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2004/06/19 23:16:25 (permalink)

Rice as a breakfast side dish

Many years ago (1970's), I spent a summer in North Carolina. I vaguely remember some restaurants offering rice as a breakfast side dish along with potatoes and grits. In other words, with any egg dish, you could get rice or potatoes or grits.

As I have never seen rice offered this way in the ensuing years, I am wondering if my memory is indeed correct. Does anyone know of any areas of the South or otherwise where rice is served as a breakfast side?

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    Ralph Isbill
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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/06/20 02:22:45 (permalink)
    Growing up I have often had rice as a breakfast cereal. A bowl of hot rice, butter and sugar always worked for me. When my Filipino Daughter-in-law got here she thought I was crazy. She eats rice almost every day, and now sometimes as a cereal.
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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/06/20 07:50:54 (permalink)
    I remember my grandmother cooking & serving rice as a breakfast item many times. I could never get over it but when she spooned it out next to some of her famous scrambled eggs with cheese and some "HOMEMADE" sausage and cheesetoast ( redrind hoop cheese slowly baked onto the bread ) you were in heaven. Miss you grandma........
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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/06/20 07:59:29 (permalink)
    DL&WP ---- grandma sounds like a great cook----that was some breakfast !!!!!!!
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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/06/21 09:15:03 (permalink)
    I have lived in North Carolina my entire life and have never had rice for breakfast. Neither have I seen it on any breakfast menus in my area of North Carolina. I have heard people talking about eating rice with sugar on it but I have never tried it. I just want butter or gravy on my rice.
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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/06/21 09:44:26 (permalink)
    The wife eats rice with a little butter and sugar pretty regularly for Breakfast.
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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/06/21 09:56:01 (permalink)
    Fried rice is one of my favorite breakfasts, forget side-dishes! I saw Sam Choy on TV once make fried rice topped with beef stew and an omelette - now that will put some fuel in your engine.... I also love congee for breakfast, and an old GF of Japanese heritage adored leftover white rice topped with green tea (even if I never quite got used to the concept).
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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/06/21 10:21:33 (permalink)
    My father was from the midwest (IN) and spoke of putting sugar on rice & eating it as a breakfast dish; but as we lived in the South he didn't dare, nor did he put sugar on grits.
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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/06/21 11:58:51 (permalink)
    Being a native of North Carolina I have eaten rice many, many times for breakfast. Mom used to serve rice with sausage biscuits and gravy or butter for breakfast. I personally could never acquire a taste for the sugar/milk rice.

    I have seen rice on the menu at a lot of small NC restautants. Wink's in Salisbury I believe still offers rice.

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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/06/21 13:37:26 (permalink)
    There is really not a lot of difference in flavor between putting sugar and milk on rice, OR putting sugar and milk on Cream of Rice cereal, OR eating rice pudding. When I was very young I was allergic to potatoes as well as wheat and wheat products, so my Mother fixed a lot of dishes with rice. I am not allergic now, but I still LOVE rice in all its forms (especially rice and gravy, hopping john, rice pudding, broccoli-rice casserole, fried rice, as well as Chinese dishes over rice) and I usually eat rice in some way at least 2 to 3 times every week.
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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/06/21 15:48:54 (permalink)
    I lived in the Philippines for a long time. Garlic fried rice is a breakfast standard. Use leftover rice from the night before (or make some extra; fried rice always works better with cold rice). The basic is mashed-up garlic, rice, salt -- some hot oil in a frying pay, fry the garlic, add the rice and salt, and heat through. Like any other fried rice, options for extras depend on what you have and what you like; diced Chinese sausage is always a favorite. The fried rice goes great with fried eggs, corned beef (another standard), and most other breakfast food.
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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/06/21 21:05:07 (permalink)
    Scarlett:

    That's it!! - the restaurant that I remember was in Salisbury. If it was there in 1978, maybe it was the same one. If I remember the rice was a little bit creamy consistency, like grits.

    I also could never get into the mik/sugar thing on rice, but gravy or butter are great.
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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/06/21 22:12:44 (permalink)
    Wistah!

    I want you to know that Wink's is still going strong. Due to road construction they had to relocate but only about a the mile or so.
    Do you remember much about it? I always thought the main dining room reminded me of a diner. The BBQ there is good as is their flounder dinners which I almost always order.

    Maybe you'll be back down Salisbury way and try out the new location.

    Scarlett
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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/07/09 13:50:35 (permalink)
    Sort of off topic, but.... Rice with breakfast is a fairly common practice in Hawaii too. Even at McDonalds, you can get rice as a side with your portuguese sausage and eggs. Strange but true.
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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/07/13 10:25:57 (permalink)
    My dad from Va. ate rice as a cereal with sugar and milk. He met my mom from NC where they ate rice with gravy. One Sunday at dinner he followed what everyone else did. The gravy went on the rice. This was the first time he ate rice and gravy. When he was in the service(Marines) they were stationed overseas either China or Japan. He would eat fried rice for breakfast with an easyover egg on top. He would tell the cook "Easy, Easy, Easy", how he wanted his egg.
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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/07/13 10:29:00 (permalink)
    My dad from Va. ate rice as a cereal with sugar and milk. He met my mom from NC where they ate rice with gravy. One Sunday at dinner he followed what everyone else did. The gravy went on the rice. This was the first time he ate rice and gravy. When he was in the service(Marines) they were stationed overseas either China or Japan. He would eat fried rice for breakfast with an easyover egg on top. He would tell the cook "Easy, Easy, Easy", how he wanted his egg.
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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/07/13 16:23:28 (permalink)
    Mamaw Smith has rice with sausage gravy on a very frequent basis. I love her gravy with anything including potatoes, both baked, fried or mashed and even for breakfast.

    Mamaw Smith's diet is very strict. She almost never eats what she cooks except she does rice dailey with peanut butter for lunch. She stays at a 110 pounds at 82. Never gains and never loose.

    Due to the Atkins thing, my gravy consumption is slowed. The smell of her fresh sausage gravy is so very tempting. The rice puts it out of consumption due to carbs.

    I have been doing the Atkins thing for 11 months and I have reduced from 217 to 177. Life ain't easy, Atkins is boring but evening libations is zero carbs.

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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/07/13 17:40:33 (permalink)
    Apropos of nothing, my favorite breakfast is cold, leftover fried rice from any skeevy Chinese takeout.
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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/07/14 01:53:49 (permalink)
    I love rice. I'll eat it any way mentioned here and quite a few more besides. I love it just with soy sauce or with all kinds of different Asian sauces (ponzu, tonkatsu, hoisin etc etc) as well as gravy or butter. I also love rice pudding, arancini (deep fried Italian rice balls)--well, never met a way to serve rice I didn't like.
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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/07/14 03:25:35 (permalink)
    Add me to the list of rice and egg breakfast lovers.. I like fried rice and eggs, pilaf and eggs, heck i'll even take rice a roni and eggs...
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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/07/14 04:22:24 (permalink)
    This link will probably be of interest to everybody:

    http://cooking.houseonahill.net/index.php/food/recipe/curried-rice/

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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/07/20 09:31:17 (permalink)
    I'm from Charleston (SC) -- Enough said.
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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/07/30 23:23:44 (permalink)
    about 8 years ago, in hawaii, I had a breakfast dish called loco moco.it was eggs and hamburger patties and sticky rice and gravy. oh my head, it was so good. on kauai they had it in lots of restaurants.
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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/07/31 16:27:48 (permalink)
    In Japan, they eat ice for breakfast with fish and miso soup. Whenw e were in California, the restaurant at the Hotel had a Japanese breakfast buffet too ad my duaghter just loved it. I love Cream of Rice. In SOuthern India, they eat Dosas made with Cream of rice for breakfaast. I'll eat just about anything anytime, but I tend NOT to like sweet stuff first thing in the morning.
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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/07/31 17:25:33 (permalink)
    love rice with scrambled eggs shrimp and green onions a great way to begin the day
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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/07/31 18:32:38 (permalink)
    good luck with the Adkin's,PAUL......diets and roadfood affectionados are usually not a good mix,so I realize what you are going through must be tough. correct me if I'm wrong but aren't fried pork rinds OK on this diet?
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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/10/18 22:48:44 (permalink)
    We have rice for breakfast in my family all the time. We eat it hot with sugar. Yum
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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/10/19 11:00:38 (permalink)
    Our family has been eating rice and orzo noodles cooked together in chicken broth for a breakfast dish for as long as I can remember. We serve it hot with butter and a little milk poured on top but no sugar. With some fried ham and fruit, it's my idea of a perfect way to start the day.
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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/10/19 12:12:48 (permalink)
    I'm with BT. I love rice of all kinds. I have 7 different rices on hand. When growing up I ate white rice with butter, raisins and sugar for breakfast. Now I'm more likely to have it savory in the morning, with tonkatsu or chutney, with some vegetables and sometimes an egg on top if it's Thai fried Jasmine rice. I like to pan fry left over risotto. That's really good.
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    RE: Rice as a breakfast side dish 2004/10/19 18:00:10 (permalink)
    The Sundancer likes rice with sausage gravy

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