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Best place to buy a rice cooker in Los Angeles?

Best place to buy a rice cooker in Los Angeles?

Maybe Mitsuwa in J-Town?

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  1. Yes, or any Asian market, like 99 Ranch.

    1. Depends on the type you're looking for. From my experience (though, given my seldomness @ cooking rice, I wouldn't consider myself an expert,) the Japanese rice cookers tend to have more bells and whistles (the ones sold at Mitsuwa, Marukai, etc.) whereas the Chinese ones (sold at 99 ranch or Tak Shing Hong (sp?) in Monterey Park) tend to be very simple but consistent.

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      1. re: AquaW

        I second Tak Shing Hong. Many choices, and generally cheaper. The Japanese markets are usually a bit more expensive.

      2. They tend to be cheaper, and just as good, at the Chinese markets in town. The big markets in the San Gabriel Valley usually have good stocks. I live in Silverlake and the A-Grocery Warehouse on Sunset (not too bad of a local Asian market at that) carries several quite reputable brands at reasonable prices. I'm very happy with my Zojirushi Neuro-Fuzzy.

        1. It really depends on how often you're going to cook rice and the volume. If you're feeding your family rice every night (like my mom used to do) or frequently make sushi where the quality of the cooking is important, splurge and get a Zojirushi (the one with the little elephant logo) that cooks more evenly and keeps the rice warm. If you make it just once in a while, just get one of the Chinese basic ones and realize that every once in while you'll get some brown or crusty spots on the bottom of the rice (although some people like that part the best and eat it with broth or tea).

          Mitsuwa carries the high-end ones. 99 Ranch carries both the cheap and expensive ones.

          1. There are tons of appliance places in K-Town, which may be closer to your geographic location than SGV or J-Town. One that I frequent is called Kim's Appliance (I think it's Kim...) on Olympic near Vermont. They have rice cookers and various other kitchen necessities. Or you can order one online...

            1. I tossed my electric rice cooker once I got proficient with the Korean stone pot. You can make crunchy or non-crunchy rice with it. I've seen them in a shop in the galleria on Olympic.


              1. I (a Chinese American whose always had a rice cooker, even in a college dorm) recently decided to de-clutter my life. I now cook rice on top of the stove in a 2 qt. Calphalon anodized aluminum pot, and have great results.

                Other rice cookers I've owned include a no frills $20 one from Fry's and $100+ huge fancy ones from a 99 Ranch (or TS. Emporium, or any Asian market). If you're only making plain rice, save yourself the money. If you're going to make all kinds of other things, the Fuzzy Logic seems to be everyone's favorite.

                1. Marukai, best selection and good prices.

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