“Bread is the staff of life.”
Whoever said this definitely was not Asian. Okay, I stand corrected. Whoever said this must not have been Filipino.
Bread is not our staff of life, but rice is. It is the be all and end all of meals: breakfast, lunch, merienda cena (afternoon snack), dinner and everything else in between. And so, it is quintessential for a Filipino kitchen, wherever they are in the world, to have a rice cooker. Uh, and we do not have one.
No rice cooker at all? Yep, us and our start-up kitchen. So how do we cook our daily rice? Easy! The old fashioned way.
My family’s kitchen actually adopted the rice cooker into daily use fairly recently, so I grew up eating rice from a pot, whose mouth bubbled like a rabid dog whilst cooking. Sometimes we’d get perfectly moist rice and sometimes we’d get a lot of tutong (toasted rice). So the key is to be mindful of rice cooking. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to cook rice without a rice cooker: