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any tips on cooking Uncle Bens in a rice cooker or microwave ?  how much rice / water ?

 

I am sure my Mom just cooked it in a pot on an oven , but that was decades ago and I do not have a stove :)

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I can sympathise with the OP here. We all grew up with different produce, many of which become comfort foods to us in later life, more so in expat life.

Thankfully, personally speaking, my wife having lived away from Thailand and had/has similar cravings for authentic Thai food while in the UK, now doesn't go on too much at me when I go 'splurging' at Villa Market and the like, nor even when I 'go big' on Expat Supermarket, British Corner Store and the like.

Most of these seem aimed mostly at British expats, however I am sure there must be equivalents aimed at the US expat. This is the direction I'd point the OP at, though certainly the most expensive option these sites are also the most certain way to get the goods to your door you simply can't find in Thailand. This is the only surefire way of ensuring you satisfy those urges even if it is (at times) ludicrously expensive.

Failing that, if you are lucky enough to have people visiting from home regularly, you could always put in a shopping list with them for goods to bring along and drop with you upon arrival. I am fortunate in this way that I have a reciprocal agreement with British pals who live in the UK with Thai spouses that when we visit the UK we bring Thai goods for their spouses and in turn when they visit the Kingdom they come bearing goods from the UK for me.

 

I also have a niggling recollection that while in one or other of the import supermarkets, (either Villa or TOPS) before we left in March, I read a blurb in, if I recall correctly, one of those advertising sheets they hand out, which offered a service where you can ask for specific items to be imported. Whether or not they choose to import your specific desired item might be a totally arbitrary decision, especially given the nature of your wishes - would they import rice to Thailand on the whim of a 'crazy Farang?'*

Apologies for being so vague but those last few weeks were so hectic they are somewhat of a blur now. Also apologies for rambling like an senile old man but the kids have fried my brain with various homework today...

 

* - I am in no way suggesting you may be a 'crazy farang' merely hypothesising as to what a Thai Supermarket manager's thought may be to seeing such a request, given that, as mentioned elsewhere, Thai rice is (yet another) source of Thai national pride.

Good luck. Hope you find some Uncle Ben's soon.

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1 hour ago, BKKdreaming said:

any tips on cooking Uncle Bens in a rice cooker or microwave ?  how much rice / water ?

 

I am sure my Mom just cooked it in a pot on an oven , but that was decades ago and I do not have a stove :)

 

I'm not too bad in the kitchen but for years rice was my downfall,  try as I might I could never get it right until we got a rice cooker. Now I can cook the stuff like a native. I find a ratio of just  under 2 water to one rice. If I'm doing for two or three of us I bung in three scoops of rice to about 5 and a half scoops of water (using the scoop thingy that came with the rice cooker as a measure) with belting results every time....

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yeah thats what I normaly do , but I got lazy and got a measuring up and put a mark at the 2 scoop level , 

then fill the water up to the mark , ........   just makes it easier then finding the scoop when you need it :)

 

but I am not sure if Unle Bens needs the same amount of water ??????

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5 hours ago, Barefoot said:

To the OP, I also grew up with Uncle Ben's rice.  I have lived in Pattaya for ten years and have never found it for sale.  I have tried dozens of other types of rice and nothing comes close to the taste of Uncle Ben's converted rice.  It's spectacular, and everything else is just rice.

 I always ask my visiting friends if they have room in their luggage for a couple of 5-pound bags of the stuff, and I bring about 20 pounds back when I travel to the U.S.  If that does not work, simply ask a friend back home to send you some.

 

Don't let the imbeciles in this thread throw you off your mission:  Uncle Ben's rocks!

 

It's nice to hear from someone who understands Uncle Ben's Converted Rice enough to be sympathetic and know that nothing here is quite the same as good parboiled rice. Unfortunately, nobody I know from the land of Uncle Ben's has been traveling lately, so I'll just have to wait until my next visit home. Thanks for the encouragement. 

 

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3 hours ago, Merylhighground said:

I can sympathise with the OP here. We all grew up with different produce, many of which become comfort foods to us in later life, more so in expat life.

Thankfully, personally speaking, my wife having lived away from Thailand and had/has similar cravings for authentic Thai food while in the UK, now doesn't go on too much at me when I go 'splurging' at Villa Market and the like, nor even when I 'go big' on Expat Supermarket, British Corner Store and the like.

Most of these seem aimed mostly at British expats, however I am sure there must be equivalents aimed at the US expat. This is the direction I'd point the OP at, though certainly the most expensive option these sites are also the most certain way to get the goods to your door you simply can't find in Thailand. This is the only surefire way of ensuring you satisfy those urges even if it is (at times) ludicrously expensive.

Failing that, if you are lucky enough to have people visiting from home regularly, you could always put in a shopping list with them for goods to bring along and drop with you upon arrival. I am fortunate in this way that I have a reciprocal agreement with British pals who live in the UK with Thai spouses that when we visit the UK we bring Thai goods for their spouses and in turn when they visit the Kingdom they come bearing goods from the UK for me.

 

I also have a niggling recollection that while in one or other of the import supermarkets, (either Villa or TOPS) before we left in March, I read a blurb in, if I recall correctly, one of those advertising sheets they hand out, which offered a service where you can ask for specific items to be imported. Whether or not they choose to import your specific desired item might be a totally arbitrary decision, especially given the nature of your wishes - would they import rice to Thailand on the whim of a 'crazy Farang?'*

Apologies for being so vague but those last few weeks were so hectic they are somewhat of a blur now. Also apologies for rambling like an senile old man but the kids have fried my brain with various homework today...

 

* - I am in no way suggesting you may be a 'crazy farang' merely hypothesising as to what a Thai Supermarket manager's thought may be to seeing such a request, given that, as mentioned elsewhere, Thai rice is (yet another) source of Thai national pride.

Good luck. Hope you find some Uncle Ben's soon.

 

Thanks for the info. Now that you mention it, I can also recall something about Villa or one of the more western food oriented markets importing certain goods on request.  I have to agree that people handling such a request would be quite confused about the need to order rice (that's mainly popular in North America) into Thailand. But Makro imports Japanese style and Indian (basmati) rice, so who knows? 

 

The US grows lot of rice and the parboiling method of processing is very popular. I ran across some info a long time ago that seemed to suggest Thailand processed some of its rice that way, so I assumed with enough searching, I'd find a bag to buy, but that hasn't happened. Any parboiled rice would be nice -- doesn't have to be Uncle Ben's. 

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5 hours ago, BKKdreaming said:

any tips on cooking Uncle Bens in a rice cooker or microwave ?  how much rice / water ?

 

I am sure my Mom just cooked it in a pot on an oven , but that was decades ago and I do not have a stove :)

 

I was taught here in Thailand to put your rice in the rice cooker and even it out. Then touch the top of the rice with your (averaged-sized) index finger and pour water in until it reaches the first joint. That's for white rice, but for brown you need to add a little more. I find this method works well.  

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