A typical college student might resort to pizza or mac & cheese for an easy meal, but as an international student, I know there is no comfort food like the dishes I grew up eating in China.

To satisfy my cravings for the taste of rice, I have simplified the traditional Cantonese style clay pot rice into a dish that I can make in my dorm. This recipe can be made within half an hour, only using a rice cooker. I bought all of my ingredients at Lee’s Oriental Market, a 15 minute walk away from my campus, but all ingredients can easily be found in your local Asian grocery store.

"Clay Pot" Rice with Chinese Sweet Sausage

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:25 minutes
  • Total Time:30 minutes
  • Servings:2-3
  • Medium


  • 2 cup rice
  • 2 cup water
  • 2-3 links Chinese sweet sausages (Cantonese style)
  • 5 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 heads bok choy
  • Step 1

    Wash the vegetables and boil water in the rice cooker.

  • Step 2

    Add bok choy or your choice of veggies into the boiling water, and boil for 2-3 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Rinse the rice about three times then add the dry rice to a bowl and fill it with water. Use your hands to move the rice around in the bottom of the bowl.

  • Step 4

    Carefully, pour out the starchy water, making sure not to pour out the rice too. Repeat until the water is clear.

    #SpoonTip: Remember, this is an essential step to get rid of the dirt and extra starch from the rice.

  • Step 5

    Add water to your cleaned rice (usually one cup rice with one cup water, but you can change the amount of water depending on your personal preference).

  • Step 6

    Dump it into the rice cooker bowl and press ‘Cook’.

    #SpoonTip: Soaking the rice an hour beforehand will create stickier and fluffier taste.

  • Step 7

    When the rice is almost cooked (when there is still a little water left in the rice cooker), add sausage links on top of the rice.

  • Step 8

    Once the rice is done, take out the sausage links and cut them on a diagonal (about 1/4 inch wide).

  • Step 9

    Add the sliced sausages and cooked vegetable to the rice.

  • Step 10

    Pour soy sauce and olive oil into the rice. Season to taste.

  • Step 11

    Mix everything together. Let the rice sit for 3-5 minutes before serving.