Make Your Hari Raya Cooking Easier With 6 Smart Cooking Tools
By Jolyn Chua
May 08, 2020

Make Your Hari Raya Cooking Easier With 6 Smart Cooking Tools

Make cooking your month long celebration meals easier with the help of wifi-connected clever gadgets or just your smarter-than-average kitchen appliances

Whether you’re making a tray of fragrant Pandan Cookies with Gula Melaka, or an ice-cool Coconutty Gula Melaka Jelly, make your month long celebration meals easier with the help of wifi-connected clever gadgets or just your smarter-than-average kitchen appliances. 

1. Anova Sous Vide

Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker (All Models). Photo: Anova

Imagine having a perfectly cooked Steamed Fish with Lime and Chili Dressing –every bite sinks into soft flaky flesh, with the taste of the sea at the back of your mouth. Or the warm, moist and slightly sweet flavours of Cauliflower Chicken Rice that is cooked to just the right second, retaining all the flavours and textures. That’s right, a Sous Vide is not just a kitchen tool, it takes your cooking to a whole new level by improving its taste, texture and quality. And guess what? Despite bringing the best out of your food, this cooking method actually requires less time and monitoring than conventional cooking methods! Now you know why we are huge fans of Anova Sous Vide. With thousands of 5-star reviews, users have praised this particular brand of Sous Vide for its quietness and slick design. Connect this device to your smartphone via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth (depending on the model you get) and you can control your cooking while away from the kitchen. What used to be a restaurant device is now accessible to home-cooks all over the world – so there’s no more excuses in achieving a perfect Garang Asem or Gastronomical Baked Fish with Spicy Strawberry Chutney.

2. Xiaomi Mijia IH Smart Rice Cooker

Xiaomi Mijia IH Smart Rice Cooker. Photo: Xiaomi

Ah, presenting the quintessential item in every Asian household – the rice cooker! When was the last time you heard or read about an upgrade to this well-loved appliance? Well, the new affordable Xiaomi Mijia IH Smart Rice Cooker includes a pressure cooking technology that not only helps preserve the vitamins in your multi-grain rice varieties, it also speeds up the cooking process through higher cooking temperatures (up to 105°C). Different rice varieties (there are over 40, 0001) also require different amounts of water and cooking time and this smart rice cooker helps you decide what is right. Simply scan the barcode of your rice pack with the companion app and the device will cook the rice you bought to perfection. Quality-wise, this rice cooker also comes with a non-stick cast iron pot that cooks your Nasi Kerabu and Nasi Liwet more evenly. Faster, healthier and smarter rice cooking will definitely help you in the hectic moments of Hari Raya prep.

3. Powerpac 5.0L Electric Pressure Cooker

Powerpac 5.0L Electric Pressure Cooker. Photo: Powerpac

Whether it is Soup Buntut or Soto Ayam, cooking a rich and savoury broth requires a lot of patience, time and effort. Pressure cookers cook food about 30%2 faster and uses about 50-75% less energy compared to traditional cooking methods. Sounds like a win-win situation right? That’s why we believe the Powerpac 5.0L Electric Pressure Cooker should be an essential item for every household that cooks. It’s 5.0L capacity means this is perfect for big families, and the time saved over the days and months means more time spent with family and eating (that’s us for sure)! This pressure cooker also comes with 10 different cooking settings to fit all your cooking needs. From delicious Tamarind Chilli Beef Stew (Asam Pedas Daging) to the Mala Molten Lava Cake, this pressure cooker could easily serve up your entire meal, from starter to dessert.

4. Ninja Blender

Ninja Blender Food Processor IntelliSense System (CT682). Photo: Ninja

Remember the viral Will It Blend series on YouTube, where the “scientist” throws in an iPhone and it gets ripped to shreds? We believe the Ninja Blender Food Processor with its powerful 1500w motor can do just that too (please don’t put your phone in to test guys). Their Total Crushing Technology can crush through ice in seconds to create a creamy ice base for any of your favourite Asian desserts. It can chop up your onions, celery and nuts in no time, which are common base ingredients for popular foods such as Beef Rendang and Tomato Tumeric Chicken. Most importantly, its patented powerful blade crushes seeds, skins and stems for a smooth and even consistency. Taste the difference by using it to make a Deliciously Creamy Matcha Blueberry Smoothie or Chicken and Eggplant Green Curry.

5. Amir Digital Weighing Kitchen Scale

Amir Digital Weighing 3000g Kitchen Scale. Photo: AMIR

Add a new level of precision to your cooking and baking with the affordable Amir Digital Weighing 3000g Kitchen Scale. If you have seen renowned chefs like Thomas Keller in his kitchen, you will notice that he uses his kitchen scale for all measurements. Chefs avoid using measuring cups or spoons – they are not as inaccurate and difficult to clean compared to having a small, handy kitchen scale. This digital weighing scale comes with two trays (13 cm and 10 cm) and can convert measurement units between g, oz, ozt, dwt, ct and gn. It’s small size means it’s highly portable and a stainless steel top makes it easy to clean.

6. LG Smart Inverter Oven

LG Smart Inverter Oven. Photo: LG

A microwave oven is often a lifesaver for us busy, time-strapped home-cooks. Whether it is to reheat yesterday’s Iftar dinner or just to enjoy a hot cup of creamy Dalgona Coffee, we use it everyday, at home or in the office. With its precise temperature control (you can tune the wattage to your desired power), you can now prepare a wider variety dishes than before with the LG Smart Inverter Oven. We love its 99.99 percent Anti-bacterial EasyClean coating – after all, we’ve all had dishes splatter our microwave interior with nasty bits and pieces. It also offers faster cooking and even defrosting compared to conventional ovens. Honestly, even if you don’t care about all the souped-up features, isn’t the super sleek tempered glass exterior just worth it in itself?

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