Thursday, 24 November 2011

Steamed Rice : Japanese Style


I like Japanese food a lot and I am awed by the Japanese rice not to mention sushi and sashimi (my husband Frederick and I share a love of sashimi and sushi).  I thought before that the Japanese has a special Japanese rice variety which they use for their steamed rice, little did I know that I can also make my own Japanese-style rice anytime :-)  PROVIDED I have the time and that I am not in my lazy mood.

I read an article on how to make Japanese steamed rice- How to cook rice, or the essence of Japanese Cuisine  . The article provided a detailed observation of how Japanese rice is cooked by a Japanese chef – Chef Maruyama.  I didn’t follow the instructions though to the detail.  I made a few short cuts since I was already hungry.  Still I was able to achieve what I wanted to – the Japanese type of steamed rice (yipee)

The steamed rice is a lot whiter and stickier and the grains looked larger and longer and are of the same size as compared to our usual rice cooking process where the rice grains appeared uneven in size, there are shorter and longer grains, and even in color.

I enjoyed my Japanese style steamed rice.  It’s not advisable to do this though if your cooking time is limited.  I meant, if your too hungry that you can’t wait for another 40 minutes :-) I’m not sure if it’s because of the rice that I ate more than I use to or because it was because of my viand, a delicious prok adobo cooked in salt and vinegar ( click adobong baboy sa asin for the recipe)

A must try fellows ;-)

Ingredients:

Jasmine Rice - 3 cups
Water – 3 and 3/4 cups
We only cook Jasmine rice but you can use any available rice in your kitchen, regardless if it is short or long grain

Cooking Procedure:

1. Wash the rice three times.
2. soak it in water for 30 minutes.  Drain and leave it for 5 minutes.
3. Place drained rice and the water in a rice cooker and cook as per the rice cookers manual.

Makes 9 servings.  Here’s the estimated Nutritional values per serving based on the ingredients used:

Calories :   242  kcalTotal Fat:  0.4 g.
Cholesterol : 0  mg.Saturated fat :  0.1  g.
Protein :   4 gDietary fiber :  0.6  g.
Sodium : 0 g.Carbohydrate :  53.2 g

 foodformylove(24November2011)

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