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.

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 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 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.

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 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 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 Recipes

“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.

Datung Rice Cooker

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.

Datung Rice Cooker

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Datung Rice Cooker

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.

Tatung Rice Cooker And Steamer

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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65 thoughts on “Tatung Rice Cooker and Steamer”

  1. 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!

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

    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.

  3. 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.

    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:

  4. 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: http://tcpc.tatung.com/Service/Index

  5. 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!

  6. 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. 🙂

  7. 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!

  8. 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! 🙂

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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! 🙂

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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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