#009: Heirloom Rice

As Asians, we eat a lot of rice. It’s a staple in our diet, yet we pay very little attention to it, often coupling it with stronger flavours and intense sauces, with the rice serving more as a vehicle for these flavours. But really, there can be so much flavour to the rice itself.

This is especially true when it comes to heirloom rice varieties, as I found out from Lilian Chen and Melisa Lim. They’re co-founders of the Langit Collective, a social enterprise championing rice farmers in East Malaysia, and honestly I learnt so much about rice farming, and the challenges many East Malaysian farmers face.