I started Foodies simply to share my impressions of food that I encounterd in Japan and other countries.
I hope to inspire people to savour and enjoy the time they spend preparing and eating food. I also hope to reveal the rich diversity and importance of food within the cultures of different countries. I believe that understanding food and culinary culture of different countries is one of the easiest and fastest ways to know and understand the people. Food is one of the most essential things in the human life and the culinary culture of a country embodies the country’s own history, spirit and joy.
I hope you too can discover and enjoy the different tastes of food from other countries and gain an insight into the people and places it's from.


GOPAN - Rice Bread Cooker

Most Japanese use rice cookers called SUIHANKI. Most modern rice cookers have many features like a timer, pressure & steam settings, high heating efficiency iron pots etc. The price is quite wide, from ¥10,000 to over ¥100,000. Young Japanese woman use also rice cookers for soup, pilaf, boiled vegetables and so on.

Many Chinese tourists buy rice cookers in Akihabara, the famous “electronic town” where they often sell out. Companies that produce rice cookers’s stock have been on the rise, and product just can’t keep up with demand. The plants even continue production through the holidays.

Recently, rice bread cooker "GOPAN" has been developed by the famous electronic company, Sanyo. GOPAN is the first of its kind in the world, and has overwhelming popularity. Sanyo says it is unable to keep up with huge demand for its new cooker. The world’s first rice bread cooker GOPAN can deliver delicious fresh baked bread made from rice!

GOPAN offers a healthy and a happy rice lifestyle for the eater. GOPAN's good point is that you can easily bake rice bread from "rice grain" at home. Making bread from rice flour is not new, but few shops sell the expensive rice flour. Furthermore, the number of children developing allergies to flour are increacing, giving the GOPAN an additional benefit: "Rice Bread" without flour.

One of the reasons for developing this machine is to contend with the increasing the food self-sufficiency rate. Japanese self-sufficiency rate is about 40%. Most of flour is imported. We used to eat rice at every meal, but recently, the amount of consumerd rice has decreeced, especially among young people. They eat bread and noodles (pasta, Chinese noodles, and Japanese noodles such as SOBA and UDON etc.). Sanyo wishes to bring the rice back into young people’s diet. The GOPAN- putting rice back into the mouth of the young through bread.
Video of GOPAN

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