Authentic Chinese Boiled Rice

Most Chinese or Asians have cooked rice with a rice cooker for many years. But for those who do not want to buy a rice cooker just yet, here is a very simple recipe for the authentic tasting boiled rice. This is not the "boil, drain, rinse and drain" method, but the true, traditional Chinese way of cooking rice. My late grandmother used to do this before we owned our first rice cooker.


  • 3/4 cup white basmati rice, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cup water


  1. Pour rice and water into a deep saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, turn the heat to medium and keep boiling for about 10 minutes. Stir it every now and again.
  3. Then simmer it on low till water and rice reach the same level, turn heat off.
  4. Fluff the rice with a pair of chopstick or fork to make sure it does not stick to the base.
  5. Cover the rice and let it simmer for another 10-15 minutes till all water is absorbed.
  6. Fluff the rice again before serving.

Versatility Note:

  1. This recipe is for one person's serving, just duplicate the amount of rice and water according to your requirement.
  2. If you are using brown rice, pre-soak the rice for about an hour. Alternatively, double-up the amount of water used; and obviously it will take longer time to cook.
  3. Should you run out of gas and you don't have a hot plate or induction hobs, try using an oven to cook the rice.