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Chinese Steamed Rice Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 2 cups of white rice
- 2 cups of water
- 1 tsp of salt

Special equipment needed:
- Steamer basket
- Rice cooker or pot with lid

Step-by-step instructions:

1. Rinse the rice in cold water until the water runs clear.
2. In a pot or rice cooker, add the rinsed rice, water, and salt. Stir to combine.
3. Cover the pot or rice cooker with a lid and cook the rice according to the manufacturer's instructions. If using a pot, bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 18-20 minutes. If using a rice cooker, simply press the "cook" button.
4. Once the rice is cooked, let it sit for 5-10 minutes to steam and absorb any remaining water.
5. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve.

- Time:
Preparation time: 5 minutes
- Cooking time: 20 minutes
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Serving size:
- 4 servings

Nutritional information:
- Calories: 205
- Fat: 0.4g
- Carbohydrates: 45g
- Protein: 4.3g
- Sodium: 582mg

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Brown rice can be used instead of white rice.
- Chicken or vegetable broth can be used instead of water for added flavor.

- Add chopped scallions or cilantro to the rice before cooking for added flavor.
- Mix in cooked vegetables or protein such as peas, carrots, shrimp, or chicken after the rice is cooked.

Tips and tricks:
- Use a rice cooker for foolproof steamed rice.
- Do not lift the lid while the rice is cooking to prevent steam from escaping.
- Use a fork to fluff the rice instead of a spoon to prevent clumping.

Storage instructions:
- Store leftover rice in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Reheating instructions:
- To reheat, add a splash of water to the rice and microwave for 1-2 minutes or until heated through.

Presentation ideas:
- Serve the rice in a bowl or on a plate.
- Garnish with chopped scallions or sesame seeds.

- Chopped scallions or cilantro
- Sesame seeds

- Chinese stir-fry dishes
- Steamed vegetables
- Grilled or roasted meats

Suggested side dishes:
- Chinese vegetable stir-fry
- Egg rolls
- Wonton soup

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the rice is too dry, add a splash of water and stir to combine.
- If the rice is too wet, let it sit uncovered for a few minutes to evaporate any excess moisture.

Food safety advice:
- Store leftover rice in the refrigerator within 2 hours of cooking to prevent bacterial growth.

Food history:
- Steamed rice is a staple in Chinese cuisine and has been a dietary staple for thousands of years.

Flavor profiles:
- Mild, nutty, and slightly sweet.

Serving suggestions:
- Serve the rice as a side dish or as a base for stir-fry dishes.

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Region: Chinese

Taste: Savory, Mild, Plain, Nutty, Fragrant