A little-known fact about my husband: he spent five years in Korea and surrounding Asian countries before we met and got married. He brought back with him a love of Asian food, Korean in particular. In the years since we have been together, we have eaten things like Beef Bulgogi and Kimchi fried rice plus many more. He is the cook when it comes to these meals, partly because he loves to do it and partly because he is so good at it (and partly because I am a little bit lazy and all the chopping and dicing makes me crazy).
He travels for work, though, and when he is home he doesn’t really want to spend a lot of time cooking. This last trip, he was gone for six weeks and it was all I could do to get him to stop sleeping, much less encourage him to cook. I thought I would learn how to cook at least one of his favorite dishes while he was gone–you know, being the good wife and all, plus the kids were clamoring for some Korean lettuce wraps. Simple enough, right?
Wrong. The first mistake I made was in not realizing that the rice cooker we have was one he bought online. Meaning, of course, that the instructions (including the control buttons) were written in Korean. I thought I could guess which one was correct-but no. Apparently there is a “Keep Warm” setting, which I found out after I checked the rice and it was only mildly warm. We had lettuce wraps minus rice that night.
Last week, I thought I would give it another try. This time, I put just a little bit of rice and water in and hit a different button just to see if it would cook it. Success! So I dumped that bit out and measured the correct amounts of water and rice and turned it on. After about 30 minutes, I went back into the kitchen to discover that the rice cooker had completely overflowed. There was rice water all over the counter and the floor. Do you know how sticky rice water can be? We had scrambled eggs.
Needless to say, I have quit trying. If my husband ever wants me to learn how to cook Korean food, he better find one of the best rice cookers on Amazon and present it to me with a huge red bow and a heartfelt thanks for the effort. Otherwise, I will just stay out of the kitchen while he cooks and everyone will be much happier!