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CS Chua
02-07-2006, 06:20 PM
I am planning to buy a pressure cooker but not one from Europe as they are expensive. Maybe Taiwanese or Japanese made. Can anyone give a recommendation if you are using one currently? Which brand is good or value for money?

PJS
02-07-2006, 07:02 PM
Tefal or WMF is the way to go. Spare parts are abundent for both brands. Good deals on these brands can be found during sale time from their distributor or dept stores-looks for it in Metrojaya or Jusco. WMF is costlier than Tefal.

If u get one of the lesser know brands, maybe 10yrs from now when the rubber gaskets are due for change, u may not find anyone who carry the spare gasket. RM300-400 can get u a good sized Tefal cooker when it's on sale. It's a lifetime investment so try n get a good one.

There's actually a Thermos brand pressure cooker which i think is made locally, if i remember correctly its sold for less than RM300. I saw at the homewares shop in 1U, it's the shop next to Home-Fix DIY shop in new wing LG. Shd be ok also.

CS Chua
02-07-2006, 07:28 PM
PJS, thanks for the heads-up. Will keep an eye out for it. So, the main wear and tear is the rubber gasket, is it? What about those cheap Chinese cookers? Around RM100. If it can last 4-5 years, is it a good deal? I can change it every 5 years.

expat1609
02-07-2006, 10:11 PM
PJS, thanks for the heads-up. Will keep an eye out for it. So, the main wear and tear is the rubber gasket, is it? What about those cheap Chinese cookers? Around RM100. If it can last 4-5 years, is it a good deal? I can change it every 5 years.

nonono, as for everything, also for cookers: the matter is not the made in ... but the "cheap". no device of that kind will last u 5 years.
i tried it e few times, last was my dvd-player:
bought an expensive philips first, seldom used it and rosak, rm 200 repairs, no way. then thought try a chaep one, lasts me 2-3 years also. wrong, first repair after 1 month(warranty) rosak after 12 months - note that getting it back from 1st repair took also 2 months, so seldom used 10 months :(

it's not worth saving money on such items !

pcyeoh
02-07-2006, 11:06 PM
I have one which I bought for RM 20 more than 15 years ago at the garage sales from an expat family. I know it is a British brand as I saw the Union Jack on it but can't remember the brand. The mat salleh lady told me she hardly used it and so do I and I wonder why the heck I bought it for. To be honest with you, I don't know what the hell it is exactly used for and whatever it is, won't it be simpler eating whatever you intend to cook at any of the many restaurants. I hate keeping cooking utensils in the kitchen cabinet especially those that are big/bulky and also those that are hardly or very seldom used. Included in the list are coffee mixer, juice extracter. It not only takes up space but after using them, it takes ages to clean them up. So maybe you are better off not buying any of these utensils or kitchen gadgets.

mon
02-07-2006, 11:15 PM
I remember my mum used a pressure cooker to boil red bean soup once and it blew up sky high to the ceiling when she tried to open it. :o

So, no pressure cooking for me. If you still wanna get one, I'd suggest you get a better one and perhaps one that has been in the market for a long time. Safer I believe. Good luck in pressure cooking but pls be careful.

charis14
02-07-2006, 11:35 PM
[QUOTE=mon]I remember my mum used a pressure cooker to boil red bean soup once and it blew up sky high to the ceiling when she tried to open it. :o QUOTE]
My mum also had similar bad experience. However, thank God, she recovered. She is still using pressure cooker as and when needed. The key is to ensure the safety mechanisms are not bypassed before opening.
We used Tefal some time back but damaged the unit along the way. For the past few years, we have been using cheap units. No problem with parts uncertainty since the price differential is so great. Unlike electrical / electronic equipment which we should be more weary about, mechanical items can generally be tested speedily. As far as pressure cooker, only need to ensure the safety mechanism works.

joey180
03-07-2006, 12:05 AM
no device of that kind will last u 5 years.
i tried it e few times, last was my dvd-player:
bought an expensive philips first, seldom used it and rosak, rm 200 repairs, no way. then thought try a chaep one, lasts me 2-3 years also. wrong, first repair after 1 month(warranty) rosak after 12 months
I think it also depends on which "cheap" brand u are buying. I bought a "cheap" dvd player from carrefour 5 years ago, and it is still working today (tho lately feels that its time may be up). And yes, this player was used extensively all this time and subject to various abuses :D A tip on "cheap" brands: sometimes when shopping for electrical items in places like carrefour, u should check with a few of the staff and ask them which brand has the least problem. They know which brand is constantly returned by customers during the 1 week return period.

CS Chua
03-07-2006, 12:18 AM
charis14 originally posted: My mum also had similar bad experience. However, thank God, she recovered. She is still using pressure cooker as and when needed. The key is to ensure the safety mechanisms are not bypassed before opening.
Sorry to hear of such bad experiences. As you mentioned the key is to observe the basic rules of operation. All pressure cookers will have either one or two valves to allow the cook to let off the steam before opening the cover. Even when there is no more steam coming out from the valves, the cover should not be open right away. Quite often most cooks will turn off the fire earlier and leave the food inside the pressure cooker to be cooked further.

Problem with cheaper cookers is that they are seldom at 15 psi like the better ones. The cheaper ones may run up to 10 psi only. Pressure cooker is useful for busy housewives as it reduces the time of cooking. Not many of us can afford to wait 3 hours for the pork leg stew to be well cooked. :D

ahtal68
03-07-2006, 12:27 AM
I have been using one that I bought from a shop/warehouse in USJ1 for a few years now, still good, price range ok. The pressure cookers are from India.

3 liters RM60, 5 liters RM90 and they even carry the 10 litre ones. Comes with a guarantee card, only thing is you have to get them to stamp and sign there and then, staff not too customer oriented.
Their contact no. is 80242255. PM me if you need directions.

PJS
03-07-2006, 12:48 AM
Yea... I forgot to mention, the key to buying a pressure cooker is the safetly of it's design!!!

The name brands will hv no chance of blowing up, there are build in safety valve and locking mechanism which will not allow opening b4 pressure is equailized. And they're made with TUV standards and all, with the metal used consistent in thickness, strength and reinforced. It's actually "fool"proof, as I can't seem to get it to work, only the wife knows which buttons to press and to set it up and all, made me look like the "fool"... hahaha. :D Those pressure cookers are kinda thin and light, and pressure is manually controlled. Difference of day n night when compared to a Tefal or WMF.

I remember an Indian colleague in US years ago who used to invite me over for his homemade chicken curry, it was cooked with a cheap pressure cooker which he brought from India and the food tasted great, but he told me he had one blew up on him b4 and damaged his kitchen+cooker hoods and all :eek: (it was a rented apartment), and had other near misses another time later with another pressure cooker. Imagine if it had blown up in your face! :eek: But he just shrugged it off, guess they're used to this kinds of incidents.

So I struck off cheaper brands from my list when it came time for buying one for our home. Safety first, dun play play!

*I also hv a story of mom's appliance blowing up when cooking :D It was the first time she cooked eggs in the microwave oven and she put in the a WHOLE egg. Guess what happens...KABOOM, the oven door blew open and egg+broken china all over the kitchen... I can still see the shock in her face now :eek: :D

PJS
03-07-2006, 01:21 AM
Have a read on the do's and don't about using pressure cooker.

Among the advice

- don't buy pressure cooker from a garage sales (pcyeoh, you seem to be the lucky one who got a good cooker from garage sale)
- old fashioned pressure cooker needs to be cooled down b4 they can be opened (that's kind inconvenient if u need to check if the food is done or not isn't it?) I believe that's the type my Indian friend used. (People risk getting burned by steam if they release the lid b4 it is cooled off.)
- Be very careful following instructions about attaching the lid securely, quickly reducing steam pressure, and opening the pot when cooking is completed. The rubber gasket seal and the steam vent tube are the critical parts of this appliance; make sure that the gaskets are solid, clean, not ripped or torn; and that the vent tube is clean and clear, not clogged with food.

bzxiao
03-07-2006, 10:13 AM
Hi All,

I've 2 pressure cookers by the brand of "Prestige" sitting in my storeroom.
I need replacements for the vent valve and gasket. These cookers were bought over 10 years back in UK and India.

Anybody got any idea where I can get these spare parts ("Prestige" brand) in Malaysia.

Regards

CS Chua
03-07-2006, 10:41 AM
Like all things, safety is important and observing safety rules is paramount to one's health. Many times the older pressure cooker exploded because they were not handled properly. And when one say the cooker exploded, usually it does not mean the whole cooker exploded like a grenade. It merely means the lip flew off. The new cookers have added safety features and should help.

BTW, out of interest, how many persons in this thread are ladies? Seems to me that it is most of the guys who are writing about this issue. Where are the ladies? Don't they cook anymore? Or are the hubbies doing the cooking nowadays? :)

CS Chua
03-07-2006, 10:42 AM
It merely means the lip flew off
I mean lid. :D

PJS
03-07-2006, 03:40 PM
Hi All,

I've 2 pressure cookers by the brand of "Prestige" sitting in my storeroom.
I need replacements for the vent valve and gasket. These cookers were bought over 10 years back in UK and India.

Anybody got any idea where I can get these spare parts ("Prestige" brand) in Malaysia.

Regards

Sorry, can't help there. Don't hv any info on Prestige. For all I know, for Tefal brand, one can just walk into Jusco or Parkson and pick one replacement gasket off the shelf anyday. Maybe u can check if the gasket is common with some other brands? Good luck in your search.

CS Chua

May be the ladies aren't too interested as to them they just use the utensil to cook and be done with. Maybe guys like these heavy metals stuff more and fancy comparing specs :D But I really can't cook with one very well, except for the 'opening ceremony' when I brought this thing home I cooked a stupendous beef stew and thats all I know, heehee. Wife has been using it to boil soups, stews, and what nots & I just sit back and enjoy it & forgotten how to use it since.:o (more good foods to enjoy as returns for my initial investment eh?) :D

pcyeoh
03-07-2006, 03:53 PM
As I have said, I am very ignorant about pressure cooker cooking. I know that we can use slow cooker to cook tough meat like buffalo and rhinocerous meat till it is chewable but it will take a very long time. Can I conclude that the slow cooker is a close replacement of pressure cooker for those who have all the time in the world to wait and wait for their food to cook? As pointed out earlier, I just go to the restaurant and order the food and then whack. It is not every week or every month that we could such stuff or else we will be like bzxiao still looking for the replacement part for the two cookers he bought 10 years ago. I guess he will be still looking for them in the year 2020.

PJS
03-07-2006, 04:00 PM
Yup, pc, what takes 6-8 hours to cook w/slow cookers can be done in the pressure cooker for 1-1.5hrs, same tenderness, same juiciness. The difference is with pressure cooker u get to cook it quick but need to attend to it during cooking. For slow cooker u can just let the thing simmer while u go to work or go out for the day.

Oh, btw, by "pressure cooker" here we meant the cooking utensil, not the famous Chinese school in SS19 that was discussed in another thread, somehow this term reminds me of the school, hehehe :D

CS Chua
03-07-2006, 04:15 PM
pcyeoh originally posted: As pointed out earlier, I just go to the restaurant and order the food and then whack
The best part is I can whack anything I want anytime but at home since it is cheaper and affordable. The other day I went to SS18 for the bak kut teh with my son and the bill came up to $28. That is alright if it is once a blue moon. With the pressure cooker and ready made spices, I can have bak kut teh everyday and it will not cost me $28 each time.

patrick
03-07-2006, 07:05 PM
PJS, thanks for the heads-up. Will keep an eye out for it. So, the main wear and tear is the rubber gasket, is it? What about those cheap Chinese cookers? Around RM100. If it can last 4-5 years, is it a good deal? I can change it every 5 years.

If pressure cooker is what you want, please dont try to save. It is no joke toying around with poor quality pressure cooker. The cook's life may be at stake. It's not worth saving. Prestige has been around for quite some time.

Oh by the way...with pressure cooker. If you dont use it for too long, the rubber casket is likely to kaput.

MandyMoore
03-06-2008, 11:52 AM
Hi,

I am new in this forum and was also looking for how to get the gasket replacement.

I found what I wanted in ebay - both the vent and gasket are available. Mine is a Prestige Pressure Cooker high dome type, aluminium about 6 litres bought in the 80s. The gasket fit perfectly, I thought I had to buy a new cooker initially. The gasket I bought was coded 57075.

The cost after conversion to RM (plus delivery) is approx RM 50 all the way from UK, a company called AK Electrical. I received it within a week of ordering. Very efficient !!

Try it, good luck.

MandyMoore


Hi All,

I've 2 pressure cookers by the brand of "Prestige" sitting in my storeroom.
I need replacements for the vent valve and gasket. These cookers were bought over 10 years back in UK and India.

Anybody got any idea where I can get these spare parts ("Prestige" brand) in Malaysia.

Regards

CS Chua
03-06-2008, 12:05 PM
I finally bought my pressure cooker from India. The brand is Hawkins. It is the most popular British brand in India. Of course it is made in India but used by millions in India. Prestige is close behind and supplies are cheap and available too. If you have friends going to India, they should be able to buy any parts you want. Some Indian friends of mine have a few pressure cookers at home; 2 lit, 3 lit, 3.5 lit, 4 lit etc Apparently, it is very popular there and used for all kinds of cooking including rice!!

bslee
03-06-2008, 02:31 PM
Ah!..Prestige was a household name here in Malaysia and Far East!.. yes..my mom had one..as usual the gasket would deteriorate over time.
My late brother bought a WMF last decade and it was a GEM!.. WMF is SO MUCH cheaper in EU than here..Here is like buying Merc or BMW!..but the quality of all their stuff is SUPERB!...even JA Henkels kalah!.

jararaca
04-06-2008, 11:06 PM
argh...millions sold. must be good.

product catalog here.
http://www.hawkinscookers.com/downloads/pc_catalog.pdf

brown-eyes
11-08-2008, 11:53 AM
If you want to buy a pressure cooker, it's always best to spend the extra money for a good one. My mum-in-law gave me an AMC pressure cooker and I have been using it for the past three years without problems. The pressure cooker comes with an indicator valve and an instruction book on how to use it. Its so easy to use.. So no chances of the lid go flying or posing danger in the kitchen... The instruction book also have some recipes that you can try..

LMei
30-04-2010, 12:05 PM
My mum has been using the Kelomat brand for more than 20 years. It's a really good brand and hard to find in Malaysia these days. It started out as a direct selling item. All she has to do is change the rubber gasket periodically and she boils her soup easily in half an hour. Anyone using this and looking for parts can pm me for the contact.