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.