To Try Or Not To Try: The Japanese Are Cooking Rice With Onion And Bacon

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It's no secret that you can do so much more than cooking steamed white rice with a rice cooker. Case in point: Japanese have started the trend of cooking rice in a rice cooker, but with KFC chicken in it. This time, they're making it a lot simpler and more affordable with just the addition of onion and bacon.

According to SoraNews24, Japanese chefs have praised the convenience of cooking an entire meal (ulam + kanin) in a rice cooker on Twitter, with minimal prepping to boot!

This recipe was created by Zen-Noh, the National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations within the Japan Agricultural Cooperatives Group. According to the recipe, all you'll need are the rice cooker and the three ingredients, which are rice, one whole onion, and bacon (the amount is up to you!). 

  • Here's how to do it:
  • 1 Rinse the rice and let it sit for 30 minutes.
  • 2 Peel the onion and slice it vertically, but without hitting the stem. Place it on top of the rice.
  • 3 Slice the bacon into small cubes and add it to the rice cooker.
  • 4 Start cooking the rice.
  • 5 Once it's done, you can stir the rice, onion, and bacon together just like fried rice.

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This simple addition of onion in a rice cooker will make the slices soft, tender, and sweet, and then you add bacon to the mix? This makes for a recipe that you can turn to when you want a delicious, hearty meal but don't feel like cooking a complicated dish or don't want to wash a lot of dishes.


If anything, this just goes to show that cooking rice can be done in so many ways. If you want to add your own spin to the recipe, you can replace the bacon with fish or sausage, you can add your favorite spices and condiments to give it more flavor, and you can even do a vegetarian version with mushrooms or corn.


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