Monday, September 1, 2008

rice cooker

Dear FM
I heard from your dad that you have checked out the price of the rice cookers in Canada, and that they are rather expensive (about CAD40/-) as compared to here, where we can get a rice cooker for less than RM100/-.
So I suggest that you do not buy a rice cooker, but use a microwave oven instead since there is a microwave oven available. Just buy a heat roof casserole, which I think would be cheaper. Actually for one person, i think it would be much easier to cook rice in a microwave, since you can just cook a small amount, say about a cup of rice, unlike in the rice cooker, where you would need to cook more. Then you would end up eating overnight rice all the time, or maybe frying rice.
Cooking rice in the microwave is rather easy. Just wash a cup of rice, place in the casserole with adequate water to cover the rice. Soak for a while to let the rice soften, and then cook in the microwave on high for 10 mins. Of cos, this would depend on the microwave. Some would have a present program for cooking rice. Just extend the cooking time if rice is not done yet. Let it stand for a while, and then fluff up the rice with a pair of chopsticks. You can also steam the rice, like what your grandma did way before electric rice cookers became popular and affordable.
Your daddy says that you can also cook the rice over the stove, as that is what he did when he was studying abroad, but personally i think it is rather tedious, as you would need to watch over the rice. If you are not careful, you may end up with burnt rice, which means wastage!

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