Rice Cooker, our little machine / by Rattaya Nagorski

We run a small family Thai restaurant, so it's safe to assume that we go through a tremendous amount of rice. Our little rice cooker has crapped out on us once, thank goodness for warranty. But my uncle (Chef Mno) comes into work today only to discover that we are without a working rice cooker. I shiver even writing about it.

I can't say it's not a well oiled machine. It's constantly churning out delicious jasmine and long grain rice mix. Once we empty the freshly cooked rice into our warmer, we immediately start another batch. That little machine is on from 10am and works its magic all the way to 9pm every single day. I repeat: every single day.

From my garage we brought back another rice cooker we used for a short amount of time. Our current one then became the one back to the garage. Most likely it just needed a small break, a tiny vacation, before it could churn out more yummy rice. At least that was what we wanted to say.

My heart would skip a beat any time something in the restaurant was broken or stopped working. Was there power to it? When did it happen? Did it give up, or did someone did something to it? Not one person in this world would want to walk into a restaurant and the refrigeration is at 55 degrees. That would be such a nightmare, or something like a rice cooker not working, where it was so essential to our operation. So today was such a quick fix, but now we don't really have a backup, so hopefully the first one took a nice vacation instead of being broken. Shivers, I tell you.