Tatung Rice Cooker
In recent year the market has been flooded with a variety of rice cookers, most of which feature a dizzying array of switches and buttons. These are quite commonplace nowadays, but there are many folks out there that wants something nice and simple to use, without reading a novel on how to operate them. And today we are going to be looking at one such model – the Tatung Rice Cooker. Can the simplistic operation be a substitute for all the various features we are used to? Lets have a look at that below.
Formed in 1918 in Taiwan, Tatung has a long and colorful history of making quality household appliances. The Taiwanese company have been making rice cookers for many years now, and they generally tend to stick for fairly simple designs that are easy to operate. In this fast moving digital age it is refreshing to come across something simple and stylish that will hopefully live up to the hype. The model we are going to be looking at in this review is the Tatung Tac-11kn 10 CUP rice cooker. This is a fully stainless steel model with a large capacity. The cooking pot itself is also stainless steel, so we expect this model will last for many years. This is also an ideal model for any folks out there who have concerns about using a nonstick cooking pot, as there is no plastic or teflon in use here.
Included with this unit is a stainless steel insert, allowing you to steam veggies and meat with ease. We should also mention that the inner cooking pot lid is stainless steel, which is a nice touch. The rice spatula included is fairly basic, and there is a removable spatula holder you can attach to the rice cooker if you want. Other than that you will receive a measuring cup and a instruction book, which goes over some of the basics of how to operate and care for the machine.
The design of the unit is quite eye catching and modern. The entire housing is made out of brushed stainless steel, so there is no need to worry about the unit looking a bit grimy after a few months. The top and side handles are black in color, which make a nice contrast to the stainless steel. The only real switch on the unit is on the front, and this is below the cooking and warm mode leds on the front control panel. Just above the control panel is a small Tatung logo, which is quite hard to see unless you are looking for it. The only small downside is that the cord is not detachable, but we can overlook this due to the other mentioned advantages. Overall it is a nice modern looking design, which looks at home in any kitchen.
Now this rice cooker may be simple to operate, but that doesn’t mean it is limited to cooking rice. This cooker can cook a large variety of meals including oats, frozen veggies & meat, and even cakes if you know what you are doing! Once whatever food you have cooking is finished, it will switch over to keep warm mode. Now lets have a look at how well this cooker performs in our tests/
First up we started with 4 cups of white rice, which is a nice and simple way to test the Tatung rice cooker. Around 15 minutes into the cooking, we checked up on the unit and it was still in cooking mode. Checking up again ten minutes later, we were pleased to see the unit had switched to keep warm mode. This is a decent cooking time for 4 cups of rice, so we had a taste test to see what kinds of results we were left with. The rice was very well cooked – fluffy and moist with no sign of drying out. Even the rice at the very bottom of the cooking pot was very edible, so no complaints there. Next up we moved onto brown rice, which can be a little trickier to cook. Following the instructions in the user manual, we added 4 cups of brown rice and the appropriate amount of water, and left the Tatung cooker to do the work. After twenty minutes we had a quick peak, but the unit was still in cook mode. Ten minutes later we checked again, and the cooker had switched to warm mode. A cooking time of under 30 minutes for four cups of brown rice is very good, and we hoped the cooked rice would be just as impressive. Thankfully it was, and it had come out very nicely. It was thoroughly cooked all the way through, and like the white rice we had cooked it was fluffy and tasty. After this we decided to test the steamer insert, to see how it would cope with a range of large and small items. For out larger items we threw in some broccoli and cauliflower, and we mixed these big chunks in with some frozen corn and peas to add a bit of variety. We left the unit for around 10 minutes, and came back to find out that everything had already finished cooking. With such a short cooking time, we were expecting to find some frozen sections in the very middle of the cauliflower and broccoli, but this was not true. Even the larger veggies had been cooked all the way through, and they had retained all their moisture and juices.
For our final test, we did a large 8 cups of brown rice. The cooking time was around 40 minutes for this, and the rice tasted great. However our primary goal here was to test how well the Tatung rice cooker would keep the rice warm. The user manual states it can keep rice warm for up to four hours, so we left it for 3:30 hours to see how well the rice would keep. After this amount of time, we had a quick taste test to see what we were left with. The rice on top and in the middle tasted great, as if the rice had just finished cooking. The rice at the very bottom was also in a very edible state, and it seems like the keep warm function does exactly what it says on the box without drying out the rice or burning it.
Cleaning up the cooker is quite straightforward, although care must be taken when washing the outer cooking pot due to the electrical cord. We were expecting some rice to stick to the inner cooking pot due to the lack of nonstick materials, but were pleasantly surprised to find that most of the rice at the bottom simply rinsed off under the tap. The remaining rice was wiped off with a sponge, so not much effort was involved in getting the cooker clean.
The Tatung rice cooker is certainly a decent rice cooker. It cooks food in very reasonable times, and looks good at the same time. The keep warm functionality seems to work well, and we had no real issue with cleaning the machine after we were done with it. With a retail price of $199.99 it is a little on the expensive side compared to conventional rice cookers, but being stainless steel it should last you much longer. It comes standard with a one year warranty.
- Large capacity
- Decent cooking times
- Great results
- Simple to use
- Easy to clean
- Cord is not detachable
- Little pricey
Summary: This is an impressive rice cooker. It looks good, and cooks wonderful rice in decent times. It has a large capacity, and is quite easy to clean afterwards. It may be a little pricey, but it should last you many years. You can find the Tatung rice cooker on Amazon over here.