If you can’t find rice don’t forget barley

Hi all,

My supermarket ran out of rice two days ago but last night the barley shelf was full. Japanese only use barley as an add in for rice so it is not on everyone’s list of staple foods. There are three kinds at my supermarket: komekomugi (cracked barley that looks like rice – above), oshimugi (rolled barley), and vitabare (cracked, rolled and fortified with vitamin B – above). Use a 2:1 water:barley ratio and cook it in the rice cooker or on the stove. The vitabare cookes the fastest on the stove.

Vocabulary
大麦 (おおむぎ oomugi) Barley
押し麦/押麦 (おしむぎ oshimugi) Rolled barley
米粉麦 (こめこむぎ komekomugi?) Cracked barley (the English translation is my guess)

Barley is located in the rice section, usually on the top shelf. Here 800g is 300-400 yen.

2 thoughts on “If you can’t find rice don’t forget barley

  1. Thanks for that advice! Moreover, cup noodles were originally invented after the 2nd WW, in order to give people something to eat that can be easily stored and made. So I alway have a stock in the back of my kitchen shelf. 😉

  2. Thanks for that advice! Moreover, cup noodles were originally invented after the 2nd WW, in order to give people something to eat that can be easily stored and made. So I alway have a stock in the back of my kitchen shelf. 😉

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