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My college freshman son is craving a fresh bowl of rice. The only cooking he is allowed to do in the dorm must be done in a microwave. Does anyone have a foolproof method for making rice in a microwave? He prefers sticky (sushi) rice. Thanks!

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  1. I have seen microwave rice maker in Chinese grocery stores in Toronto. It is basically some plastic contraption that keeps the steam in so it can cook the rice properly.

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    1. re: Cecilia

      I found mine several years ago in a Target store in New York. It costs around $10 and works great. I still use it every other day. Short of that, you can try to find him a Pyrex bowl with cover. Soaking the rice for 10-30 min gives better results but not necessary if you are in a rush. I don't remember the wattage of my microwave at the moment, but I usually do full power for 5 minutes then half power for 7 or 8 minutes. Your son may have to experiment a little. Keep in mind that during the full-power cooking stage, the rice/water mixture tend to bubble up and out of the Pyrex container...

      Link: http://shop.store.yahoo.com/mendingsh...

      1. re: Luisa

        I'm not sure how much of this actually answers your question, but Uncle Ben's has this line of Ready Rice that comes in pouches and is found next to the other rice mixes. It allows you to have cooked rice from the microwave in 90 seconds. All you do is mush the rice around in the pouch to break it up and then rip the top for a vent...voila 90 seconds later, cooked rice. It's an amazing invention that we use on a daily basis and there are different flavors. Good Luck!

        Link: http://www.unclebens.com/products/our...

        1. re: Luisa

          Thanks for the suggestion! I braved the insanity at my local Target today, and found a microwave rice cooker (now only $6.99!).