Chinese food is generally rich in sodium, sugar, carbs and saturated fat so it is not usually recommended in weight loss plans. However, there are reasons that so many individuals in China are slim despite this fatty diet, and it has a lot to do with choosing the right dishes and making certain lifestyle choices.

By sticking to the following plan, you could still lose two pounds a week by eating Chinese.

* 1: Decide that you will eat 1000 calories or less of Chinese food a day for lunch or dinner for the duration of your diet and that you will have a non-Asian breakfast that is 500 calories.

In a single day, most people eat well over that, close to 3000 calories a day. Refer to the list below, Chinese Food Dishes That Are Less Than 500 Calories or less, to create a meal that is one or more dishes and the list Multiple Ingredient Chinese Food Dishes That Are 1000 calories or less, that you can eat half of for lunch or the other half for dinner (or even the next day).
* 2. Start your day off with a breakfast that is under 400 calories.
* As Chinese food is not that high in protein, try to include eggs, oatmeal and other foods that are high in protein. This will help cut any cravings for snacks for the rest of the day. Refer to the list below called Healthy Breakfasts Under 400 calories.
* 3. For a snack, you get away with one Chinese food snack that is 200 calories or less a day.
An example would be a deep-fried spring roll, which is vegetarian and 147 calories. This would up your total caloric intake to about 1500 to 1600 calories a day, but you could still lose about two pounds a week, especially if you exercise every day.

4. You are allowed an apple a day as a snack.
One apple a day has about 80 calories, a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals, protein and a great deal of fiber.

5. You may have half of a raw or broiled grapefruit as a snack.
Half of a broiled grapefruit is between 20 and 35 calories depending on its size. Grapefruits are also rich in chromium, which help regulate your blood sugar.

6. Drink as much green tea as you like on this diet.
Green tea contains antioxidants and polyphenols that trigger fast weight loss. Green tea is also a powerful diuretic, helping to flush sodium and fat out of your body.

7. Drink a great deal of water when you are on this diet, at least ten glasses a day.
This is because Chinese food can contain a great deal of sodium that needs to be flushed out of your body. Be aware that if kidney problems or water retention is an issue for you that this may not be the best diet plan for you.

Healthy Breakfasts That Are 400 Calories And Under

Start your day off with any of these healthy protein-rich breakfasts calories, which are 400 calories or under. These are all very filling recipes, which should assist you with eating second and third helpings of Chinese food later in the day, because you will be filling very full.

1. Make a Banana, Berry and Oatmeal smoothie at 200 calories per 8-ounce serving.
In a blender, mix together a cup of plain Greek yogurt, a cup of your choice of frozen berries, a half of a cup of organic orange juice (with no sugar added), a tablespoon of raw oatmeal, a drizzle of honey and a cup of ice. Whirl until smooth and drink. You can use any type of berry that you want in this smoothie. Strawberry, cherries, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries and raspberries are all good choices. This smoothie is very rich in Vitamin C, which fights inflammation and insulin resistance and it is also very rich in protein.

2. Make a fast spicy egg, salsa and cheese burrito at 360 calories per burrito.
Combine two eggs, _ cup of salsa and _ cup of low-fat shredded cheese in a microwave-safe bowl. Whip everything together with a tablespoon of milk and microwave for one minute. Spoon the mixture into a whole wheat tortilla and top with the cheese and a dash of hot sauce and fold it up. The eggs and cheese supply you with a great source of protein that helps beat mid-morning cravings and the salsa and hot sauce help stimulate your circulation and metabolism.

3. Have a spinach, tomato and low-fat mozzarella omelette made with two eggs along with two slices of unbutttered whole wheat toast for a total calorie count of 390 calories.
The cheese in the omelette contains butyrate, which is a metabolism booster that also keeps you in a good mood. The toast is a great source of B-vitamins and fiber and the eggs are a great source of protein, to help give you energy and cut cravings for snacks during the day.

4. Have a raisin bagel spread with cream cheese at 400 calories.
Spread a smaller toasted raisin bagel with two tablespoons of light cream cheese. Both the bagel and the cream cheese are a good source of B vitamins and protein, that can help keep you going all day. This is a very filling breakfast that can cut cravings for a mid-morning snack.

5. Have a frozen whole-wheat waffle topped with fruit yogurt and almonds at 400 calories.
Toast two whole grain waffles and top with _ cup of plain yogurt and then top with a tablespoon of slivered almonds and 1/34 cup of berries (such as raspberries, blueberries, strawberries or blackberries.) Top with a drizzle of maple syrup that is not more than half of a teaspoon. The waffles and yogurt are a good source of protein and the berries supply Vitamin C, which fights inflammation and helps with weight loss.

6. Have a fruit, yogurt and granola parfait at 400 calories per cup.
Layer your favorite fruit with half a cup of sugar-free yogurt and sprinkle a tablespoon of granola on top. Add a pinch of cinnamon to stimulate your circulation and boost your breakfast’s fat-burning ability. You can use any fruit that you like, but great suggestions are raw or frozen pineapple, blueberries, strawberries, cherries, mango, peaches or honeydew melon.

7. Have an English muffin with one tablespoon of peanut butter, with one small banana and a handful of blueberries for a total calorie count of 400 calories.
The nut butter supplies you with the protein that you need to get through the day and the blueberries are rich in Vitamin C. The banana contains potassium, which helps prevent the bloating that is caused by eating high-sodium Chinese food.

Chinese Food Dishes That Are Less Than 500 Calories

The idea here is to pair one, two, or three dishes to make a lunch and dinner that adds up to be less than 1000 calories or a single meal that is less than 500 calories.

1. Have a full carton of Buddha’s feast at 220 calories per serving.
This is a vegetarian dish that consists of steamed vegetables, usually snap peas, asparagus, black mushrooms, baby corn, carrots and fiber. It is full of fiber and a broad spectrum of vitamins that help support weight loss.

2. Have a full carton of Five Spice Tofu With Vegetables at 230 calories per serving.
The tofu is a good source of protein and the vegetables provide vitamins and fiber. If you are experiencing weight gain due to hormonal issues avoid dishes like this with soy as they can cause the pounds to pile on.

3. Have a whole order of Moo Goo Gai Pan at 300 calories per serving.
This dish consists of stir-fried chicken, white button mushrooms, carrots, snow peas and water chestnuts. The vegetables in this dish supply you with antioxidants and large amounts of Vitamin A, which supports the health of your liver.

4. Have a cup of Sweet and Sour Pork with a half cup of steamed rice at 360 calories a serving.
The pork is a good source of protein and the dish is sweet, which can help curb cravings for sugar. Be aware that this dish is not the best one for people with blood sugar or bloating issues as it is higher in sodium and sugar than most.

5. Have a whole order of Chicken with Snow peas at 400 calories per serving.
You can also request that the chicken be stir-fried with less oil if possible. The snow peas are a great source of fiber and the chicken supplies you with the protein that you need to sustain your energy all day.

6. Have an order of Shrimp With Lobster Sauce at 450 calories per serving.
Shrimp and lobster are rich in chromium, which helps control blood sugar and this dish is also a great source of protein and essential fatty acids

7. Have six Steamed Pork dumplings at exactly 500 calories.
Season with just a touch of soy and add spicy sesame chili oil to the mix to increase the meal’s fat-burning capability.

Multiple Ingredient Chinese Food Dishes That Are Less Than 1000 Calories

Some Chinese Food dishes are complete meals in themselves and can be split in half and eaten for both lunch and dinner or a half-portion can be eaten the next day and count as being 500 calories or less. Many are very nutritious but they are higher in calories because they often have a noodle component or deep fried batter on the meat.

1. Have half of a portion of Vegetable Lo Mien, at 450 calories.
This dish is usually about 900 calories. If you can, order extra vegetables to help slow down a glycemic effect and prevent your blood sugar from rising. The nutritional benefits of this dish include getting a wide array of antioxidants from the peppers, green beans, Chinese broccoli, bean sprouts, carrots, celery and onion that are typically part of this dish. This is also a good choice to have if you are a vegetarian.

2. Have half of an order of Chicken and Broccoli With Black Bean Sauce and two big tablespoons of steamed white rice at 500 calories per serving.
This dish is normally about 900 calories and the rice supplies another 100 calories at least. Be aware that any dish that contains black bean sauce is slightly higher in sodium than other dishes and could cause bloating. Otherwise, the broccoli in this dish contains high amounts of Vitamin A and C and the chickens a good low-fat source of protein.

3. Have a Baked Chinese BBQ Pork Bun at 440 per bun.
This is the food to have if you are craving a bit of bread. Paired with a soup, such as wonton soup,which is only 66 calories, you have a full meal at roughly 500 calories. This is a good thing to have just before exercising.

4. Have half of an order of Beef With Broccoli at 450 calories.
The full dish is 900 calories. Beef is a source of protein and B vitamins and the broccoli is a great source of fiber that helps facilitate weight loss.

5. Have half of an order of Spicy Crispy Fried Shrimp (six pieces) at 460 calories per serving.
The whole serving of twelve pieces amounts to being 920 calories. Shrimp is a very nutritious food that contains vitamins and minerals that nourish the thyroid and help regulate the metabolism.

6. Have a half order of Crispy Fried Chicken (about three pieces) at 500 calories per serving.
The scallions and spices in this dish are natural fat-burners that stimulate your metabolism and the chicken is a good source of protein.

7. Have five pieces of Honey Garlic Spare Ribs at 500 calories per serving.
Ten pieces is about a thousand calories. The spare ribs are a good source of Vitamin B12 and protein which helps prevent cravings and boost your metabolism. Be aware that this dish is higher in sugar than most and not the greatest choice for those with metabolic disorders and insulin resistance, but if your metabolism is not damaged, you will fare a little better with your weight loss efforts.

Chinese Snacks and Appetizers That Are Less Than 200 Calories

You will still lose weight if you eat one of these foods as a snack or appetizer and only if you have just one of these choices once a day.

1. Have a cup of Chinese Egg Drop soup at 66 calories per serving.
This very light meal consists of beaten eggs, bok choy or broccoli, scallions and tofu in boiled chicken broth. There is a lot of protein and fiber in this soup, which helps curb cravings and helps you feel full. You could eat two cups of this soup and still be sticking to your diet by only consuming 132 calories.

2. Have a Vegetarian Deep Fried Spring Roll at 147 calories per serving.
You can pat the spring roll free of oil to reduce the chance of eating. You can dress it with a tablespoon of low-sodium soy sauce, which is about five calories. Avoid plum sauce, which is 35 calories per tablespoon.

3. Have three Sui Mai dumplings at 180 calories per three dumplings.
Just one Sui Mai, which is a pork and prawn dumpling, is only 60 calories, so if you are not that hungry, just have one or two of them.

4. Have a Wonton Soup at 180 calories per cup.
This soup is very hydrating and nourishing as it is usually made from bone broth, which strengthens your joints and and makes it easier for you to lose weight by exercising.

5. Have Two Steamed Pork Dumplings at 190 calories per serving.
You may season these with chili sauce and soya sauce to make a tasty treat. The pork is a source of salty protein that can help curb hunger.

6. Have one Chicken Egg Roll at 195 calories without the plum sauce.
The chicken and the bean sprouts in the egg roll are good sources of B vitamins and protein. You can season the egg roll with soy sauce and a dash of hot chili sesame oil. The chili oil is a natural fat-burning substance that can help you get the pounds off.

7. Have a carton of Chinese String Beans With Chicken at 200 calories per serving.
This is the snack to have if you want a more substantial treat. The string beans fill you up very fast because they are full of fiber.

Tips and Tricks

* You can go ahead and have one Chinese Fortune cookie for dessert as it is only 25 calories.
* Be aware that this diet works best if you adhere very strictly to the calorie counts, and that this can be difficult because eating Chinese food is known for triggering cravings for more of it after you eat it
* Choose steamed rice instead of fried rice, unless you are eating the fried rice as a meal in itself as the fried version is cooked in oil
* If you are eating a deep-fried item, such as as a spring roll, you can lessen it’s calorie load by dabbing it dry of grease or oil with a clean paper towel
* Ordering any dish with half of the sauce can help cut hundreds of calories from it, as it is the starch, sugar and sodium in the sauces that have the most potential to trigger weight gain.
* If the restaurant has the option of steaming your food, rather than frying it, then ask for it to eliminate hundreds of calories
* Ask for meats to be unbreaded, if the option is available, and save calories that way
* Ask for extra vegetables when ordering Chinese food to up the fiber and vitamin content of the meal
* Practice portion control by eating only the portion that you are allowed and avoid having seconds
* Eat slowly, as this helps you feel fuller faster
* Roll over any leftovers from the previous day and save the for meals the next day
* Consult with your physician before going on a high sodium diet like this, especially if you have Type II diabetes or kidney problems.

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Dan Dan noodles

Ingredients * your choice of noodles, we usually choose a dried white noodle for this dish * vegetable for health if desired, we like bok choy with this dish * crushed peanuts (you can crush with a little sugar if you like!) * chopped scallions PORK MARINADE * black pepper to taste * 1 lb ground pork * 1 tbsp sweet bean sauce * 1 tbsp shao xing wine * 1 tsp black rice vinegar * 1.5 tsp dark soy sauce * 1/2 tsp five spice * 1/2 tsp ginger powder * 2 star anise * 1/2 cinnamon stick * if you love spice, you can throw in a couple of chopped bird’s eye chilis DAN DAN SAUCE: * 1/2 tsp crushed sichuan peppercorns * 1.5 tbsp sesame paste * 3-4 garlic cloves minced * 1/4 tsp five spice * 1/4 cup chili oil * 1 tsp soy sauce * 1 tsp sugar or grated brown candy * 1/2 tsp ginger powder * splash of noodle water if the sauce consistency is too thick HOW TO DO IT:1. Mix the pork with all of the marinade ingredients and marinate for 15-20 minutes. 2. Throw the pork marinade + meat into a wok on medium heat for 2-3 minutes, then simmer until the pork is golden brown in color. 3. If you’re adding veggies, you can stir-fry them with the pork or blanch them. Set aside. 4. Mix the dan dan sauce together. 5. And assemble! You can add some crushed peanuts and any additional chili oil on top! 🙂

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Three cup chicken recipe

Sticky, savory and sweet glazed chicken on a bed of fluffy white rice— promise you won’t get sick of it until day 29 if eaten every day.1. 8-10 chicken wings/drums or similar amount of chicken thighs 2. 1 whole garlic clove (use cloves whole) 3. 1 tbsp honey 4. 2 Thai chilis for spice, chopped (optional) 5. 3 slices of ginger minced 6. 1/3 cup soy sauce 7. 1/3 cup sesame oil 8. 1/3 cup shao xing wine 9. 1 tsp dark soy sauce 10. 1 tbsp chopped preserved mustard greens (optional, but encouraged) 11. pinch of five spice 12. 4-5 dried chilis 13. 2 tbsp neutral oil 14. 7-8 Thai basil leavesHOW TO DO IT 1. Heat wok with oil to medium low heat. Add garlic, ginger, mustard greens, + chilis for a minute. 2. Turn heat to medium high and add chicken to your wok, make sure you don’t crowd the chicken and it has enough space for each piece in the wok. Sear the chicken until it’s light brown in color, add sesame oil, shao xing, both soy sauces, honey + five spice. 3. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally or until the sauce has reduced and has thickened to a beautiful brown sticky glaze over your chicken. 4. Add in the basil and quickly stir fry on medium heat for 30-40 seconds. Serve on a bed of fluffy rice!

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Savory, crispy, chewy seafood pancake!!!

Nothing better then sizzling up a pancake in your pan to drown out the rain outside, bottle of soju or makgeolli optional but highly encouraged. Filled with scallions, squid, shrimp, onion and some gochujang for good measure with a soy sauce based dipping sauce. Your new go to late night food or any time food.Makes two 9″ wide (1/3″ thick) pancakes   3/4 cup all-purpose flour (3.18 oz scoop and sweep method) 1/4 cup rice flour 2 tbs cornstarch 1/2 tsp onion powder 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp sugar 2/3 tsp salt 1/4 tsp white pepper 1 cup cold water 1 egg 12 medium raw, peeled shrimp, patted dry, halved to make it thinner & lightly seasoned with salt 10 thin green onions, cut into 2″ in length, white parts halved lengthwise (see notes) 2 medium carrots, super thinly sliced 2 red chilies, deseeded and sliced (optional)Sauce: 1 tbs soy sauce 1 1/2 tsp rice vinegar 1/2 – 1 tsp water 1/8 tsp sugar 1/2 tsp toasted sesame seeds Couple drops sesame oil 1/8 tsp chili flakes (optional)directions: 1. Add a generous coat of oil to the bottom of a 10″ cast iron pan. Turn the heat to medium to preheat the pan. 2. In a bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, rice flour, cornstarch, onion powder, garlic powder, sugar and salt. 3.Add the cold water to the dry mix, crack the egg and combine until smooth. Do not over mix or gluten may form and pancake will be tough. Batter consistency is similar to a thick crepe batter. If it feels runny, add another 1 tablespoon of flour. If it’s too thick, add a little more cold water.Sprinkle some salt and all-purpose flour onto the carrots n green onions. Add the carrots and green onions to the batter and stir. Ratio of batter to vegetables: There should be some vegetables that can’t ‘fit’ in the batter. If you don’t like too much filling, that’s fine too. Add less vegetables. 5. When oil is almost smoking, pour half the batter in. If should be sizzling (Sizzling equals crispiness). Work quickly to spread the batter and vegetables to make sure they’re even and not too thick. Too thick of a pancake is difficult to cook through. 6. Top the pancake with 1/2 shrimp n 1/2 red chilies. Push down the shrimp so that it is snug in the batter (or else it will be difficult to evenly cook the batter when you flip later). 7. Fry for 3-4 minutes or until bottom is crisp and brown. Shrimp will start to turn a little pink and pancake would have almost set. 8. Carefully flip the pancake, swirl some oil, shake the pan so the oil reaches the bottom of the pancake. Using the spatula, gently but firmly press down pancake to make sure the bottom of the pancake is in contact with the hot pan. Fry for another 4-5 minutes. Carefully check to see if the shrimp and batter is cooked through. If it’s browning too quickly and pancake has not fully set, turn the heat to medium or slightly lower. Fry until it is cooked through. 9. Keep pancake in the oven at 200 F while you make the second batch. 10. Use a knife or a pizza cutter to slice the pancake. Serve immediately with dipping sauce.Notes: 1. Thin green onions = each green onion stalk is very thin and has only one slim green stem. If those that you’ve purchased are the thicker kind with multiple green stems on each stalk, then decrease to 2-3 green onions in total.

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Beef Ho Fun (rice noodles), chewy noodles with beef bean sprouts, scallions and and a healthy dose of chili oil.

INGREDIENTS • 200 grams flat rice stick noodles – thick/wide • 250 grams flank steak, sliced into pieces • 1 small onion, cut in strips • 150 grams Chinese yellow chives (or Chinese chives), cut 2 inches long • 50 grams bean sprouts • 2 stalks green onions, cut 2 inches long • 7 teaspoons oil, divided • ½ teaspoon salt Beef Marinade • 3 tablespoons water • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce • 1 tablespoon oil • 1 teaspoon rice cooking wine • 1 teaspoon corn starch • ½ teaspoon salt • ¼ teaspoon sugar Flat Rice Stick Noodles Sauce • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce • 2 teaspoons light soy sauce • 1 teaspoon sugarINSTRUCTIONS Step 1 Cook Dried Flat Rice Noodles Ahead 1 Add 1 teaspoon oil and dried flat rice noodles in boiling water, cook for roughly 6 minutes until slightly undercooked or 1 minute before al dente 2 Remove rice noodles, drain with a colander, run them under cold water immediately until cold 3 Drain noodles well, put them in a large mixing bowl with paper towel at the bottom to absorb the water 4 Refrigerate rice noodles for at least 2 hours (FYI: we have left it in the fridge for 8 hours) Step 2 Preparation 1 Marinate flank steak for 20 minutes 2 Separate rice noodles gently by hand without breaking them, as they will stick together after being refrigerated Step 3 Cook Beef + Vegetables 1 Heat pan over high heat, add 1 tablespoon oil 2 Add beef and sear until browned (~60% cooked) 3 Add onion, cook for 2 minutes 4 Add Chinese yellow chives and bean sprouts, stir 5 Add green onions, stir 6 Add roughly ½ teaspoon salt to taste (please taste!) 7 Drain beef and vegetables on a sieve, set aside 8 Clean and dry pan Step 4 Cook Rice Noodles 1 Heat dried pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon oil 2 Spread noodles evenly on pan and do NOT stir!! 3 Pan-sear noodles for 2 minutes on each side 4 Use chopsticks to gently separate noodles and try not to touch or move them that much 5 Add flat rice stick noodles sauce, use chopsticks to GENTLY mix noodles with the sauce 6 Make sure noodles are coated evenly with the sauce. Continue to pan-sear noodles for 1 minute on each side 7 Add beef and vegetables back in 8 Stir all ingredients gently a few times, then serve!NOTES The rice noodles are too delicate for stirring and will easily break into pieces and ruin the dish. Please be gentle and try not to move or stir the noodles unless necessary.If you are able to get your hands on some fresh flat rice noodles, awesome! Skip "Step 1 Cook Dried Flat Rice Noodles Ahead”.Remember to dry up the pan after cooking the beef + vegetables before cooking rice noodles in the pan.May add a pinch of sesame as an extra topping before you serve to add a bit more texture to the dish.

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Chicken bone congee

Nursing our 2 day hangover with some chicken bone congee with lap cheong (chinese sausage), topped with fried garlic, scallions, pork floss , white pepper and a choice of chili oil or XO sauce. I love how so many things in Chinese cooking can be repurposed for another dish, like rice or chicken bone bits.INGREDIENTS: * 3 large pork back bones or chicken carcass * 1 tbsp salt * 1 large dried scallop or 4-5 small dried shrimp chopped (this adds a more seafood flavor, so you can omit if you're not about that life). Make sure you rinse your dried seafood and soak in water for 15 mins. * 1 cup jasmine rice rinsed * 2 scallions chopped * 2 tbsp chopped cilantro * 4 slices of ginger julienned, 1 additional slice julienned for garnish * 1/2 tsp black pepper * 11 cups of water * white pepper to taste (I use about 1/4-1/2 tsp in the broth) * salt to taste * 3 cloves of garlic minced * 1 tsp fish sauce * 1 cup minced pork * 1 tsp oyster sauce

BROTH SHORT VERSION: (1.5-2 hours) * Sub 2 lb pork bones + 1 tbsp salt with 2 chicken or pork bouillon cubes * Sub 1 cup of water with 1 cup of chicken broth TOPPINGS:  * Cilantro / scallions chopped * You tiao - Chinese fried dough * pork floss rou sang (!!!! my fav) * fried garlic * white pepper 1. For the bone broth version: Slap the bones with that 1 tbsp of salt and let it rest overnight in the fridge. 2. Put the bones in a pot with the water and bring to a boil. Skim off the fat once it comes to the top of the pot--in Chinese we call this skimming the first.  3. Add your choice of dried seafood, white pepper, & fish sauce cover and simmer the pot on low for 3 hours. 4. Add rice and simmer on low for an additional hour. 5. While your soup is simmering, mix your minced pork, oyster sauce, black pepper, garlic together.  6. Add in your minced pork mixture to the soup, separating the pork in the soup so they don't clump together.  7. Add ginger into your congee and simmer for an additional 15 minutes. 8. While your congee is simmering for an additional 15, warm up your you tiao in the oven per the package instructions. 9. Depending on the consistency of soup you like, you can continue to simmer to thicken the soup. If you like a runnier soup, you can add additional water to get the texture you like. 10. Top with scallions, cilantro, fried garlic, and white pepper. I grew up eating pork floss on EVERYTHING, even out of the jar. Jeromy thinks this is the lowest denomination of meat (lol), but I think it's fucking delicious. Toss that warmed up you tiao on there as well.  11. HEAL YO'SELF 1. For the short broth version: Boil the water with your choice of meat bouillon cubes, dried seafood, fish sauce, white pepper and rice for an hour and a half. The rice should be mushy and break apart, so you don't have solid rice in your soup. Simmer for an additional 30 minutes if your rice has not broken apart.  2. Then proceed to step #5 above.

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