• The Hungry Sloth

Smart rice cooker by Xiaomi

Spending some time to reminisce and recollect my way from my early days until present, only to realize that I never had even the slightest flinder of desire to own a device that cooks rice. Like really, who would need such an item if you can cook it about 5-7 minutes by your own.

But what is life if not acquisition of experience through ones mistakes?

So my best friend and now best man had the idea to gift one for me. He sees the boredom in my eyes and he understands that I am likely to drink a lot of water rather than cook while having my slothy days and he just made the right decision.

Let's hop and see what this device truly is.

By opening the box, I got a manual, a measuring cup, some white futuristic-designed spoons confusing me into thinking that I live into Cyberpunk 2077, a plastic container for steaming purposes and the cooker. The device is smart, meaning two things:

  1. It has a built-in wifi and

  2. You need to download their App and connect them. This is something like a 5 minute procedure.

The App is user friendly if you are not Chinese and user friendlier if you are. You can see a ton of data there like temperature, remaining cooking time, cooking programs (rice, cake), different modes for different types of rice (3000 types!!!)and even suggested recipes. (Most)Recipes are in Chinese though and you know something? It's not the company's problem that you can't read Chinese. It's yours. And mine of course!

Obviously I will stand on the recipe mishap because at the end of the day it is not an actual problem and this device has a list full of nice perks.

The metal container can fit 3 ltrs of foodie, and by design it will cook it through electromagnetism (induction) which if it is not the Numero Uno benefit, it is among the first.

If you don't know why, let me explain (Classic cooksplaining, all cooks are pigs and so on). Stoves heat up their coils and by letting the cooking pot on the coil, the heat travels from the bottom to the rest of the pot. That's why when we leave the pot more time than we should, on high heat without stirring, we get brown food stuck on the bottom. Electromagnetism on the other hand sends heat to the whole pot at the same time, resulting giving the operator the same cooked food as above so below (given the pot is sealed). This warmth from induction is sometimes compared to the father's hug after he returned from the coal mines, like the revenge you took from that slimmy ex of yours, like the warmth that burns your whole stomach at the same time when you got caught sneak-picking your aunt's underwear. And how that is done? Simple:


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Back to the rice cooker, there are three modes to cook. Slow cooking that takes an hour (which is not bad given you plan ahead), Quick cooking that does the trick in about 40 minutes and a biiiit more advanced mode that cooks with the lid open. While the idea of cooking with the lid open is great, not letting the operator decide how much time they need to cook, is not. It is set at 30 minutes and if you need more time, you have to repeat the process from the App.

One of my adored modes is the one that keeps your food warm after it is done and it can keep it like that up to twelve hours. While this make it a bit drier, it still is fine.

Its already a long post, so lets sum up my one of a kind take on the rice cooker

Price: About 100 euro

Price justified?: Yes, electromagnetic heating, various modes, nice App, recipes, needed utensils.

Did I think I need a Rice cooker: No

Do I need it at the end?: Definitely

Pros: A lot, just read the post

Cons: While I don't have anything negative to say about the rice cooker, I'd like to see the App targeting a wider range of end users so we can all get the full experience from this fine product.

Verdict: If you can afford the price, it's a go. You will really be impressed, as this product can easily keep its spot as your kitchen assistant.