How to Cook Rice like an Asian, the Right Way!

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There are many ways to cook rice, but the best and most authentic way to cook Asian rice is by using a pot and cover. In this blog post, we will teach you how to cook Asian rice the right way! We will also share some tips on how to make your rice more flavorful. Let’s get started!

 

The different types of rice and the best way to cook them:

Asian countries love rice. Rice is the staple food in many Asian countries, especially Japan where people can eat 2-3 servings of rice per day. There are thousands of different types of rice, but all rice fall into one of three categories: Sticky/Glutinous, Fluffy/Long Grain, and Broken/Short Grain.

  • Sticky/Glutinous rice is also known as sweet rice or sticky rice:  This type of rice is naturally starchier, so it tends to clump together when cooked in Asian rice cookers. You can check out some of the best Asian rice cookers here.

It has the most distinct form among all types of rice because it gets really sticky and can be formed into many shapes without falling apart. Sticky/Glutinous rice is commonly used in Thai desserts, such as “Thong Yip” or “Khanom Bueang”. It can also be formed into shapes to make fruit salad.

  • Fluffy/Long Grain does not clump together when cooked: This type of rice has a light and soft texture after being cooked.
  • Broken/Short Grain is a type of rice that has been broken down into smaller pieces:  It is usually more slightly starchy compared with Fluffy/Long Grain, but it is not as sticky as the Sticky/Glutinous rice. When cooked, Broken/Short Grain tends to break apart into two or three sections instead of staying whole like Fluffy/Long Grain.

Asian countries mostly cook Sticky/Glutinous rice because it has the best texture to be formed into many different shapes. 

It also tastes good with every type of sauce and ingredient. Many Asian desserts are made out of Sticky/Glutinous rice, for example, “Bubur Pulot Hitam”, “Kuih Bangkit”, “Kuih Ketayap”, and “Kueh Dadar”.

 

How to Cook Rice like an Asian, the Right Way!

 

How to measure the water and rice correctly?

The general rule for cooking Asian rice is to measure 1 cup of water per 1 cup of rice.

If you are cooking Broken/Short Grain or Fluffy/Long Grain, reduce the amount of water by 1 tablespoon per every 2 cups of rice or add several drops oil to the water for a better texture. 

If you are using an Asian rice cooker, then either follow the instruction of your rice cooker or follow the general rule above depending on the type of rice you are using.

 

How to Cook Rice like an Asian, the Right Way!

 

How to cook Asian rice?

  • Wash your rice thoroughly by using a strainer and cold water until the water becomes clear. To do this, put in enough rice so it covers most of the surface area of the strainer. 
  • Then place the strainer under running water while rinsing the rice so that all of the starch is removed. After washing, keep adding more cold water to your rice and continue to rinse it until you see the water becoming slightly clear.
  • Put 3 cups of available water into a pot big enough for the amount of rice you are cooking.
  • In a separate bowl, put your rice and 1 cup of water and mix it together by using a spoon or chopsticks. Then pour the mixed rice into the pot slowly without stopping because we want the mixture to be poured evenly and consistently.
  • Once all of the rice has been added, turn on the stove and let it come to a boil until most of the water has been evaporated. Once you notice that there is only a little bit of water left, spread out all of the rice and make sure that it is not clumped together.
  • Put about 1 inch (2.5cm) of distance between the rice and the top of the pot.
  • Put an appropriate amount of salt, butter or cooking oil on top to give it a richer flavor depending on your personal preference.
  • Cover your pot with an airtight lid so that all steam can be trapped inside, allowing the rice to cook faster.
  • Let the rice continue to cook on low heat until the water completely evaporates.
  • Take off the lid of your pot once you notice that there is no more steam coming out and mix your rice one last time to make sure that it does not get burned on the bottom of the pot.
  • Cover your pot with an airtight lid again and let it sit for about 4 to 5 minutes before turning off the stove.
  • Now your Asian rice is ready to be served! If you are using Sticky/Glutinous rice, then steam it for about 10 minutes or until it becomes soft and elastic like a ball.

 

How to Cook Rice like an Asian, the Right Way!

 

The importance of rinsing the rice before cooking:

Rinsing the rice thoroughly will remove excess starch and dirt. As a result, after cooking, each grain of rice will be separate from the other and not clumped together to look like a ball or a glue-like texture. You can enjoy eating your individual grains of rice that are soft and fluffy!

What to do if your rice is overcooked or undercooked?

If your rice is overcooked, it will be soft and mushy like baby food!

If your rice is undercooked, don’t worry because you can cook it again. Put about 2 cups of water into a pot big enough for the amount of rice you are cooking. Then add in the already cooked rice and put 1 cup of available water.

Mix your rice together by using a wooden spoon or chopsticks and make sure the mixture is even. Then put the pot on medium or high heat depending on how quickly you want it to cook. 

Cover your pot with an airtight lid until most of the water has evaporated. Make sure that there is no more steam coming out of the pot and that all of the rice is evenly separated from each other.

Now cover your pot again with an airtight lid and cook it on low heat for about 5 to 10 minutes depending on how soft you want it to be. If you want to add a richer taste, put butter or oil on top while cooking.

 

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Tips for making delicious and fragrant Asian-style rice dishes:

  • Adding butter or cooking oil gives the rice a richer taste!
  • Cover your pot with an airtight lid so that all steam can be trapped inside, allowing the rice to cook faster.
  • If you overcook your rice, put about 2 cups of water into a pot big enough for the amount of rice you are cooking. Then add in the already cooked rice and put 1 cup of available water.
  • Mix your rice together by using a wooden spoon or chopsticks and make sure the mixture is even. Then put the pot on medium or high heat depending on how quickly you want it to cook for about 5 to 10 minutes until it becomes soft again.
  • Make sure to cover your pot with an airtight lid again and let it sit for about 4 to 5 minutes before turning off the stove.
  • To make rice porridge or “Jook”, you should add more water when cooking instead of putting in less like when making sticky rice because it will expand when cooked.
  • If you are cooking brown rice, you should add more water when cooking it. This is because the bran of brown rice takes longer to cook than white rice.
  • If your pot does not have an airtight lid, wrap a kitchen towel around your pot while covering it instead so that steam can be trapped inside and allow the rice to cook faster.

Conclusion 

What are you waiting for? Get cooking! Try these tips to make delicious and fragrant Asian-style rice dishes. You’ll be amazed at how simple it is, not to mention the fact that your family will love them too.

Plus, if you’re looking for a way to get more of this healthy food into their diet while still indulging in some tasty treats – look no further than making homemade sushi or fried rice with bacon–you can’t go wrong either way! So what are you waiting for? Go on now, cook up something awesome.

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