13.01.2013 Cooking and Tips
Properly cooked rice is essential to a good Asian meal. Rice goes with almost every dish, even standing on its own as an entree. To make perfectly cooked rice, just follow these easy steps:
Step 1: Choose a trusted brand, because not all rice are created equal. We recommend visiting an Asian grocer to select the brands they carry. Or if you don’t have one nearby, Costco carries some good brands.
Step 2: Use a 1:2 ratio of rice to water. For this how-to, we used 1 cup dry rice to 2 cups water.
Step 3: Rinse the rice. There are two schools of thought here, but this advice has been passed down to us from many mothers and grandmothers. Rinsing rice removes some of the starch and other particles, as well as the talc that is sometimes used in processing.
Step 4: Pour rinsed rice and water into a saucepan, and bring to a boil on high heat. (Use a saucepan that will be large enough for cooked rice. Expect the rice to expand about 3 times when cooked.)
Step 5: Once the pot begins to boil, cover it with a lid and reduce the heat to low. Let the rice simmer on low for 20 minutes, then check it. Trying not to let too much steam escape, quickly lift the lid, fluff the rice with a fork, and taste a grain. It should be soft, all the way through when it’s done, but not yet mushy. If the center is still crunchy, keep cooking and check again in a few minutes. When cooking rice, try not to check it too often. Every time you open the lid you’re letting out water and heat that are supposed to be cooking your rice. If it is very nearly done, don’t return it to heat. Just replace the lid, remove it from heat, and let it sit for 5 minutes to soak up that last bit of moisture. One final bit of advice: don’t add more water to the pot unless it’s bone dry and the rice is still hard in the center – it’s easy to mess up and make it soggy if you add more water than you need to.