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How to cook rice in an electric rice cooker, Vietnamese way

Updated on March 4, 2013

Rice is the central point of Vietnamese food, to learn Vietnamese cooking, you must learn to cook rice. There is another hub about how to cook rice in a pot/ on the stove, however, this hub is going to show you how to cook rice with electric rice cooker.


  • 1 volume Thai fragrant rice
  • 2 volume water

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: serving one person three ounce of jasmine rice
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  1. Wash rice to remove impurities
  2. Cook
  3. Fluff and enhance heat
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Place rice in the cook potrun cold water over it stirthen pour that water out
Place rice in the cook pot
Place rice in the cook pot | Source
run cold water over it
run cold water over it | Source
stir | Source
then pour that water out
then pour that water out | Source

Step 1

Place the rice in the cook pot. Run cold water over it, stir and pour the water out, repeat 1-2 times to remove the impurities.

The strained water is very good for plants. In the old day, we used that to soak vegetable and wash dishes as well.

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flatten the rice surfaceflatten the rice surfaceuse finger to measure water levelplace rice pot to the rice cookerturn to cook function
flatten the rice surface
flatten the rice surface | Source
flatten the rice surface
flatten the rice surface | Source
use finger to measure water level
use finger to measure water level | Source
place rice pot to the rice cooker
place rice pot to the rice cooker | Source
turn to cook function
turn to cook function | Source

Step 2:

Run cold water over the rice to cover, shake the pot to even the rice surface, remeasure with your fingers pointing vertically. If the rice level is 1 then the water level should be 1.5.Wipe the pot's bottom and place back into the rice cooker, press cook button.

Depending on the type of rice, experiment and adjust the water level accordingly.

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fluff ricefluff rice
fluff rice
fluff rice | Source
fluff rice
fluff rice | Source

Step 3:

The rice cooker will do the job for you, it is amazing because you can pay attention to others dishes, but once or twice please open the pot, fluff rice with the providing flat spatula and press cook function to bring more heat to the rice. It will make the different to the final dish.

After 30 minutes, you will have perfect cooked rice.

Note: Please do not use sharp object to fluff rice, it might damage the stick-proof layer of the cook pot and soon, in few next cooking times, rice will stick to the pot's bottom.

test a rice grain
test a rice grain | Source

To test your result, press a rice grain between your fingers, If it becomes a consistent dough, no hard bit, soft and stick together but not to your hand then you got the perfect plain rice.


- Purchase quality rice as Thai Fragrant Rice (Blue Dragon) if you can.

- Omit boil or absorption methods, they fail to achieve our desire outcome.

- Omit salt, plain rice is the best for Vietnamese food.

- Bring water to boil then add rice if you want to retain more vitamins.

Happy cooking!


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