Kitchenware

Rice cooker

There are many kinds of electric rice cookers available these days. They’re becoming more and more popular in the West and are usually sold in Korean, Chinese, or Japanese grocery stores.

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39 Comments:

  1. Bobbsie Chicago, IL My profile page joined 3/12
    Posted March 13th, 2012 at 12:29 am | # |

    Just purchased my Cuckoo HN-1059 F Induction Pressure Rice Cooker
    Wonderful appliance
    But I have questions:
    What setting do I use to steam food?
    What is Nutritious Rice (the cooker has a setting for that
    What is the Multi Cook setting for?

    If someone is familiar with the Induction Pressure Cuckoo cookers I would appreciate your reply
    Thank you

  2. littlez Boca Raton, FL My profile page joined 8/11
    Posted January 17th, 2012 at 2:42 pm | # |

    Oh, my goodness… I have to say I feel like the luckiest person here. I bought my rice cooker at Target for $12.80 American dollars (on sale) plus tax. It has both white and brown rice buttons, and I can steam food in it too. It makes perfect sushi rice! I would imagine that it would work plugged into my European adapter should the need arise (don’t those things have plugs for New Zealand and other countries too?) I trust the adapter with my computer, why not a rice cooker?! They’re not super expensive even when they’re not on sale. If anyone wants one, Let me know!

    Cheryl :)

    • Botpol San Diego, Ca My profile page joined 8/14
      Posted August 22nd, 2014 at 11:25 pm | # |

      The rice cooker you are talking about is not of the same caliber as the cuckoo

  3. rv65 My profile page joined 5/09
    Posted January 12th, 2012 at 4:56 pm | # |

    I have seen some Cuchen rice cookers that support European voltage on ebay. The seller is even willing to include an adapter plug as well.

  4. phil My profile page joined 4/11
    Posted July 10th, 2011 at 9:16 am | # |

    Where can I buy such a Cuckoo rice cooker in Europe?
    I rarely find some, if any then older or larger models.
    But I want to buy a 3/5.5/6 cup model.

    There are a lot of Japanese rice cookers out there, but I heard that Cuckoo is just great and their pricing actually looked reasonable compared to Japanese ones! Or would LiHom (sure more expensive?) be an alternative?
    Didn’t see those anywhere either.

    Thanks in advance!

    • rv65 My profile page joined 5/09
      Posted July 23rd, 2011 at 5:00 am | # |

      Only the westernized multi cookers are only sold in Europe :(. I hope they sell them in the USA. Multi Cookers are like a rice cooker, but without any rice cooking function :(. LiHom and Cuchen make models, but not sure if those are 50Hz capable (Korea uses 220v at 60Hz not 50Hz.) I hope someone in Europe takes notice and starts selling Cuckoo rice cooker not that Robochef that can’t do rice.

  5. snow1081 Australia My profile page joined 7/10
    Posted May 21st, 2011 at 8:19 am | # |

    Unnee, do you know whether Cuckoo has distributor in Australia? I want to get one from Korea but my parents said it probably won’t work…
    hmmm

    • rv65 My profile page joined 5/09
      Posted June 14th, 2011 at 6:42 am | # |

      It probably wouldn’t work due to the hz requirement. It uses 220v, but it’s 60 hz not 50 hz, which is what Australia uses. It would work with a powerful transformer.

    • JamieF New Zealand My profile page I'm a fan! joined 1/11
      Posted June 14th, 2011 at 3:36 pm | # |

      There is a distributor in Australia and New Zealand – you should try to find who they are and buy it from them because there are some models made to work on Aus/NZ power. I bought mine from a US store and it wouldn’t work here in New Zealand so I ended up having to get a very expensive step down transformer which sits under my bench so the rice cooker will work. It is definitely an option if you want one of the fancier cookers but you should expect it to cost around 1,000 dollars not including the price of the rice cooker and shipping.

    • JamieF New Zealand My profile page I'm a fan! joined 1/11
      Posted June 14th, 2011 at 3:38 pm | # |

      Oh – btw, here is an Australian shop online that you can buy a Cuckoo from that will work in Australia: http://www.gourmetandkitchen.com.au/ricecookers.html

      It costs $438 excluding GST.

      • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
        Posted June 15th, 2011 at 9:57 am | # |

        Jamie, thanks a lot for your time and effort to share your experience about your rice cooker. It will be a big help for those who are interested in getting a rice cooker in Aus/NZ.

        ” I bought mine from a US store and it wouldn’t work here in New Zealand so I ended up having to get a very expensive step down transformer which sits under my bench so the rice cooker will work. ” I shouldn’t laugh but a little funny when I imagine your rice cooker sitting under the bench. : )

        • rv65 My profile page joined 5/09
          Posted July 8th, 2011 at 5:37 am | # |

          That model is a commercial model, which is used for restaurants and other commercial kitchens like Churches.

          Zojirushi rice cookers from YumAsia.co.uk are a good enough.

          Cuckoo has finally started selling rice cookers, but they are multi cookers, which aren’t really meant for rice. There is a rice mode, but it has non rice related menus. I guess these cookers are catching on in Europe.

      • gourmetandkitchen Sydney; Australia My profile page joined 7/11
        Posted July 11th, 2011 at 1:49 am | # |

        Thank you for mentioning our website. http://www.gourmetandkitchen.com.au/ We have been dealing with rice cookers for many years now, and we chose to offer Cuckoo rice cookers due to their popularity and great reputation. The machine we import has been modified to suit our market here. It is a restaurant capacity appliance, and would definitely work better if loaded with at least 10-15 cups dry rice. It can cook up to 30 cups in one serve. We also offer some more simple options from China, that are also very reliable, but more suited to budget conscious users. This range covers from 15-55 cup. Finally we also offer Rinnai gas rice cookers from Japan, but they are very commercial and not at all suited for home use. When using rice cookers, be sure to check your power supply if you are sharing power-points with other appliances. electric rice cookers have fairly high power demands, and often they should not be shared with other high powered appliances, in case the circuit becomes overloaded. This can cause failure of the thermal fuse, which is easy to repair, but often annoying.

        • snow1081 Australia My profile page joined 7/10
          Posted July 24th, 2011 at 8:36 pm | # |

          Thank you so much for the help guys!! Appreciate it!!
          I think I might just have to go to a few of the Korean Mart here in Melbourne and get it from them or maybe even order it from them. There’s one model that really catches my eyes…
          *sigh*

  6. rv65 My profile page joined 5/09
    Posted January 23rd, 2010 at 5:57 am | # |

    http://www.cookjapan.co.uk

    Great rice cooker if you live in Europe. It’s hard to get a good rice cooker in Europe due to the EU regulations. These rice cookers are EU certified and are about 8 cups. They do porridge, braise meats, soup, conjee (juk), and cook rice. The owners have a blog with good recipes but if you’re in the market for a Rice cooker in europe then check this out.

    You can also try http://www.yumasia.co.uk where they sell SE Asian Zojirushi rice cookers and Water boilers that can keep the water warm.

    Hope this helps.

    • Yum Asia UK My profile page joined 12/09
      Posted January 24th, 2010 at 6:53 am | # |

      Thanks rv65 for highlighting our website at http://www.yumasia.co.uk The Zojirushi brand of rice cookers which we sell are in fact Japanese (not Chinese or SE Asian). We chose this brand to supply to the UK and Europe because they are the Number One brand in Japan for rice cooker technology and have the reputation of being robust and first class at cooking rice. Japanese companies really know how to make appliances last a long time! Of course, the Zojirushi cookers can be used to cook things other than rice such as cheese cake etc but what they do best is dedicate themselves to cooking all different types of rice perfectly at the touch of a button…or even by a timer.

      Yum Asia

  7. MrsKim Elko, NV My profile page I'm a fan! joined 3/09
    Posted January 21st, 2010 at 11:25 pm | # |

    I live far from Korean markets, so when I needed a new rice cooker, I bought a good Sanyo 10 cup rice cooker from amazon.com for $100 when it was on sale. It got great reviews and I LOVE my rice cooker!

    • rv65 My profile page joined 5/09
      Posted January 23rd, 2010 at 5:41 am | # |

      Sanyo does make a great rice cooker. The ECJ-F50S can be had for around $100 and it too is great.

  8. Susan
    Posted December 20th, 2009 at 12:52 am | # |

    Do you know what retailers sell the Cuckoo rice cooker in Montreal, QC? I am having a difficult time finding the information. Thank-you for your help. Susan

  9. rv65
    Posted September 10th, 2009 at 5:37 pm | # |

    The Cuckoo rice cookers can even make Nu rung ji or even chicken soup. Only the 10 cup models make chicken soup. It’s also possible to make sung nyung. This is on the IH pressure models. Not sure on the other ones.

  10. rv65
    Posted July 26th, 2009 at 9:30 pm | # |

    The Cuckoo 1054 is a nice rice cooker.

  11. nigel
    Posted May 28th, 2009 at 9:24 am | # |

    i have one of those cuckoo rice cookers and its great the only problem is that it speak in korean. can any one say it i can get it changed to english

    regards

    nigel

  12. Anahita Eastwood
    Posted March 29th, 2009 at 9:47 pm | # |

    i gut a cuckoo rice cookerfor 6 thegold one on top it is the best thing enventead +i bout sinse electericity began i make fantasteek difrent foods rices soops and i make up as i go along as i can not anderestand korian so i realy do not know what it tels me just by experians i have maneged
    i wished some how it would speek to me in english or i could cheng the cheep in it, but i love it could not live without it one minet.had menny difrent ones this one is best ….
    some one needs to tell me how long is it ok to keep foodie rice hot in there befor it is not safe to consium ?

  13. WildWest
    Posted January 28th, 2009 at 10:19 pm | # |

    Great, thanks!

  14. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted January 27th, 2009 at 8:12 am | # |

    Kathy,
    I heard that the brand of the rice cooker is very good, too.

  15. Kathy
    Posted January 27th, 2009 at 12:50 am | # |

    :) I bought the same kind of rice cooker in the picture…the CUCKOO~ I made some delicious Korean beef with the rice cooker. It was so goooood~ you should try it.

  16. r~*
    Posted December 7th, 2008 at 6:17 am | # |

    http://www.amazon.com/Progressive-International-Microwaveable-Rice-Cooker/dp/B0007ZK8LO/ref=tag_dpp_lp_edpp_ttl_ex

    The above website is of the rice cooker that I use now. I guess I haven’t found the right rice cooker for me yet, but this one works wonders. It doesn’t keep the rice warm like rice cookers do, but it serves it purpose :). Thanks Maangchi for everything in your kitchenware page – actually your whole site is awesome!

  17. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted November 21st, 2008 at 12:05 am | # |

    Lu,
    oh, Lu Lu! Thank you very much! It’s getting better.

  18. Lu
    Posted November 20th, 2008 at 7:42 pm | # |

    Hi, Maangchi,

    Thank you for answering me when your wrist is hurt. I just found out! I hope you feel better soon.

  19. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted November 19th, 2008 at 9:37 pm | # |

    Lu,
    I think most rice cookers produced these days are reliable. I would like to buy Cuckoo pressure rice cooker to make mixed rice easily. You should leave your question on the forum to discuss a rice cooker.
    http://www.maangchi.com/talk/forum/general-discussion

    • rv65
      Posted August 23rd, 2009 at 4:38 am | # |

      What rice cooker do you have, Maangchi?

  20. Lu
    Posted November 19th, 2008 at 2:11 pm | # |

    Hi, Maangchi,

    What brand of rice cooker do you like? I want to get one that does many things–some of them are combination rice-cooker and pressure-cooker. I can make good rice with just a regular pot, so it’s a waste for me to buy a special cooker if all it does is cook rice. :) There is one they sell at a Korean market in Chicago that is Cuckoo Brand (yay, Korean!), but these fancy machines are so expensive.

  21. brandon
    Posted November 11th, 2008 at 11:42 am | # |

    my grandma bought this expensive cooker that plays a song when the rice is finished

  22. Anne
    Posted November 9th, 2008 at 9:14 am | # |

    I have seen rice cookers at Target, too.


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