Also during the launch, we were introduced to this very light and yummy Castella sponge cake. The Japanese principal, Mr. Hayato Shiba brought it to the Philippines especially for this launch. Not too sweet, I found it perfect with coffee. Will definitely look for this in our April trip to Tokyo!
Tiger’s Mr. Shiba also introduced their very innovative Tacook. It is a rice cooker that allows you to cook another viand at the same time. If we, Filipinos, like our rice with ulam, the Japanese eat their rice with okazu. The Tacook comes with a recipe book filled with about 40 recipes. First one we tried was simmered chicken with potatoes and tomato sauce. Easy to cook and yummy!!
The instruction booklet says that only dishes in the recipe book can be cooked in the Tacook. However, we tried Stan’s favourite – pinatisang baboy
– my mother-in-law’s recipe and it worked! The trick is to maximize the space by arranging the pieces of meat, veggies, condiments to fit in the orange container. Our Tacook, which Tiger Corporation generously gave us, is 1.8L-size and can feed 4 adults and 2 kids!
|Preparing the pinatisang baboy
Since we use brown or red rice mixed with quinoa, I was worried that the rice won’t be cooked at the same time with the viand because our coloured rice takes a longer time to cook than white rice. I was also worried that some of the sauce would spill into the grains. The orange container has no holes on the bottom and since the sauce sits there, there are no spills as the sauce gets absorbed into the meat and veggies. Also, because the viand is cook on top of the rice, the smell of the ulam does not transfer to the rice but wafts up towards the Tacook cover. The rice was also perfectly cooked – tender and fragrant.
Here is my MIL’s recipe:
Quick and Easy Pinatisang Baboy
tenderloin pork – cut into small strips
fresh black beans (can also use canned but fresh beans are crunchy)
chopped garlic, liquid aminos (can be soy sauce)
We don’t have exact measurements – just eyeball it (as Rachel Ray says!). Put everything in the orange container, put a little liquid aminos (this is very salty! so just put a little). Put the rice in the bottom container, close the lid then click the “synchronized cooking” button. It takes about 85 minutes for the rice and this viand to be cooked. The Tacook automatically goes into “Keep Warm” function once cooked. Easy-peasy – allows you to do other chores while your rice and viand is cooking.
The Tacook retails for P4,799.75 (5 cups) and P5,499.75 (10 cups). It is locally and readily available in SM Department Stores, Landmark, Robinsons Department Store, Metro Gaisano, Rustan’s and several independent retailers.
Now, what to cook in our Tacook next?