Created by Maurice Kanba, an inventor, author and philanthropist in his home kitchen, this blend of rice, lentils, barley and other grains, offers a delicious alternative to your standard side dishes. The combination of rice and whole grains offers a nutty, earthy flavor without being overpowering and lends a nice textural difference to your repertoire. Made with a combination of Barley, Black Lentils, Brown Lentils, Buckwheat, Green Lentils, Long Grain Brown Rice, Oats, Rye Berries and Wheat Berries, Soo Foo is high in protein and fiber and contains very little fat.
I made it plain as a side dish to a roasted chicken and instead of using salt in it’s easy preparation, I added a bit of powered chicken consommé. The package recommends using one cup of Soo Foo to two cups of water and 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil with ½ teaspoon of salt. Just like brown rice and some legumes, it does take about 45-50 minutes to simmer and cook. You can adjust the cooking time and water amounts slightly to achieve your desired texture. I prefer rice slightly softer than al dente so I tend to use the full amount of water and cook it slightly longer. I did see some recipes on their website adding mushrooms, herbs and other wonderful variations. I look forward to trying many of them as I love this product! And more importantly, my little picky eaters enjoyed eating this as well. So this will surely become a staple in our house.
The downside is that it seems to only be available at the moment in California where you can find it a several grocers including Whole Foods. However, you can purchase directly from their website either by the case (12x 1lb bags) or a 25lb bag. So maybe buy a case and share it with your neighbor. We all should be eating a little bit healthier anyways!