Perfectly steamed white rice, do you always try to figure out the best way to do this? Instead of cooking it right, do you end up buying par-boiled (aka quick cooking rice) or pre-cooked rice?
As much as how people get more and more health conscious, we still consume a lot of steamed white rice, especially Asian.
I must say that I eat rice every day throughout my life. And in my first 29 years of life, I only know how to rinse, add water into the rice and turn on the rice cooker. Those were the 3 steps that I needed to worry about.
Well, after getting married and moved over to the States, rice is not on everybody's diet. So, cooking rice pretty much is a once a week thing. Should I buy a rice cooker?
Well, in 2002, rice cooker sold in the US market were so outdated. And I am talking about the models and technology were 10 years behind. Surprisingly, you still can easily find this outdated model in Walmart 15 years later. So, what's the point, right?
Since I know the basic steps of cooking a pot of perfectly steamed white rice, I only needed to find out the difference from using an electric rice cooker versus a regular pot on stove top.
Well, well, well...I couldn't believe it. Just once, I got it. But I always like to question myself. I decided to do it again. It just confirmed that I got it right the very first time.
In 29 years, it was the first time I cooked a pot of rice without a rice cooker. I got to tell you. It felt very surreal. 15 years later, I am still using this same method. So, here I am today to share with you a foolproof way to cook perfectly steamed white rice on stove top without an electric rice cooker. It is the basis of cooking a pot of best fried rice as well.
First and foremost, you must rinse the rice very, very well. How well?
Rinse it until the water is clear that you can see through the bottom
where the rice is.
Here are 2 different ways to cook a pot of perfectly steamed white rice:
This is the most common way how the Chinese cook steamed white rice.
I know you would say, “Different people have different size and length of their fingers." But I can guarantee you that it works for everybody. I don't know what I can tell you. My husband's hands are way bigger than mine. His fingers are at least 3/4" longer than mine, too.
If he or I can cook a pot of perfectly steamed white rice by using this same method, you can, too.
I know, I know.....some people like to measure everything. So, here are the steps:
We talked about all the steps to prepare the rice and water. So, how to cook it? Be patient for the first 5 minutes and you are literally all set:
Side note: Gourmet Chinese food uses clay pot to cook rice although it started out only poor people using this method before my greatgrandparent generation. If you strive for that kind of special flavor from a clay pot, there is an appliance combining both electric rice cooker and clay pot into one. Yep, it is like the best of both worlds. Check it out.
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