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Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City – Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh – Saigon – Sài Gòn – Traditional Markets in Old Part of the City
Rice comes in many different varieties and is popular world-wide. Brown rice is unprocessed and contains more vitamins and minerals than white rice, which has the outer part removed. When cooked, long-grain rice is fluffier while short-grain rice is stickier.
There are many differences between rice, how long it takes to cook, how long it takes to digest, differences in taste, and in nutritive properties. Of the rices you can buy in the grocery store in the USA, basmati probably cooks the quickest (20 minutes), it is also the easiest to digest. The sweet rice is eaten as dessert in Asia. Sushi rice is sticky, and easy to clump into balls to load raw fish over. Brown rice, and other heavy rices have a lot more nutrients and fibre than white rices do, they also go bad quicker than white rice does — best to make just as much as you need for the day.
I had no idea about all this when I lived in Europe. Here in Asia you find stores only specialized in selling different types of rice.
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