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Quality of Rice

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Quality of Rice

Thailand is renowned for its rice export . But rice served in most eateries and food courts is way far from standard than what I can buy at home. Anyone knows why?

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Any Riceologists out there?

Bangkok, Thailand
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Probably because they buy the cheap stuff from Tesco's.


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I imagine that the best Thai rice goes for export: I buy really good "Thai Hom Mali fragrant jasmine rice" in economical 10kg bags in the UK and it is excellent. However, if I was running a restaurant in Thailand I would be trying to maximise profits and that means buying rice that is "fit for purpose" but no more, so Alan is quite right. In high-end restaurants, top quality rice may well be used but, overall, business is business and it is the bottom line that counts.

Bangkok, Thailand
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Many stall vendors will buy "seconds" rice, from independent rice peddlers.

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The exporters can make more money selling the Grade A rice overseas. Also as mentioned, the local businesses are watching the bottom line.

Actually the region that seves good quality rice is down south.

Wanaka, New Zealand
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Just the same as the best fruit, meat and dairy here in New Zealand. The only time you see the really good fruit is if you work in a packhouse/orchard.

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