Are you ready for a brief history lesson in rice cup measuring? Sounds exciting doesn’t it!
Firstly, a measuring cup of rice does not correlate with a measuring cup we use in western cooking where 1 cup equates to around 250 mL.
The gō or cup is a traditional Japanese unit based on the ge which is equal to 10 shaku or 1⁄10 shō. Back in the year 1891 it was officially equated with 2401/13310 liters. The gō is the traditional amount used for a serving of rice and a cup of sake in Japanese cuisine. Although the gō is no longer used as an official unit, 1-gō measuring cups or their 180 mL metric equivalents are often included with modern premium rice cookers.
In dining, a 1-gō serving is sometimes equated with 150 g of Japanese short-grain rice. It also appears as a serving size for fugu and other fish. Since sake bottles are typically either 720 or 750 mL, they can be reckoned as holding about four cups.
|≈||6.35||imperial fluid ounces|
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The gō (合), actually has its origin in China (Chinese: 合; pinyin: gě). One gō (合) is 180 ml, or approximately 25% smaller than the American measuring cup of 8 (US) fluid ounces/240 ml, and is regarded as producing enough cooked rice for a single meal for one person.
In Korea, the hob (South Korea) or hop (North Korea) is a traditional Korean unit based on the ge or gō which is equal to 1⁄10 doe (SK) or toe (NK). Its exact value has varied over time with the size of the doe.
Keeping up? Okay almost there. So this is where we arrive at modern premium rice cooker measuring cups having a capacity of 180 mL. The scale on these measuring cups goes up to 160 mL but are actually 180 mL. How is this? you may ask. This is because you are supposed to fill the cup to the top (brim) with rice and level it off with chopsticks or a knife to get the full 180 mL measurement.
So when you fill with rice to get a full 180 mL measuring cup. Don’t forget to go right to the brim and then level off the rice.
Using a normal cookery measuring cup instead of a rice measuring cup is a common issue. Also, wrongly thinking that because the scale only goes to 160 mL the cup is undersized is often a cause for problems. Remember to level off to get the 180 mL proper rice cup size.
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