Bamboo Cooked Rice
Unique Ways To Cook Rice – Bamboo Cooked Rice
Bamboo cooked rice is one traditional way of cooking rice. While most of us in the West use pans or modern rice cookers, bamboo materials were traditionally used in cooking and are still in common use today in many countries around the world. There are lots of benefits to cooking rice in bamboo. One of them is the taste. Bamboo infuses a lot of flavor into the rice grains, thereby making them tastier. Additionally, your rice comes out more fragrant. If you are having an Asian-style lunch or dinner and want to impress your guests, you should seriously consider this unique, fun and tasty cooking method. It’s really not that hard to do.
Here are some unique methods of using bamboo to cook rice:
Using a bamboo steamer to cook rice
Get a bamboo steamer. If you don’t already have one, you can easily find this in stores that sell steamers or rice cookers. If you can’t find it anywhere in local stores, check out asian grocery stores or online shops. They are used mainly for steaming dumplings.
Prepare your rice first. Pour desired amount into a bowl. Pour water over it and leave it there for a few hours or overnight. This will help soften the rice grains a bit and help get rid of the starch and any dirt. The next day, rinse again and drain off the water.
Prepare your steamer. Using vegetable oil and a brush, brush the inside of the bamboo steamer with the vegetable oil to prevent the rice from sticking to it. It is also important that you use cheesecloth, dampen it a bit and cover the bottom part of the steamer to prevent water from seeping out.
Now get a large pot or pan which you will put the steamer in. Put it on the stove. Fill it up with water. Place the steamer inside the pot. Pour the rice into it. Close the steamer with the lid. Allow the stove to heat up the water and begin steaming the grain. Let the water boil for about 30 minutes. After that, your rice should be done.
Cooking rice inside of bamboo
As you probably know, bamboo is hollow. Cooking rice inside of a section of mature bamboo is one traditional style of cooking known as lemang in Malay. To do this you will need both bamboo and some bamboo leaves. First clean the outside of the bamboo with a damp cloth to get rid of any dirt.
Next, split the bamboo in half length wise. Put bamboo leaves inside, pressing them to the sides of the hollowed area of the bamboo. Tie the two halves of the bamboo back together with twine and pour in rice and sufficient water. You can now either steam the rice filled bamboo or cook it over a fire.
Sweetened sticky rice is also often prepared inside lengths of bamboo in Thailand and sold on the streets and in markets as a tasty traditional dessert.
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