It is interesting how quickly things can change. In the 1970s, microwaves were considered revolutionary – never before had people been able to reheat food at whim or defrost meat in a machine.

But these days, space is at a premium and for urban dwellers living in cramped quarters, a microwave is just another apppliance clogging up limited kitchen countertops.

Which is why one-machine wonders are on an upward surge. Just as we demand more of our smartphones, so too do we require more of our kitchen tools.

This is where the Panasonic Steam Combination Oven NN-DS596BMPQ comes in. It’s a kitchen appliance with a skill set so multitudinous, it defies imagination – it can steam, microwave, grill, roast, bake and defrost! Essentially the ideal culinary tool for modern living, the oven fulfils – and in some instances, exceeds – the needs of folk looking for ways to get everyday cooking done quickly and efficiently.

With the oven’s steaming function, you can steam ingredients like fish without losing flavour or nutrients.

Some like it steamy

If you’re after steamed food that preserves the nutrients in your meat and vegetables, you’ll love the oven’s steaming function. The 27L oven may be compact, but size doesn’t matter; skill does. And in this case, the oven is a whiz at producing speedy steamed meals. How does it do this? Powerful steam is injected from the boiler in the unit directly onto the upper area of the oven. In this way, healthy steam cooking is achieved while the natural flavours of different ingredients are retained. So whether it’s steaming a whole fish for a family meal or vegetables to make baby food, the oven will meet all your steaming requirements and then some.

The Auto Defrost function on the oven allows frozen meat to be defrosted much faster than before.

Auto Cooking abilities

The oven also has in-built Auto Cooking technology which allows for food to be cooked by setting the weight, instead of the hassle of setting the power level or cooking time. For the Steam (Auto) function, users have the option of steaming vegetables, seafood and meat according to weight. Other foods that can be cooked using the Auto function are porridge, meat skewers and many more.

The Crispy Grill function ensures that food is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside

The Crispy Grill function is one of the oven’s stand-out features and really looks to solve dilemmas faced by time-strapped urbanites with little extra time to take on laborious kitchen duties. By deploying this function, the upper heater and microwave-heated grill tray will cook food quickly from the top and the bottom. As it cooks, excess fat is drained off by the grooves in the grill tray, so you won’t get an oily, soggy mess. Instead, your food will cook perfectly, with a crackly, crispy outer layer and an interior that retains its juiciness.

With a conventional oven, you often have to stick your gloved hands into the depths of the oven to turn food around so that it browns evenly. This is often a hot, sweaty chore that sometimes results in burnt fingers if you’re not careful. With the Panasonic Steam Combination Oven, this issue is a thing of the past as there is no need to turn food over, as both sides of the food brown evenly without the need to be turned over.

With the oven, you can grill all kinds of food, like sausages.

Simultaneous combination cooking

The oven’s simultaneous combination cooking is also a thing of wonder, as thanks to the machine’s Inverter technology, the microwave power and grill work together like a well-oiled tag team – the microwave power cooks food quickly while the grill browns and crisps up food. This is done simultaneously, which has the effect of significantly expediting the cooking process.

It is clear that speed is of the essence with this oven as even the Turbo Defrost facilities are faster than previous Panasonic Auto Defrost functions, so you can speed through the process of thawing meat and cut straight to the cooking process in minimal time.

There’s loads of space to cook a large amount of food.

Spacious interior

If you have a large family and are looking to pile more food into the oven, you’ll be thrilled to know that it comes with 29% more cooking space, thanks to an innovative flat and wide design that is significantly more spacious than conventional microwave turntables, which can’t seem to fit larger bowls and containers no matter how hard you try and jam them in there.

Ultimately, if you’re after a little helper that can ease the rigours of daily cooking and work magic in the kitchen (in record time to boot!), you’ll love the Panasonic Steam Combination Oven NN-DS596BMPQ.

The Panasonic Steam Combination Oven NN-DS596BMPQ is priced at RM1,725.50. For more information about the product, go to or head to your nearest Panasonic dealer. For recipes, go to