Bunka Nabe, Electric Rice Cooker, and IH Rice Cooker/文化鍋、電気炊飯器、IH炊飯器

Japanese Food

In the 30s of Showa (1955-1964), many Japanese used a bunka nabe (lit. “culture pot”) to cook rice, including my mother.
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A bunka nabe is a deep pot made of aluminum alloy with two handles and a lid that is especially for cooking rice. Its salient feature is that its rim projects upward, higher than its lid so that the water from the pot does not boil over the rim during cooking.

My mother continued to use her bunka nabe until the early 1980s, until one day when I bought the first electric rice cooker for my family, and everyone was surprised to see how well the cooker cooked rice. I don’t remember if it was a simple electric rice cooker or a more sophisticated, “maikon” (microcomputer-controlled) rice cooker.

Now I use an IH (induction heating) rice cooker, which I bought about six years ago when my previous maikon rice cooker broke. I highly recommend an IH rice cooker because it can cook rice the best.





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