I was damn surprised that some gringos didn't know how to make rice. Here's how yoMamaRice makes juicy, plumpy rice.
Words of Wisdom from yoMamaRice. Not all of us had parents who taught us how to live life. My parents couldn't or didn't... I share with you some wisdoms I've learned the hard way in hopes that you can have an easier path.
I'm a mama and I love Rice!
So today, I wanted to talk about my second favorite thing - Rice.
(First, obviously is my kid.)
You can't function in life without eating. Eating is important, especially to me. I love to eat.
You can get depressed and down if you don't feed yourself properly.
As you know, I wasn't given much guidance from my parents and I had to learn things hard way even housework. I used plastic forks, paper plates and ate out because I didn't know how to cook, clean, do laundry ... so I want to share with you some basic living things and how to's that people automatically assume you should know how to do like make rice!
There are many kinds of rice including long, medium, short-grained, basmati, orzo...
More than half the world's population depend on rice and in Korea, we eat mostly short-grain white rice.
In Korea, rice grain is called 'Ssal' (쌀) and when it's cooked to steamed rice, it's called 'Bap' (밥). Don't know why we gotta have two different names for the same thing in 2 different states of being...
The way we greet in Korea, is not so much hello? but 'Bop mok uht sal?' which technically translates to 'Did you eat (steamed rice)?' which socially translates to "Did you eat? Are you full? You are not starving to death, are you?
In the Korean culture, we let you know we care about you by making sure you have been taken care of by being fed - ie fed with 'bap' (rice).
Maybe, it comes from the fact that Korea has been through numerous wars and people starved to death there. Many a days we had to go hungry... so to make sure, you are ok, first thing any Korean (that cares about you) will ask is 'Did you eat (rice)?"
I was taught how to make rice when I was a kid and it was a daily routine. After all, we eat it three times a day. It's probably like how American kids are told to take the trash out.
Boy was I surprised and flabbergasted to find my mother-in-law, Ruthann, who was known to be a 'Martha Stewart' of Feasterville, Pennsylvania did not know how to make rice! Yes, she was a white, gringo east-coast American.
Is Rice not a common dish for "American" families? Not sure. She knew how to roast, bake cookies and pies from scratch but didn't have a clue when it came to these tiny little rice grains.
I know as for us Asians, we can be fanatical with rice preparation and have our different methods of making the perfect rice. One rice fanatic told me he likes to put ice to chill his rice grain before cooking it.
But today, I want to share with you how I make rice since I am yoMamaRice and I like rice!
“She put a bunch of crabs in a bucket and told him to take a look. When one crab gets to the top and tries to crawl out, the other crabs will hold onto him and drag him back down into the bucket.”
yoMamaRice's Rice Recipe
1. Soak your rice in plenty of water for at least 30 minutes. I like to soak my white rice for few hours to even soaking it overnight. If it's brown rice, I like to soak it overnight for sure. Brown rice has a harder outer shell. If you don't soak your rice, you will get rice that is tough and when you try to reheat it, it's like sand dirt hard.
2. Rinse the rice several times until the water is clear.
3. Place your hands on the rice and make sure there is enough water to cover your fingers, not your whole palm.
4. Place on low heat on stove. Cover with lid and boil. Once it starts to cook. I like to slide 1/2 inch of the lid to the side so there is a bit of air circulating. OR just use a rice cooker and push button.