Philips Viva Rice Cooker Test 2

I decided to put the Philips cooker to more test today by making a cake and clay pot rice dinner with it. I found a really simple sponge cake recipe to make it with the cooker.

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First you need 4 eggs where you separate the whites and the yolks.

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Beat the whites with a beater till light bubbles form, add a pinch of salt.

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A tablespoon of sugar

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Start the whisk the whites in high speed until peaks are formed and the whites will not drip over your head.

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Next to the yolks, add 2 tablespoon of sugar, 1 tablespoon of milkĀ  and 2 tablespoon of sieved plain flour.

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Whisk it until all the fry ingredients are incorporated and mixed with the wet ingredients.

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Next fold half of the whites into the yolk mixture slowly. Do not let the air escape the whites.

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Next, fold all the remaining whites into the mixture. The final mixture should still be fluffy and light.

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Pour the mixture into the cooker pot and put on the cake program. It will take about 90 mins to bake.

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The cake is lightly risen and the sides are all baked to golden brown.

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Remove the cake and let it cool

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The cake is generally quite fluffy and light except the centre which did not rise enough. I like the baked taste of the skin of the cake. I would recommend to try self raising flour he next round for a better risen cake and also leave it in the cooker for a slightly longer period. This cake program for the cooker worked quite well although I would like to test different recipe with it.

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Next I tried the clay pot rice mode. I used 1 cup of rice and followed the water quantity as instruction in the pot. I added shredded soaked Chinese mushrooms, 2 sticks of Chinese sausage, 1 tablespoon of soaked dried shrimps, 1 piece of chicken breast meat cut into chunks and 8 soaked dried Chinese oysters. Before adding the ingredients to the rice and water, I mixed the ingredients with 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce and chicken stock flavouring.

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With all the raw ingredients and rice dumped into the pot, just press the clay pot rice program and wait for 90 mins.

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Once the alarm goes off, put in 1 tablespoon of Chinese white wine to improve the taste of the clay pot rice and close the pot and leave it on keep warm mode.

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Before eating, add in dark soy sauce, sesame sauce and pepper to achieve the look in the picture. It generally looks just like the ones sold outside. I find that the cooker did a fantastic job with the clay pot rice except that the rice is a little too soft. The chicken meat was also a little dry. For the next improvement, the suggestion is to reduce the water slightly since some of the ingredients release moisture, add a little bit of oil in the rice before cooking and only add the breast meat after 30 mins has past. Overall, I still think it did a good job as it is totally fuss free. Once I threw everything into the cooker, I could free up time to do my own stuff and before I knew it, dinner is ready.

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