Sunday, September 21, 2008

Coin-operated


On our way home from a bit of shopping, we happened upon this thing.

At first I thought it was a coin-operated rice dispenser or something sitting in the middle of a parking lot.

But on closer inspection we figured out that it is a coin-operated rice mill sitting in the middle of a parking lot.

See, when you buy rice at the supermarket, it's generally already polished so that you can just lightly rinse it and then throw it in the pot (or rice cooker if you have one).

But when you buy it from some other places, such as directly from the farm where it was produced, it's possible that the rice is still unpolished.

Hence the need (?) for this kiosk sitting in the middle of a residential area (without a rice farm for miles).

Interesting.


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