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Walmart has 15-lbs Tamanishiki Short Grain Rice on sale for $12.60. Store pickup is free, otherwise shipping is free on orders $35+. Thanks oishi
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Tamanishiki Super Premium Short Grain Rice, 15 Lb [walmart.com] $12.60
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Cheaper than Asian market.
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15lb is typically on sale for 6.99-9.99 at every asian market... FYI
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15lb is typically on sale for 6.99-9.99 at every asian market... FYI
If you are talking about cheap rice like Botan, yes, but this is Tamanishiki. You can't find at this price even local Asian market.
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not a deal for 15 lbs.. better deal in costco or asian market.
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Unlike the other commenters, I will say that this is a very good deal. Tamanishiki is leaps and bounds in quality above normal $8 for 20 lbs rice. It's like night and day. I've purchased this before, Tamaki Gold, Miyabi Koshihikari, and others, and the quality of rice is just infinitely superior to cheap calrose or other short grain rices. Fluffier, absorbs water better, the right amount of stickiness and chew, a robust flavor, I could go on.

Needless to say, I'm now a rice snob. Great deal, OP. For all the naysayers - it's certainly not for everyone, but try one of these premium rices sometime. You'll definitely understand why they cost more.
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I usually eat "cheap" Botan rice. This Tamanishiki rice is ALSO grown in California. What makes it "premimum" other than the fact that it is "served at prestigious Japanese restaurants" as touted in the advertising on Amazon?

Also, I'd like to know what prices the bashers are paying for 15Lbs of Calrose (California grown Sushi rice), and more specifically, where these asian stores are? I wonder if Californians are getting them much cheaper than the rest of us...
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If you are talking about cheap rice like Botan, yes, but this is Tamanishiki. You can't find at this price even local Asian market.
trust me there's a lot of brands that are $10 or less at asian markets when they go on sale. Not the botan or whatever brands but decent brands. If you want this specific brand great, but coming from an asian that eats rice everyday there's not much difference from your rice to the other brands I've purchased on sale. Some brands are like Shirakiku, Kokuho and several other korean brands. All have been pretty decent and I can't say I can tell much of a difference.
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Unlike the other commenters, I will say that this is a very good deal. Tamanishiki is leaps and bounds in quality above normal $8 for 20 lbs rice. It's like night and day. I've purchased this before, Tamaki Gold, Miyabi Koshihikari, and others, and the quality of rice is just infinitely superior to cheap calrose or other short grain rices. Fluffier, absorbs water better, the right amount of stickiness and chew, a robust flavor, I could go on.

Needless to say, I'm now a rice snob. Great deal, OP. For all the naysayers - it's certainly not for everyone, but try one of these premium rices sometime. You'll definitely understand why they cost more.
Because of your review, I'm going to order a bag to try! I hate to think I've been slumming it with Botan rice! :-)
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Because of your review, I'm going to order a bag to try! I hate to think I've been slumming it with Botan rice! :-)
Make sure you cook it with a rice cooker if you have one. This rice is excellent as sushi rice, as opposed to the calrose variety that a lot of bags mark as "sushi rice".

A bag of Tamanishiki will generally go for ~21-22 dollars for 15 lbs at Nijiya or Mitsuwa (on sale in a weekly ad), and I've never seen it on sale at any Korean or Chinese supermarket, which is why I considered this a good deal.
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trust me there's a lot of brands that are $10 or less at asian markets when they go on sale. Not the botan or whatever brands but decent brands. If you want this specific brand great, but coming from an asian that eats rice everyday there's not much difference from your rice to the other brands I've purchased on sale. Some brands are like Shirakiku, Kokuho and several other korean brands. All have been pretty decent and I can't say I can tell much of a difference.
While I'm not sure if this brand is noticeably better than other Calrose rice (previous poster said yes...), but I can tell you from decades of rice eating (used to eat daily... not so much anymore due to travel and work), there are definitely differences in quality/taste of various brands and origins of white rice (Calrose or Japanese style, Jasmine, etc). Heck, even within the same brand, there seems to be distinction of "new crop" vs. not... I'm not a BIG connoisseur or fanatic of white rice like some Japanese people seem to be, I do find differences in texture, taste (sweetness, stickiness), and consistency of water absorption (resulting hardness and fluffiness) in the same rice cooker. Do I care? Generally not. I just buy whatever "Sushi rice" is on sale at the local asian supermarket like WPC recommended above.

On a similar topic, I find that I enjoy eating rice quite a bit when in Japan. Even a cheap $4 beef bowl is savory to the last grain of rice! This is a land where many local supermarkets will have a rice grinder on-premise so you can customize how fine/polished your rice get. :-)
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the tastiest rice are the cheapest!
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I sampled many highly rated short grain rice. I like Tamaki gold the best. Tamanishiki is my second best choice. if you don't have a fancy rice cooker, you might not want to waste money on any short grain rice.
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What's the difference between Super Premium and Premium for rice? Scratchhead
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OMG-for us rice snobs, this is a killer deal.
Calrose & Botan are old brands, old strains, crappy rice.
Even Nishiki is so-so, only good for fried rice.
Tamanishiki is good stuff, just hoping it's new crop, and not some storage rice.
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