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Spice up your rice!

Spice up your rice!

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No Filipino meal is complete without rice.

But while it’s considered a staple food in the Philippines, rice can be jazzed up for special occasions…or when you want something other than plain white (or brown).

Celebrity chef Rolando “Lau” Laudico says you don’t have to break a sweat to do this, however. Not even on a dish like Arroz Velanciana.

Laudico, whose culinary career includes stints in restaurants France, Australia, the U.S. and the Philippines, said recipe mixes now already available in the market are enough to do the trick.

“I always use McCormick recipe mixes because you can really taste the consistency of secret spice blend in their products,” Laudico said.

He is just as impressed with McCormick Rice Cookers, the new rice flavoring mix in three variants: Hainanese Chicken Rice, Biryani Rice, and Nasi Lemak Coconut Pandan Rice.

“Mixing one pack of it with three cups of water is enough for two cups of rice,” he said.

The Hainanese Chicken Rice mix captures the full flavor of Singapore’s famous chicken rice recipe with that is packed with hints of lemongrass, ginger and garlic.

Nasi Lemak’s combination of pandan and coconut milk makes the rice cooker variant perfect for chicken curries, stir-fried dishes and seafood mains.

“My favorite is Biryani Rice because it has the strongest flavor. Plus, you can use it with brown and red rice,” Laudico admitted.

“But sometimes, I use Hainanese Rice Cooker to cook leftover rice and turn it into arroz caldo. It’s really nice,” he added.

He also instructed cooks to toast McCormick Rice Cookers in oil, instead of water, before putting left-over rice in the plan if they want to use any of the variants to make fried rice. [courtesy: ph.she.yahoo.com]

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