brown rice, with the exterior being coloured red due to containing antioxidant anthocyanins!
Brown rice and red rice contain five times more fiber content than white rice, which helps improve intestinal health and reduce cholesterol!

【Handsome boy? Pretty girl? That's the true meaning!】

Oftentimes, waiters at local restaurants will call out “handsome boy” and “pretty girl” during a meal! Don’t rush to respond, because they may not be calling you! In fact, there are a lot of slang terms used in Hong Kong style cafes. Apart from “冬 T” (“cold tea”) and “0 T” (“lemon tea”), which are terms that everyone has heard of, do you know what “handsome boy” (“靚仔”) and “pretty girl” (“靚女”) means? In fact, “handsome boy” (“靚仔”) means plain white rice, and “pretty girl” (“靚女”) means plain white congee, as they both have “light and fair complexions” similar to pretty boys and girls, and so they gradually become slang for Hong Kong style cafes!

Knowledge of rice: Characteristics of jasmine rice and pearl rice

The Golden Elephant Brand Premium Jasmine Rice grains are slender in shape, translucent with a sheen and uniform in size. The rice after cooking exudes a light but distinct aroma. To avoid washing away the aroma of rice, do not wash the rice for more than 3 times. If you need to soak the rice, please do not do so for more than 15 minutes, or else the cooked rice will become soft and mushy; the recommended water to rice ratio is 1.1 water : 1 rice.

The Golden Elephant Brand Pearl Rice grains have full and round bodies, uniform size, lustre, and high viscosity when cooked. The rice can be washed several times until the water becomes clear. We also recommend soaking the rice for 30 minutes before cooking to make sure that the pearl rice grains are saturated with water beforehand, so that they will be cooked more evenly for a superior texture. The recommended water to rice ratio is 1.2 water : 1 rice.

Rice knowledge: Proportions of water to be added

As long as you adjust the ratio of water to be added, you can easily cook rice with your desired texture.
* The proportions of water to be added may vary depending on the weather, and can also be adjusted to fit personal preferences.

Humid and sultry weather, beware of 'rice worms'?

The moist and sultry spring, high humidity and warm weather are very suitable conditions for pest reproduction. Are there any ways to preserve rice grains? Best to avoid seeing “rice worms” in the rice storage tank! We recommend storing the Golden Elephant Brand Premium Jasmine Rice in a dry and cool environment; the containers used for storing rice should also be highly airtight and moisture-proof. Finally, remember to clean the rice storage tank regularly, to facilitate preservation of your excellent rice!

How many bowls of rice should an adult eat every day?

Rice is the staple food for Hong Kong people. Rice which appears to be ordinary can turn into countless delicacies when paired with different ingredients. However, eating in moderation is the way to health. According to the recommendations of the Hong Kong Department of Health, the average adult can consume 3 to 6 bowls of rice per day, depending on the individual’s work nature and physical activities. Indeed, rice does supply sufficient energy, invigorating and empowering the body. Remember to eat more rice!

Source: Hong Kong Department of Health

【De-Stress with Golden Elephant jasmine rice!】

We are all pressurized by a busy work schedule; what can we do to relax? To help your body produce more happy hormones, consumption of enough carbohydrates is a must to increase the chances of creating happy hormones inside your body! If you want to de-stress in the future, remember to “take a bite of rice down your stomach” with Golden Elephant Brand Premium Jasmine Rice!

Reference: Wurtman RJ. “Brain serotonin content: increase following ingestion of carbohydrate diet.” Science. 1971 Dec 3;174(4013):1023-5.

Rice knowledge: White rice with Low Glycemic Index - Choice for individuals with blood sugar concerns

Kangaroo Brand launched a “Low GI” white rice, which is a low glycemic index food. Compared with other relatively high glycemic index foods, this rice can be gradually digested and absorbed, which means that blood sugar and insulin in the body rises comparatively slowly after consumption. Its glycemic index is only 54, which makes it a good choice for individuals who care about having healthy blood sugar levels. In fact, in terms of the cooking process, there are no significant differences for low glycemic index white rice, save that more water should be added for cooking. The recommended ratio of rice to water is 1:1.5.

Glycemic Index Research Report #1540;
Glycemic Index Foundation, Australia

Healthy eating pyramid

A balanced diet is an important key to staying healthy, and we should follow the “healthy eating pyramid” principles and base our diet on grains (including rice). Adults should consume more grains (3 to 6 bowls per day) for a healthy diet, more vegetables (at least 3 servings per day) and fruits (at least 2 servings per day), moderate amounts of meat, fish, eggs (5 to 8 taels per day), milk and their substitutes (1 to 2 servings per day), and reduce intake of salt, oil, and sugar (to be minimized). Adults should also trim fats from meat to leave only lean meats, and use low-oil cooking methods such as steaming, stewing, braising, boiling, scalding, etc. or cooking with non-stick frying pans, and reduce the use of both pan-frying and deep-frying in order to achieve a balanced diet and promote health.

Source: Hong Kong Department of Health

Skills for cooking fried rice

Cooking a tasty fried rice is not difficult, as long as you can master the following 4 tips!

Tip 1: Use less water than usual when cooking the rice in the rice cooker, and let it rest and cool after it has finished cooking, so that the cooked fried rice will not taste gloopy or mushy.
Tip 2: Use medium fire to fry the rice; you can also add an egg to give it a more palatable.
Tip 3: During frying, keep flipping the rice to avoid burning.
Tip 4: Use “Golden Elephant Brand Instant Jasmine Fragrant Rice” to fry rice directly, which is quick and convenient!

Storage methods for red rice and brown rice

Red rice and brown rice are prone to oxidation and deterioration, and storage in a cool and dry environment is recommended. To extend shelf life, the rice can be sealed inside double-layer plastic bags or placed in airtight containers with lids and stored inside the refrigerator.

Source: kknews