The staple food in Korea is rice(sticky rice) and we call boiled or steamed rice “Bap“. We, Koreans eat Bap almost every day and there is a saying that Koreans live by energy from Bap. Knowing how to cook rice used to be an important qualification for a new bride, but these days, an electric rice cooker is the most essential cooking instrument that a bride should purchase before wedding. When you cook rice, you can also use a normal pot or a pressure cooker, but it may be a little bit difficult to make delicious Bap if you don’t know how much you have to pour water or how to control heat. Today, I will give you a useful tip for cooking rice with a normal pot, especially for people who don’t have a rice cooker at home.
This is a rice container which my mom made. Ever since we stored rice in this pottery, rice weevils have completely disappeared in our house. I recommend you to use a ceramic container rather than plastic one.
After you rinse rice in cold fresh water, put the rice in a pot and pour water until the water slightly covers your fingers as shown above. This is the rule almost every Korean is aware of and it applies regardless of what kind of instruments you use. However, you can adjust amount of water according to your taste because some people prefer rice with full of moisture, but others, including me, like less moisturized Bap. You will find out appropriate amount by trial and error.
Now can you cook rice with your own pot? Then, maybe you’re better at rice cooking than Korean people. ^^