Recipe: Rice

“Wait … what? There’s a recipe for rice?? I just throw the stuff in the rice cooker, hit the button, then go do my nails.”

Ummm, no, that’s just not right …

Look, this is really simple. Those Asian rice cookers are totally unnecessary except for collecting dust. To me, they’re like cooking popcorn in the microwave … you do it because it’s easy. Then, when you have real popcorn, you think to yourself, “What the hey … this actually tastes good!”

Get yourself some real rice. Not that Uncle Ben’s stuff or that Minute Rice. Get some Riceland in a clear plastic bag, or any version of a real Asian rice at your local oriental grocery. Ok, fine … the Riceland stuff is at Kroger or Meijer or wherever …

In a pot that has a close-fitting lid, combine 1 part rice to 2 parts water, mixing them well with a fork. Leaving the lid off, bring this to a boil, then turn the heat down a bit so there’s a good rolling simmer going. Stir it on occasion, but not too much, just enough to keep things moving. When about half of the water has been absorbed and you can start seeing small craters in the top of the rice, stir it one last time with the fork, pop the lid on the pot, remove it from the heat and walk away. Oh, and turn that burner off.

Don’t touch the covered pot for, like, 10 minutes. No, really, don’t touch it.

At the end of those 10 minutes, open it up and fluff the rice with a fork. Add salt if you’d like. It’s good that way.

Rice cooker? “Aye don’ need no steenkink rice cooker!”

That’s right. And neither do you.


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  1. Me part with my rice cooker?! Thats like amputation! Can’t believe it takes a Caucasian midwesterner to teach a Chinese gal to cook rice on the stovetop!!! LOL!

  2. I can’t believe you actually admitted to not knowing how to cook rice on your own blog! 😉

  3. I resent the “do my nails” comment! I am with my cooking soul sister, Steamy but I will try the recipe and see what’s up.

    I could make my mom proud. Wait, she’s the one that bought the cooker for me! Well, she didn’t want her son to starve. 😉

  4. Dave;

    A day without rice, is a bad day…

    In one of the chinese dialects, the way you greet someone is to literally ask them if they have eaten (rice) today. Rice is food, rice is life.


  5. SGC, not sure I want to know about your nails. Did Jaden do them for you? 😉 Honestly, my mom could never cook rice except for the minute stuff. She’s the one in need of a rice cooker!

    Griff, when I worked at Toyota we were told the rice was the main part of every Japanese meal, with anything else, fish, chicken, vegetables, etc., being secondary to the rice. No wonder those folks are so skinny!

  6. Well, aren’t you throwing around a bunch of stereotypes. 😛

    We don’t just have Michigan in common. We’re both geeks. I work in the tech field too- web designer. Used to be out in A2 a lot. Have you eaten at Eve yet?

    What do you think? I am thinking about it.

  7. I know, they’d be 50% lighter if I were using monotypes … 😉

    I haven’t eaten at Eve’s yet, but as she was one of the national chefs at Taste of the Nation: Toledo I did get to chat with her a bit while videotaping. We were also able to try the chicken Thai dumplings she’d brought along, which is in her cookbook. Man, were they ever good! We’ll get to her restaurant as soon as we can. That’s how impressed we were with her.

  8. Yeah, I just checked out the site. I think I’ll be having a date night this weekend. I also snagged her cookbook and will be checking that out.

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