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Rice is a staple food for most Asians. It is best paired with almost any kind of dish regardless of Filipino, Chinese, Indian, Middle Eastern or Mediterranean cuisine. However, not every grain of rice is created equal.

We’ve made it easier for you by listing the best varieties to opt for according to your needs!

Best for diet - suitable for cancer patients
1. Doña Maria Jasponica Brown (5kg)
Best for diet - suitable for cancer patients

(Most) weight watchers would choose to forgo rice as part of their diet plan to shed some fats. But if you can’t live a day without rice, brown rice such as the Doña Maria Jasponica Brown is your next best alternative. Packed with fiber and B-vitamins, consuming brown rice will keep you fuller for a longer time than white rice.

Cancer patients can also enjoy the goodness of eating brown rice, thanks to its mineral-rich properties. For instance, brown rice naturally contains selenium - a vital compound that is able to combat against certain cancers like lung and prostate.

Best rice for diabetics

Regular white rice is commonly bad news for individuals with diabetes. Eating them on a regular basis can cause a sudden spike in blood sugar levels due to its high glycemic index.

Thankfully, certain white rice options such as GohanLite is made suitable for diabetics. Unlike regular rice, GohanLite rice is particularly rich in fiber and contains lower calories and carbohydrates. For instance, a 200g serving only contains 53.8g of total carbohydrates in comparison to regular white rice’s 59.4g.

Best for fried rice and sinangag
3. Doña Maria Jasponica White Rice (5kg)
Best for fried rice and sinangag

The homegrown Doña Maria Jasponica White Rice is known for its natural fragrance and soft texture, making it ideal for regular fried rice and even Sinangag -- a famous Filipino side dish of garlic fried rice.

It also helps that Jasponica White is a type of Jasmine long-grain rice that doesn’t stick together when frying on a hot pan or wok.

Best for risotto, congee and paella
4. Doña Maria Miponica White (2kg)
Best for risotto, congee and paella

Planning to make risotto at home? The number-one rule to making a successful risotto is the rice itself. Long-grain rice like basmati or jasmine is strictly a no-no because risotto requires a sufficient amount of starch to make it work.

This brings us to the Doña Maria Miponica White, which has the right combination of a soft and chewy texture. Not to mention, it is both fluffier and stickier, making it possible to use the Miponica White to make paella or congee.

Best for acid reflux

Suffering from regular acid reflux can be really frustrating. The first thing you need to be aware of is the type of food that you eat. Highly acidic and fatty foods tend to trigger reflux and this is why your best bet is to stick to a low-acid diet.

If you are a rice lover, you should incorporate brown rice to your diet. The Doña Maria Miponica Brown is one of the most well-known Filipino rice brands to trust. It is packed with nutrients like fiber, magnesium and vitamin B. Not to mention, it tastes great with its chewy and fluffy texture.

Best basmati rice

Imported all the way from India/Pakistan, Jordan Farms’ Authentic Basmati Rice is a high-quality long grain rice that has a soft and fluffy texture when cooked. You can cook it as briyani or paired with spicy dishes such as butter chicken, chicken tikka masala and mutton curry. 

Best for onigiri

Rice balls, or better known as onigiri, are a tasty, pick-me-up comfort food that is ideal for a light lunch or dinner. To make an onigiri, using Japanese-style rice is always the right way to go such as this one by Jinsei.

Besides, Japanese-style rice is known to be sticky enough to hold everything (e.g. Nori seaweed and fillings) together and makes it ideal enough to shape into either triangle, round or cylinder.

Best for Asian food

Harvester’s Dinorado Rice is no stranger to most Filipinos, given that it’s naturally fragrant and fluffy in taste and texture. This makes it ideal as an all-around rice to be paired with Asian cuisines as well as famous Filipino dishes such as chicken inasal, kare-kare and sinigang.

Best rice with aroma
9. Farmboy Sinandomeng Rice (10kg)
Best rice with aroma

Sinandomeng is a type of Filipino rice that usually comes in three different varieties: “fancy”, “special” and “regular”. The Farmboy version is the regular variety which combines the best of both worlds -- soft, fluffy (fancy) and aromatic (special) upon cooking.

Best of all, the Farmboy Sinandomeng Rice is gluten-free, helping to promote better digestive health and improve cholesterol levels. 

Best for sushi

One word: “sticky”. And that is what matters the most when it comes to making your own sushi at home. And the best foolproof rice variety is none other than Japanese rice such as this one by Kanto. Other than sushi, Kanto Japanese rice is also best paired with various Japanese dishes such as omurice, takikomi gohan and donburi.

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