1. Stovetop or Rice Cooker?
Most of us own and use a rice cooker at home – it is undoubtedly the fastest and easiest way to cook rice. But you can also cook rice over the stove, it takes more time but is just as easy, but you might overcook the rice if you don’t watch it carefully.
2. Get The Ratio Right
Use a 1:2 ratio of one cup of rice to two cups of water. A half cup of uncooked rice per person is about right; simply scale this ratio up or down depending on how much you’re making. This generally applies for Jasmine long grain rice.
3. Add A Little Salt
Like pasta, adding a little salt to the water when cooking helps your rice come out more aromatic flavourful, and not bland. But do not be overzealous, just little salt will do – about ½ tsp to 1 tsp for every cup of rice.
4. Go High Then Go Low
The best way to cook perfectly fluffy rice is to start with a boil then cook it at a low heat. If you cook rice too quickly at high heat, it becomes overcooked fast. Most rice cookers are able to auto-adjust the heat, but keep an eye out on the heat if you cook rice over the stove.
5. Leave It Alone
When the rice is cooking, do not stir it! This makes it more starchy and your rice might come out soggy-tasting. This applies when you cook rice over the stove.
6. Let It Sit
When the rice is done cooking, do not fluff it or immediately remove it to serve; let it sit in the steaming pot, covered, for about 10 minutes, before you fluff it with a fork.
7. Choose Premium Grains
A perfect bowl of rice needs to be cooked from perfect grains. Harvested from the Northeast region in Thailand, each packet of Royal Umbrella Jasmine Fragrant Rice contains premium grains, thanks to cultivation techniques achieved through rice specialists working with rice farmers using the most advanced production technology. It is no wonder it has won many accolades, including the number one rice brand in Singapore; the Best Rice Award at World Rice Conference in 2009 and The Weekly‘s Domestic Diva Awards 2017 Best Jasmine Rice. Available from major supermarkets.