[Sca-cooks] OOP - Funky smell to Vietnamese Spring Roll Wrappers?

Mariann Eaves drmrsgal at yahoo.com
Mon Aug 24 08:14:44 PDT 2009

My mother, born and raised in Oahu will wash the rice to rid it of the
surface starch but to make sure that it is "clean".  Old habits die hard.


On 8/24/09, Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius <adamantius1 at verizon.net>
> On Aug 24, 2009, at 10:48 AM, Audrey Bergeron-Morin wrote:
> Maybe there's some kind of dessicant or conservative in the packaging
>> that dissipates once it's open?
> Could be. I even wondered about some molds on the rice before, during, or
> after processing, mimicking some human digestive process and producing that
> distinctive barf aroma. Maybe even some kind of insect repellent. I'm not
> even ruling out actual ralfing on the product itself.
> My lady wife has the true Asian's pathological concern for washing rice (I
> apologize for what may appear to be a racist remark; it's just a very common
> characteristic I have noted; it is in no way a value judgement), some of
> which I'm sure stems from culture-transcending personal taste and quality
> concerns over issues like surface starch, but also feeding into urban
> legends (and possibly urban facts, for all I know) about illiterate people
> mistakenly adding rat poison to rice, thinking it is starch. I wouldn't
> know; I don't think I've ever actually seen rat poison in my life.
> I guess what I'm saying is, there's almost nothing that could find its way
> into the packing or the product itself, that would surprise me very much.
> Adamantius
> "Most men worry about their own bellies, and other people's souls, when we
> all ought to worry about our own souls, and other people's bellies."
>                        -- Rabbi Israel Salanter
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