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Green Bamboo Rice + Sweet Onion Sugar

February 19, 2010 by Joan Nova in Asian, Product Recommendations, Rice/Risotto, Seafood | 16 Comments

The minute I saw this green rice, I knew I had to make it with something in the red-toned family, like salmon or shrimp. And that the fish had to be caramelized with sweet onion sugar!

I found both items in The Spice and Tea Exchange, an interesting little shop – especially for foodies. You can wander around trying various herb, salt, sugar and tea blends.

Bamboo Rice is a short-grain that has been infused with bamboo juice for flavor and color.

Sweet Onion Sugar adds a caramelized touch to meat, poultry, breads — and I discovered seafood.I prepared the rice according to directions (pretty standard rice directions) and added edamame and scallions to punch up the green.

The shrimp were marinated in olive oil, chili paste, a drop of honey, rice wine vinegar  and dusted with sweet onion sugar before hitting a hot skillet.

Finishing Touch: I dressed the rice with scallions, a drizzle of sesame oil and a drizzle of rice wine vinegar. It was the perfect finish.

Conclusion: I wasn’t sure how the blends would actually translate from sniffing them in the jars in the store to actual kitchen use (you know how that is) so I only purchased these two as a trial. There was nothing unique in the taste of the rice but I loved what it did to the pallette of the plate — and the little sprinkle of sweet onion sugar definitely worked. I can’t wait to go back and pick up a few others especially that expresso sugar I had my eyes on…I’m thinking a sprinkle over a steak or burger would be really good.

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  1. Lori says:

    The final product looks beautiful. I’ve seen the rice, but haven’t picked any up. So interesting and now the onion sugar has my attention

  2. Núria says:

    I love rice, as you might know, and this new version sounds so exotic!!! Mmmm so lovely… and the gambas. I always think about the colours of my recipes too, not only flavours are important ;D.

    Enjoy your weekend Beauty!!!

  3. Norma says:

    Oh My! What a beautiful dish and the presentation is just plain beautiful.

    You rock!

  4. Buela says:

    Sweet onion sugar sounds so very interesting. As you know I spend a lot of time in Tarpon Springs and have been in the store that carries the product but never saw it, I will now!
    Beautiful presentation, very exotic too.

  5. PJ says:

    oh wow, those sure are unique ingredients. I am curious about the bamboo rice. Could you feel the taste of bamboo juice after the rice was cooked?

  6. These combinations marry perfectly Joan. Great finds!!

  7. Julia says:

    I’ve been buying this rice at Whole Foods — it’s packed with a lot more nutritional value than my usual jasmine rice. But since it’s so expensive (I think $5/lb) I’ve been mixing the two. The color isn’t as vibrant, but the flavor is nice.

  8. Robin Sue says:

    The sweet onion sugar sounds interesting to me, then espresso sugar too, wow this is a neat place to shop. Great presentation Joan.

  9. Visually a stunning dish Joan…and I’m sure it tasted delish too. Love the colour of that rice!

  10. I will be looking for bamboo rice! This looks delicious. It would be a great St. Patrick’s Day dish.

  11. Jacqueline says:

    What an amazing colour that rice is. I can understand why you couldn’t resist it :)

  12. You’ve got me going…..!Thanks. I will definitely be trying my hand at making some onion sugar….and espresso salt :-)

  13. Liz says:

    Looks terrific! Almost too pretty to eat..

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  2. […] discovered gourmet flavored sugars and felt compelled to try them. Back in February I posted Green Bamboo Rice + Sweet Onion Sugar Shrimp. Since then, I’ve been haunted by an expresso sugar I saw in the store and just went back to […]

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