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    Perfect Short-Grain White Rice by Listening (Japanese, Korean, C

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    52 mins

    2 mins

    50 mins

    Nose's Note:

    I never could cook short-grain East Asian-style rice until I learned this method from Japanese cookbooks. I knew what I was after: the rice should stick together enough that mouthfuls can easily be picked up with chopsticks, but not be at all sticky or gummy. Each grain should be white and smooth, almost pearl-like, and should taste subtly not just of starch but of delicious grain. For a long time, my short-grain rice was not only not perfect, it often turned out gummy or scorched. I had been able to cook any kind of long-grain rice quite well for years; with that I seem to pick up on some cues I can't quite put into words, maybe just the timing, or some change in the smell. This knack didn't translate to short-grain rice, and I continued to struggle until I read some Japanese cookbooks. As soon as I tried this method, I was able to produce nearly perfect short-grain white rice right away. The cues for how to cook the short-grain rice are in the sounds it makes while cooking. A Japanese nursery rhyme explains: Hajime choro choro (At first it bubbles) Naka pa ppa (And then it hisses) Akago naite mo (Even if the baby is crying (from hunger)) Futa toru na (Don't remove the lid)

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      You will probably want to start preparing the rice before the rest of the meal; if it is ready first, it will stay hot for a while in the pot.
    2. 2
      First, wash the rice with water, by swishing the water through with your hands or a wooden spoon, and then draining-- some older cookbooks will tell you to rinse thoroughly, but most modern rice says on the package"no talc," (that's what they use to polish it), so all you are doing is washing off the surface dust.
    3. 3
      Put the rice and measured water into a medium flat-bottomed pot with a tight-fitting lid.
    4. 4
      Ideally, you will soak the rice for 15 minutes to 3 hours before starting to cook it, but if you are pressed for time, you can add an extra tablespoon of water and skip the soak.
    5. 5
      Cover the pot, turn the heat on high, and bring the rice to a boil (about 4 minutes): you will know it is boiling because you will hear it bubbling and"dancing" inside the pot.
    6. 6
      Do not remove the lid.
    7. 7
      Turn the heat to low (if you have an electric stove you may need to switch to another burner) and simmer (about 15 minutes): you will hear the rice burbling a bit.
    8. 8
      Do not remove the lid.
    9. 9
      When the water is all absorbed, the sound will change to a low hiss.
    10. 10
      When you hear the hissing sound, turn the heat up to high again for just 20-30 seconds to help"dry off" the bottom of the rice.
    11. 11
      Do not remove the lid.
    12. 12
      Turn off the heat completely (especially if you have an electric stove, remove the pot from the heat altogether) and let the rice stand covered (do not remove the lid!) and steam itself for another 10-20 minutes.
    13. 13
      Dampen a wooden spoon or wooden rice paddle.
    14. 14
      Now remove the lid!
    15. 15
      Toss the rice lightly with the spoon or paddle so that it is fluffed a bit but still clumps enough to be picked up with chopsticks.
    16. 16
      If you need to keep the rice hot a while longer, hold a kitchen towel to the lid of the pot to absorb the moisture, then put the lid back on the pot.
    17. 17
      Serve in individual rice bowls.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 31, 2012

      55

      Excellent method! It produced the texture that I always try for (and fail). Thanks for posting this!

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    • on March 22, 2011

      55

      Great advice for cooking short grain rice, which is something I did for the first time today! following this recipe gave me perfect sticky rice which topped of our dinner of Thai Pineapple Curry :O) Yum.

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    • on March 21, 2010

      55

      Consistently, this has been my go to recipe for short grained rice. I make it in a regular pot with a good tight lid. The timing is perfect, and it never-ever-never comes out wrong. Thank-you!

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    Nutritional Facts for Perfect Short-Grain White Rice by Listening (Japanese, Korean, C

    Serving Size: 1 (119 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 3

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 358.0
     
    Calories from Fat 4
    30%
    Total Fat 0.5 g
    0%
    Saturated Fat 0.1 g
    0%
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    0%
    Sodium 5.1 mg
    0%
    Total Carbohydrate 79.1 g
    26%
    Dietary Fiber 2.8 g
    11%
    Sugars 0.0 g
    0%
    Protein 6.5 g
    13%

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