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Food and Travel (Singapore) - - Table Talk -

Cul­ti­vated in rice fields in the Chang­bai Moun­tain area, the Fra­grance 43°N japon­ica grain is the first agri­cul­ture prod­uct from a joint ven­ture be­tween Sin­ga­pore and China. Known for its stout ap­pear­ance, japon­ica rice is mostly used in sushi but can also be en­joyed in lo­cal dishes like con­gee and nasi lemak.

The Sino-sin­ga­pore Jilin Food Zone (SSJFZ) in China joins other coun­tries such as Aus­tralia and Viet­nam in farm­ing the Ja­panese strain of rice. Pam­pered with a tem­per­ate sub-mon­soon cli­mate, fer­tile soil un­touched by in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion and the Xingx­ing­shao Reser­voir nearby, the rice crops thrive un­in­hib­ited. A food and drug ad­min­is­tra­tion set up specif­i­cally for the SSJFZ en­sures that in­ter­na­tional safety reg­u­la­tions are met. S$11.70 for 2.5kg and S$23.30 for 5kg. Avail­able at all NTUC Fairprice Xtra hyper­mar­kets and Fairprice Finest su­per­mar­kets.

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