‘Tis the season for hotpot. So if you're looking to change up your electric hotpot, consider the Iris Ohyama Ricopa Party Induction Cooker. It's got a rustic charm that will make for Instagram-worthy photos. And since it's an induction cooker, you can use it with your own cookware instead of the included pot. Don't forget to check out our list here if you're shopping for CNY home appliances.
- Induction cooker size (cm): 34.9 × 32.0 × 7.6
- 6 heating modes (170W to 2,000W)
- Pot size: 24cm (diameter), 3L capacity
- Power cord length: 1.8m
I'll admit I picked the Iris Ohyama induction cooker for its looks. While many induction cookers are just a boring black slab with touch buttons, the Iris Ohyama has a charming, rustic vibe with its control knob and circular design. It reminds me of the Balmuda toaster. The Iris Ohyama also comes in three attractive colours (beige, blue, and pink). The included ceramic pot has a 3L capacity, which is good enough for a small gathering. The pot is pretty light at around 700g, but it doesn't feel as flimsy as some of the cheaper aluminium pots I have tried over the years.
The Iris Ohyama has six heating modes (up to 2,000W), as well as safety functions that will turn off the induction cooker depending on the circumstances, for example when the temperature is abnormally high. It takes around six minutes to boil a litre of water at the highest mode, while the lowest mode (170W) kept the water simmering at around 50 degrees Celsius. I also tried stir-frying with the induction cooker and the ceramic pot. My first attempt was a failure since I went with the highest power mode, which gets hot really fast. My chopped garlic was burnt within seconds — I probably should have started with a lower heating mode.
The ceramic pot comes with a pair of removable silicone holders so you can handle the pot without burning your fingers. But I would have liked heat-resistant handles. Food also tends to stick a bit more to the ceramic pot compared to a good non-stick frying pan. But it's still relatively easy to clean. And you can always use your own induction-compatible cookware with the Iris Ohyama instead.
The Iris Ohyama Ricopa Party Induction Cooker (S$99) is a handsome hotpot that is easy to use and clean. It's a good choice for a standard hotpot, but you cannot grill meat at the same time, or have different soup bases. You can find it in stores such as Don Don Donki, and Metro. But it's probably more convenient (and possibly cheaper) to get it online on Lazada, Shopee, and Amazon SG.
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