White rice is a big deal in Japan, as evidenced by this taste test conducted in this month’s issue of Nikkei Trendy. Four experts review five different kinds of koshihikari, and each concluded that a different one was better than the other.
My little brother used to be the pickiest white rice eater ever. He could tell instantly if my mom bought a different brand or let the rice soak overnight vs. a short soak in the morning before breakfast. My white rice taste buds, on the other hand, are not as picky. Besides, I live in California, where we eat stuff like brown rice sushi and quinoa.