It’s been three years since my first review about Tatung Rice Cooker and Steamer was published here (scroll down to read my original review). Oh boy! So many of you reached out to me about this awesome product. I loved reading and replying to every single comment that you left here. Whether you already own a Tatung rice cooker or you are thinking about getting one, feel free to fire away any questions you have in the comments below. I’d be happy to answer.
We moved from San Francisco, CA to Jacksonville, FL in 2015 and I carried my first Tatung rice cooker (the 6-cup one) with me across the country. Now that we are settled in Austin, TX, I left the rice cooker to my brother-in-law in Florida and upgraded to a stainless steel 11-cup rice cooker! I am so excited because I get to cook bigger batches of food now, not just rice, but other grains like quinoa, oats, millet, etc as well as soups, stews, seafood, and steamed vegetables! It makes my weekly meal prep so much easier.
Since I’ve used a smaller capacity rice cooker as well as a bigger capacity rice cooker made by Tatung, I thought it’s time to update my review to give you a detailed comparison.
What You Get in The Package
First and foremost, say you’ve decided to add one of these Tatung Stainless Steel 11-cup Rice Cookers in your kitchen, here’s what you can expect to get when you receive the package.
- A stainless steel outer pot with lid
- A stainless steel inner pot with lid
- A measuring cup
- A steaming tray
- A rice spatula
- A bilingual user manual book in English and traditional Chinese (Tatung is originally from Taiwan.)
There’s no difference between the 6-cup rice cooker and the 11-cup rice cooker in terms of the list of the items you get. The difference is obviously the size. However, Tatung’s measuring cups are across-the-board the same size regardless of the different models of the rice cookers. And it’s not your standard American measuring cup. Let’s take a close look.
The Measuring Cup
This plastic measuring cup that comes with the rice cooker approximately equals to 3/4 cup in American measuring system. So if you want to use your regular measuring cup to determine how much rice you want to cook, you can totally do that. However, notice that there are 6 line marks on the Tatung measuring cup? That’s for telling you how much water you should add in your rice cooker to cook the perfect rice. And since it’s not a standard cup, I highly recommend that you hold on to it and try not to lose it. Why? Because if you want to use your standard American measuring cup to measure the water, you are gonna have to be really darn good at math.
Some of you told me that you’ve lost the original Tatung measuring cup and asked me how much water you should add to the inner pot and outer pot of the Tatung rice cooker for cooking a certain amount of rice. Therefore, I tried my best to do the math and wrote a big paragraph of how to do it in replying to one of the comments below. But in order to save you some headache, I’ve reached out to Tatung USA to see if you could buy one of their measuring cups separately. Once I get a response, I’ll update it here.
When it comes to the kitchen appliance, I like my stuff sparkling and shiny. So the silver gray color of this stainless steel 11-cup rice cooker is totally my cup of tea.
One of my favorite parts of this rice cooker is a small little detail that Tatung thought about and integrated into the product design. The little hook on one of the handles can hold the outer lid when you finish cooking. With this design, you don’t ever have to worry about where to put the lid or getting the condensation all over your kitchen counter. Just hang the lid on the hook while you dish your delicious food from the cooker.
Last but not the least, I am a huge fan of the stupidly simple switches. Just on and off, plus an option of keeping warm are all that offers which is exactly what I need.
Nowadays, I barely have any patience to read through the instructions on how to use a tool. In my book, if it’s not straightforward enough for me to figure it out on my own, then it’s not easy to use. If it’s not easy to use, then I am unlikely going to use it.
Tatung gets it. They invented a multifunctional rice cooker with just two switches. It’s as simple as turning on and off the lights in your living room. Pretty cool stuff.
“Are you still writing the Tatung Rice Cooker Cookbook?” You ask.
Yes, I am! I know it’s been taking forever but the good news is that I’ve had the honor to partner up with Tatung USA to create some rice cooker recipes with accessible ingredients. You’ll be able to download the recipes for free. And there will be VIDEOS!! If you would like to be the first person who gets notified when the free recipes and my cookbook are released, please leave your name and email address below. I’ll never spam you or share your contact info with anyone.
Got a question about the Tang rice cooker? Ask away in the comments below. I’d be happy to help you get the most out of your rice cooker!
Updated on September 25, 2016
Han and I both grew up with rice, but we grew up with completely different rice cookers. The one I grew up with was a regular Chinese one that was only good at cooking rice. The one Han grew up with is still the same one that his parents bought 30 years ago in Taiwan, and it’s good at cooking a lot of stuff with only two switches, mostly done in 15 minutes without any attention required.
Ever since I started using the Tatung Rice Cooker, my life has never been the same. I wish I knew that such a thing existed earlier!
It comes with a cooker, a cooker lid, an inner pot, an inner pot lid and a steam tray, a rice spoon, a measuring cup as accessories. With the measuring cup, you will know exactly how much water to use in order to make the amount of rice you’d like.
You don’t cook rice often? Me neither! I often use it to cook quinoa or oatmeal and also to steam vegetables. It also works like a charm when making soups, stews, and seafood etc. Sound complicated? It’s actually STUPIDLY EASY to use. There are only two steps.
- Put the ingredients you would like to cook in the inner pot. Follow the instructions to add a correct amount of water in the inner pot and in the cooker by using the measuring cup.
- Place the inner pot in the center of the cooker, turn on the warm switcher and press the cooking button down.
That’s it! You just sit back, take a deep breath and relax or do whatever you need to do. The rice cooker will take care of the rest. When done with cooking (usually in 15 minutes), it will automatically switch to “keep warm” mode, so you don’t have to worry about stuff being overcooked, getting cold or damaging the cooker.
Imagine that you have the rice cooker cooking quinoa or rice while your oven is handling a good baking dish at the same time. It simultaneously frees you to prepare for another dish on the stove which might require a little more of your attention. You know what? You just accelerate the whole cooking process by at least twice.
The best part of this magic rice cooker is that you can NEVER EVER go wrong with it. Leave stuff in it over night? Not a problem. You will find the food still being nice and warm the next morning.
We thought we would have to get one from Taiwan where this cool thing originally comes from and have it shipped to the States. We were surprised to find it on Amazon. We were even more surprised to find out that in terms of functions, this antique looking amazing rice cooker’s price is pretty darn good comparing to other high-tech rice cookers on Amazon (with a lot of confusing buttons, of course)! Don’t take my word for it. Compare rice cooker prices on Amazon and you will know what a great deal we got!
A multi-functional rice cooker with only two switches, Tatung rice cooker clearly isn’t like any other rice cookers. As mentioned before, you will be making a whole lot other stuff other than just rice once you have one in hand. Different sizes are available on Amazon. Click below button to find more details.
On a side note, I figured that you are probably wondering what exactly this thing can cook besides rice and HOW. Good news is that I will be writing a cookbook with only recipes made in Tatung Rice Cooker. Wanna get notified the minute it gets released? Fill up the form below.
P.S. If you have a small family or normally cook for one or two people, a smaller size with the capacity of 6 cups is available here. Sometimes they run out of stock.
P.P.S. I love using the inner pot as a large bowl to fold guacamoles, make salsa, make salad or toss quinoa in it. Sometimes, just cover it with the lid and throw it in the fridge with whatever in it.
P.P.P.S. I just realized that the Tatung Rice Cooker in Han’s parents’ house is even older than him. Apparently, this thing lasts forever! It’s probably not great for the companies who make the rice cookers, though. How are they going to make more money if they make something that can last for 30 years and yet still working like a beast?
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