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Old 12-29-2004, 12:34 PM   #1
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What the heck is long rice?

I'm having a luau and making Chicken Long Rice. Long rice seems to be described as cellophane noodles, bean threads, or just long rice. What is it??

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Old 12-29-2004, 01:38 PM   #2
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There's long grain rice--is that it? If you post the recipe maybe we can help figure out what it's calling for.
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Old 12-29-2004, 02:39 PM   #3
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I have to agree with PA Baker ... tell us what the recipe says. From your description - it might be an option to use either this or that.

Cellophane noodles (aka bean threads) are made from mung beans.

If the recipe calls for "long rice" - just look for a bag labeled "long grain rice" where you find rice in your grocery store - it's the most common form in America.
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Old 12-29-2004, 02:41 PM   #4
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Spryte, I don't know if these are available in the Asian section of supermarkets in Pittsburgh, or if the supermarkets in Pittsburgh even HAVE an Asian section, so you will most likely have to go to an Asian market and ask for bean threads, cellophane noodles, or even rice noodles or rice sticks. These are actually noodles made from mung beans or rice. Cooking directions should be on the package, but I prepare them by placing them in a sieve or collandar inside a bowl, then filling the bowl with boiling water and letting them sit until soft, about 10 or 15 minutes usually.
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Old 12-29-2004, 02:45 PM   #5
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Spryte, we have these in our healthfood stores in Central PA so I'm sure you can find them out in the 'burgh!
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Old 12-29-2004, 02:50 PM   #6
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[b]Michael is right. Long rice is cellophane noodles made with mungbean flour. It is sold dried and in a small bundle.

http://www.wchstv.com/gmarecipes/chickenlongrice.shtml
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Old 12-29-2004, 02:57 PM   #7
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Just did a Google search and found several recipes for "Luau Chicken Long Rice" ... yep - you want "cellophane noodles", "bean threads", or "glass noodles". My grocery store doesn't have the largest Asian ethnic section (mostly Mexican in my neighborhood) ... but they have them.
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I'll head out to the strip district to the Asian market.... thanks everyone!
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Old 12-29-2004, 04:28 PM   #9
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Spryte - don't use rice noodles - different animal entirely, you absolutely want the 'bean thread' noodles for Chicken long rice!
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Old 12-29-2004, 05:31 PM   #10
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Marm is right. "Long Rice" is bean thread noodles broken before cooking into 2-3 inch piece.

Any asian market will have them.
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