It’s been a few 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.

Tatung Rice Cooker

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.

Tatung Rice Cooker

  • 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.)

Tatung Rice Cooker

Tatung Rice Cooker

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 the 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.

Tatung Rice Cooker

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 on how to do it 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.

The Design

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.

Tatung Rice Cooker

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.

Tatung Rice Cooker

The Switches

Last but not 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 Rice Cooker

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.

The Tatung Rice Cooker Cookbook

Over the years, the Tatung Rice Cooker has become one of the most-used cookware in my kitchen. And I’ve created and tried so many different recipes with it. If you only use it to cook rice, you are missing out big time. That’s why I wrote a cookbook to cover the basics of cooking all foods in a Tatung Rice Cooker to help you get the most out of it.

Tatung Rice Cooker Cookbook - all covers

Updated on September 25, 2016

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89 thoughts on “Tatung Rice Cooker and Steamer”

  1. I’m glad to chance upon your website. I have the same pot as yours. Whenever I cook rice it always stick to the bottom of the inner pot. How do I prevent it from sticking and leaving a layer of residue?

    1. Hi Wai, sticking might be caused by not having enough water in the outer pot. You could also try to drizzle some oil such as sesame oil in the inner pot before you start cooking the rice. It will not only prevent sticking but give your rice a pleasant aroma and flavor. Hope that helps.

  2. Hi,

    I am currently interested in buying the Tatung 10 cup rice cooker. I am in Australia. Would you be able to tell me if the rice sticks to the bottom of the pot since it’s stainless steel? As in Indian cooking we like the rice to be fluffy and not sticking to the bottom. Since the cooking process is different from usual rice cookers you get in the market but on the other side the pot is stainless steel, I was wondering if the rice would stick to the pot. Thanks for your help.

    1. Hello Nandan, rest assured that the rice doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot. I have been cooking rice with the Tatung rice cooker for a few years and it has never happened. 🙂

  3. I’m In Australia and threw out my measuring cup for my Tatung by accident. The US site will not send to Australia. Nobody in Australia will sell me one, I think I worked out the amount to put in the outside part using a 3/4 cup (180ml) cup. Can you tell me if correct. Some sites say put a cup of water in outside part. this is obviously wrong yes? I used below last night and rice was great. Much better than in my Tupperware rice cooker.
    2 cups rice Measure rice in a 3/4 cup size. Rinse. Add water to 2 cup Line on inside
    Outside measurements:
    1 x 3/4 cup 30 ml water
    2 x 3/4 cups 60ml water
    3 x 3/4 cups rice will be 90 ml water
    4 x 3/4 cups rice 120ml water
    5 x 3/4 cups rice 150ml water
    6 x 3/4 cups 180ml

    1. Hey Rosemary! Too bad that they wouldn’t ship the measuring cup to Australia. But that’s ok. It sounds like that you’ve got the math figured out. To confirm with you, the Tatung measuring cup is 180 ml, which is 3/4 cup and it equals to 6 oz. So 3/4 cup (180ml) cup water to the outer pot is correct!

  4. Thank you for hosting this site! It has so much great information! I have a question. I just purchased a Tatung stainless steel, 11 cup rice cooker. Using the instructions in the manual, I cooked sushi rice, but when the rice cooker went to “warm”, it was still hard and had extra liquid in the cooker. Is there a chart that shows different amounts of cooking liquid (inner and outer pot) for different types of rice? Next week I have to make my Chinese sticky rice (using the sweet rice) for Thanksgiving, so am worried about how it will turn out.

    I’m going to go buy your Tatung cookbook now – thrilled that this exists!

  5. What is the difference between Tatung stainless steel rice cooker and Tatung multi-purpose rice cooker? These two seem to have inner stainless-steel pot for me, which makes me wonder whether outer stainless steel brings any benefit?

    1. Hi Jess, based on my understanding, it’s the same. I think Tatung changed the product name from stainless steel rice cooker to multi-purpose rice cooker. The outer pot is the one that with the wire and the bottom of the outer pot is where the heating element is.

    1. Nothing bad will happen. The rice cooker just won’t start cooking or stop cooking shortly after you turn it on.

  6. I am excited that quinoa can be cooked in a rice cooker but don’t know how to do it well. I have found proportions of water to quinoa online but I can’t figure out how much water to add in the outer pot (steaming water) using the tatung rice cooker we have. Could you help?

    1. Hey Christy! To cook quinoa in the Tatung Rice Cooker, it’s exactly the same as cooking white rice. So say if you want to cook 2 cups (Tatung measuring cup) of uncooked quinoa. You add water to the inner pot until the water line reaches to level “2” marked inside of your inner pot. Add 1 – 1.5 measuring cups of water in the outer pot and cook. I suggest you do 1 cup of the steaming water first. If the quinoa is not done by the time the cooker switches off automatically, add another half cup of water in the outer pot and continue cooking. That’s how I cook quinoa in my Tatung rice cooker. Hope that’s helpful. Let me know if it works out. Cheers!

  7. Hi Sharon Chen,

    Can i know where can i purchase the taiwan tatung rice steamer for 10 ppl. I am from selangor malaysia. I can be contacted at H/P No. 012 2179563. Thank you.

  8. If you’re looking for something for a small circle of relatives or a super sauce pan, this is it. What I honestly love is that it has no corners and a slope happening, which is right for cooking. I love the extensive mouth too

    1. How big is your rice cooker and do you still have the measuring cup? Typically, you can start with 1 measuring cup of water in the outer pot. If by the time the cooker switches off and your vegetables are not tender, add 1 more cup and steam again. The water amount and time really depends on the amount of vegetables you want to cook. Hope that’s helpful.

  9. I’m so happy I found this site! Thank you for explaining. Do you have any suggestions for making grits? Mine keep coming out hard. Should I try increasing the amount of water in the outer pot? Thank you

    1. I have never cooked grits in the Tatung Rice Cooker, but I am very curious now. Will do some experiments and let you know. Thanks for asking the question. Cheers!

  10. Hi! Just stumbled across this! I would love to be notified of any recipes you come up with in the Tatung cooker! Thank you!

  11. I am infested in cooking recipes for Tatung Multi-Functional Rice Cooker.

    Where can I get your cook book?

    1. If you’ve subscribed to my list via the form in this post, I’ll let you know when it’s out. 🙂 Thank you for your interest.

  12. Can you explain how to use the steam plate that comes with the Tatung multi-functional cooker to steam vegetables while making rice at the same time?

    1. Hi Lee, based on my understanding, if you want to cook rice and steam vegetables simultaneously, you will have to add a steamer on top of your cooker. The steam plate that comes with the Tatung rice cooker is for steaming foods in the cooker only.

      However, what you can try is to place a plate on top of the inner pot which contains your rice and water. The size of the plate should be a little bigger than the inner pot so it doesn’t fall inside. Next, place your vegetables on the plate, then cover and start cooking. Hope this trick helps.

  13. Hi

    Can I buy this for use in the UK?
    Is it available with a UK 3 pin plug and will the voltage be compatible?

  14. Hi Sharon. Thank you for mentioning our Product on your site! This was a good read. 🙂 I’m glad that you like our Rice Cooker!

    1. Hi Sarah! I love your rice cooker and I am about to purchase a new one since I moved and left the old one to my brother-in-law. Thank you for creating this awesome product!

    1. Hi Chili, if you cook rice while steaming vegetables or fish at the same time, it’s totally no problem. If you are talking about multiple layers of steaming, I have never tried it and I am not sure if it generates enough heat for that.

    2. Yes tatung sells stainless steamer trays that stack on top of the rice cooker. Stainless Steel Steamer
      Models: TAC-S02 and TAC-S03
      1 Box contains 1 set of 2 layer trays.
      Set can be stored as a layer to save space.
      TAC-S02 is compatible with our 10 Cup Rice Cookers:
      TAC-S03 is compatible with our 6 cup Rice Cookers:

  15. Hi Sharon,what size Tatung rice cooker [family of 4 ] would you suggest that i buy to accommodate the extra steamer pot to be stack on top of rice cooker to cook other dishes simultaneously ? by the way ,may i know the diameter of the rice cooker for 6 cups, 8 cups and 10 cups.
    Presently am using a steamer of 24cm diameter with 3 tiers .wonder what is its equivalent should i buy tatung. Thank you.

    1. For a family for 4, I would suggest you purchase a 10-cup one for multiple purposes. The diameter of the inner pot of a 6-cup one is around 8 inches (20cm). The outer pot should be able to hold a 24cm-daimeter steamer, but I am not entirely sure. Please ask the retailer to make sure you get the size you want. I bought mine on Amazon. Since Tatung is made in Taiwai, I am pretty sure you can easily find it in Taipei. Here’s the result of a quick Google search:

  16. I’m sure you can help with this. How much long grain white rice and water do I use to make 2 and 4 cups of rice? Thank you so much for your help.

    1. Generally, most rice will triple when cooked, so 1 cup of raw rice and 2 cups of water will yield 3 cups cooked rice. Hope that helps!

  17. Looking forward to your Tatung cookbook! I recently acquired a 10-cup one (yeah, that sucker is huge! laf), along with the stacking three piece steamer set, but have yet to find a good source for recipes to go along with it that are written in English.

    I’ve subscribed to your list for notification and am looking forward to purchasing your cookbook when it’s completed. 🙂

  18. Bought a Tatung stainless steel rice cooker, the interior of the outer pot that is in contact with the inner pot shows signs of rusting after a month’s use. This type of rice cooker has two other weaknesses. It doesn’t cook brown rice as good as others. Inner pot is free standing and it is difficult to scope the rice when just cooked.

    1. Hi Ben, sorry to hear that you didn’t have a good experience with your rice cooker. The rusting in the outer pot seems to be normal. All the used Tatung rice cookers I saw have it because water goes in the outer pot and cooks. As for cooking brown rice, it takes much longer than cooking regular rice. I found that let the brown rice stay in the pot for a few minutes after cooking helps (don’t open the lid). I agree with you that when scoping out cooked rice, the inner pot moves around in the outer pot which makes it difficult. So what I do is to take out the inner pot and hold it still while scoping. Of course, you want to use oven mitts. Hope that helps. Thanks for your comment!

  19. That’s awesome, Sharon. Great tips on this particular brand. I haven’t done a whole lot of cooking with my rice cooker other than rice. This has inspired me to start mixing in some other combinations, thanks!

    1. Great! I was surprised when I discovered how much different type of food you can make with this rice cooker. It’s pretty awesome! Thanks for stopping by, Jade! Cheers! 🙂

  20. Hi Sharon,
    I am going to the UK to study. Which model of Tatung rice cooker will be more suitable for me, TAC-03DW (3 cup) or TAC-6GS (6 cup)? Also, would you advise me on where I can buy one (built to UK/HK electrical standards) in Hong Kong. Do you know whether the Tatung rice cookers sold on Amazon have 100V/250V dual voltage, so that no transformer is needed and only an adaptor plug is required for used in the UK. Many thanks indeed.

    1. Hi Elam! Are you going to cook for mostly yourself in UK? If so, maybe a 3-cup one should be enough. However, since Tatung rice cooker can last forever, I would still suggest you pick up a 6-cup one, which can be used to cook more than just rice. Mine is a 6-cup one from Amazon and I have used it to cook stews, soups and steam fish and vegetables, etc. You can also cook rice and steam food simultaneously with a 6-cup one because the size is big enough to hold a plate inside. I haven’t seen a 3-cup rice cooker in person yet, so I am not sure about exactly how much food it can handle. The 6-cup one is more useful in my opinion. 🙂

      The Tatung rice cooker I bought on Amazon is 120V. Unfortunately, I don’t think they have dual voltage available though. I just checked Amazon UK store. It doesn’t look like they carry Tatung Rice cooker over there at all! 🙁 Your best bet is probably still purchasing online. I did a Google search in traditional Chinese. There are some 220V ones out there. Let me know if you have other questions. Hope you find one. Good luck with studying!

      1. Hi Sharon,
        Thank you so much for your advice and for helping me to look for the rice cooker. I will get a 6-cup rice cooker then. I agree that a larger one will be more useful. As advised, I googled “Tatung rice cooker 240V” and found some sellers. By the way, do you think I should also get the steamer set (TAC-S03) too?

        1. Hi Elam! Not a problem. Glad that I can help. 🙂
          I don’t have the steamer, but I can only imagine it being very handy. The rice cooker actually comes with a steaming plate. Maybe try with that first and see how you like it? You can always get the steamer later if you want. That’s just my two cents. Cheers!

  21. Greetings from Canada! I have the 3-cup model. Very convenient for couples! In your recipe book, maybe you can advise on how to adjust your recipes for the smaller model rice cooker. I assume your recipes will be for using the larger one.

    1. Hey Dawna! I have a 6-cup one, so the recipe I have created are basically based on that model. However, I’ll definitely include my advice on how to adjust the recipes for a smaller model or a larger model rice cooker. Thanks so much for the suggestion!

  22. We purchased a pink one and love it but we should have gone for the larger 11 cup size over the 6 cup size. Although some think us mad for paying around $160 AUD for a rice cooker it does make amazing rice and there is no toxic non-stick chemicals. The fact you can have water in and/or out of the centre pot is great as it’s more versitile than a regular rice cooker.

    1. Hi Erica! Thanks for your note. Yes, the rice cooker worths every penny. The amazing part is that you can use it to cook all kinds of food other than rice. I will be writing a Tatung Rice Cooker Recipe Book soon. Learned all these recipes from my husband’s side of the family as they are Taiwanese and they have been using this rice cooker for their entire life. If you are interested, I encourage you to sign up for book release notification in this page. 🙂 Thanks again for stopping by! Cheers.

  23. Hi Sharon,

    I also lost the measuring cup for my Tatung rice cooker and steamer – this has been the most helpful site after googling an assortment of varied answers – however its still not clear to me. In one answer above you indicate that the measuring cup that comes with the Tatung is one standard American cup, which would mean that its 8 oz.

    However, in another response, its discussed that the cup is 6 oz. Please help! Thank you so much in advance!

    1. Hi Jeff, I apologize for the confusion. I am so glad that you left this comment because I realized that my answer to the other commenter was wrong. I have checked my measuring cup again and it’s 180 ml, which is 3/4 cup and it equals to 6 oz!! Thanks for your note again! I am off to email the other commenter…

      1. Hi can any one please give the measuring in ml for the outer cooker for 1 , 2, 3 , and 4 cups of rice , I lost mine tatung measuring cup , and is a night mare for me to cook rice without the measurements for the cooker, thanks .

        1. Hi Alvaro! You are not the only one who has this problem. I did the math and tried to use US standard measuring cups for the rice cooker. It’s very difficult to get it accurate. I will forward your request to Tatung USA and hopefully we will get a correct answer soon. I will be in touch.

        2. Hi Alvaro! If it’s easier for you, you can purchase a measuring cup from Tatung USA. The item is not listed on their website, but here’s the contact info if you would like to buy one.

          Contact person: Chev
          Phone number: 562-295-2242
          Service/Parts email is [email protected] or [email protected]

          The cup is about 3 dollars and then there’s shipping fee.

  24. Thank you for posting about this rice cooker. I’m in Australia so they are rather expensive but I have heard they are very good and last a long time.

    I’m not sure if I should buy the 6 cup or the 11 cup cooker.

    Doesn’t rice double in size? If so then 6 cups is still large I think.

    How long does it take to cook 6 cups of rice?

    1. Hi Cara! Thanks for your note! This rice cooker lasts forever. My parents in law brought one from Taiwai to the States about 30 years ago. They are still using it. Not sure how expensive they are in AUS, but it’s well worth it, hopefully. 🙂

      To answer your questions, yes, rice double in size when cooked. 6-cup is more than enough for a big family. It takes about 30-40 minutes to cook 6 cups of rice. Hope this is helpful!

    1. Ginny, I am so sorry for giving you the wrong answer about the size of the measuring cup that comes with the Tatung Rice Cooker. For a 6-cup rice cooker, the measuring cup size is actually 3/4 cup (180 ml), not one cup. Sorry for the confusion again.

  25. HI Sharon
    Can you advise how many ml is the rice cooker cup that comes with the Tatung rice cooker. I have a Taiwanese recipe that measures in Jin and uses a (Taiwan) rice cooker cup for liquid measures. I am baffled as after googling, I found an assortment of answers ranging from 150 to 160 to 180ml. So I reckon the cup that comes with a Tatung rice cooker would be most accurate. Thanks.

    1. Hi Ginny! The rice cooker cup that comes with the Tatung rice cooker is as big as one US legal cup, which means that it’s 240 ml. Hope that helps. Happy cooking with your Tatung rice cooker! Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions! 🙂

  26. Hello Sharon, I got a couple of questions:

    (a) how does the rice cooker know the difference between cooking white vs. brown rice? Or is it a matter of visually checking the rice?

    (b) Can you steam vegetables such as carrots, broccoli without worrying to overcook it?

    1. Hi Addi! To answer your questions –

      (a) For cooking brown rice, you want to increase at least one cup of water in the cooker, or soak the brown rice fully in water for at least 2 hours before cooking.

      (b) Generally speaking, the rice cooker can be used in all jobs requiring steaming or boiling. Depends on how much vegetables that you want to steam, you may decide how much water you add into the cooker. Be sure to use the steam plate. I usually pour a little bit water in the cooker. Set and forget, then check my vegetables when the switch is automatically off or switched to “warm”. If the veggies are not as tender as I want, I add a little bit more water and keep steaming. After a few tries, you should be able to get an idea on how much water to add for steaming vegetables to your desired tenderness.

      I hope it helps! Thank you for stopping by!

    1. Hi Sally! If you have an Amazon account, you may try from there to see if they ship internationally.

  27. I inherited a Tatung Rice Cooker but not its measuring cup. I’ve figured out that the cup itself is 6 oz, but I don’t know how much water to put in the outer bowl (the water that will be steaming). Can you tell me in oz?

    1. Hi Marie! The numbers (2, 4, 8, 10) marked on the measuring cup indicate the proportion of the quantity of rice to the quantity of water. The 4 levels divid the measuring cup into 5 approximately equal portions. Each portion is about 1.2 fl.oz (6 oz divided by 5). So if you want to cook 2 cups of rice, the water goes into the outer pot should be 1.2 oz; 4 cups of rice requires 2.4 oz water in the outer pot, and 3.6 oz water for 6 cups of rice… You got the idea. Hope this helps and have fun with the rice cooker. Good stuff! 🙂

      1. Can I use it like a regular rice cooker and just put water in the inner pot?

        What would happen if I did not put any water in the outer pot?

        1. Hi Vinay, the Tatung Rice Cooker is designed differently than a regular rice cooker. If you don’t put any water in the outer pot, nothing bad would happen, but it just won’t start cooking. For example, when I steam vegetables, the rice cooker automatically switches off when the water in the outer pot is cooked off. If my vegetables are not done at that point, I just add more water in the outer pot and switch it on again. So the cooking time actually depends on how much water you put in the outer pot. Hope that’s helpful. Cheers!

  28. Hi! I just got one of these second-hand, but I’m not 100% sure how to use it. I can’t seem to find much info/recipes written in English! When cooking the rice, do I only use the large outer lid, or do I also use the smaller inner lid? How do I cook rice in the deep inner bowl and use the smaller steam insert at the same time? (I don’t have those large steamer extensions that go on top of the cooker, but I do have a shallow bowl that sits inside the top of the inner bowl to hold the steam tray, if that makes sense!) Any help or links you can give me are much appreciated!

    1. Hi Genny! When cooking rice with Tatung rice cooker, you only use the large outer lid. In fact, the only time I use the inner pot lid is to store food in the inner pot as a container. As for steaming, I am not so sure if the steam insert (the shallow bowl) you mentioned is an original part of the rice cooker because it normally doesn’t come with any additional bowls. However, based on your description, if I understand correctly, you can just be cooking rice in the inner pot while steaming food in the shallow bowl at the same time by putting the bowl inside the inner pot and leaving enough room for the rice and required water if the bowl hooks up the inner pot well. In this case, only larger outer lid is necessary. Hope this helps! If you have any further questions, feel free to email me or send some photos to me if you don’t mind, I would be happy to discuss how to maximize the usage of Tatung rice cooker with you. Thank you for your comment, Genny! Hope to hear from you often. 🙂

    1. Hi Suresh!! The capacity refers to uncooked rice. I just checked mine. I have never cooked 6 cups of rice with it though. I do use it to steam veggies very often. I think the size is perfect for a family with 2-4 people. Glad it helps! Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

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