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This modern rice cooker draws inspiration from the traditional palayok

The Tefal Spherical Pot Rice Cooker addresses the challenges of cooking rice consistently

French cookware and small domestic appliances (SDA) manufacturer Tefal Spherical Pot Rice Cooker is set to revolutionize the way Filipinos cook their staple in more ways than one. 

Round in shape unlike the usual rice cooker, the Tefal Optimal and Initial Spherical Pot Rice Cookers have taken inspiration from the traditional palayok Filipinos had used in the past to cook rice and viands. Both variants use the Tefal Spherical Pot technology that makes each grain of rice fluffier, flavorful, and superior in texture, thanks to its 62-degree golden angle that gives the ideal circular heat convection for homogenous and delicious cooking.

This 3D heating with uniform side, bottom, and top heat transfer gives a more optimal cooking performance compared to the flat vertical-horizontal heating of other models.

The Tefal rice cookers also have artificial intelligence technology with Fuzzy Logic that enables the rice cookers to determine different types of ingredients and deliver the best cooking performance by automatically adjusting cooking time and temperature. 

“Rice should not be bland and cooked by luck or what we call in the vernacular as patsamba-tsamba,” says Julie Lim, vice president for business development of Collins International Trading Corp., Tefal’s exclusive distributor in the Philippines of SDA.

The Tefal Optimal Spherical Pot Rice Cooker (RK8145) also optimizes cooking functions with its 35 built-in cooking programs that can cook beyond just rice including clay pot, porridge, congee, steam, slow cook, soup, or even dessert. The Tefal Initial Spherical Pot Rice Cooker (RK7405), meanwhile, has nine cooking programs to choose from. 

Michael Yu, marketing director Hong Kong and the Philippines of Groupe SEB Asia, the SDA leader that owns Tefal, says that Tefal reinvented cooking with the non-stick pan, when it tried to address the need of the market for a simpler and more multi-functional kitchenware.

“This staple food for every Filipino is very easy to cook, and anyone can do it, and yes, you can use any kind of pot or rice cooker to do it. But for Tefal, rice cooked in just any type of pot or electric rice cooker is not enough. This is because Filipinos deserve perfectly cooked rice every time,” Yu says.

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