Chinese Cooking Tools Hi everyone, Sarah here. Welcome to our Chinese Cooking Tools page! We use these things in our kitchen every day. Not everything here is specifically in the category of Chinese cooking tools, but may be useful to preparing Chinese recipes all the same! Take advantage of this gallery of Chinese cooking equipment and other useful kitchen tools and we are sure you will learn some new skills!
The Steaming Solution Next to stir-frying, steaming is an important and widely used cooking technique in the Asian kitchen. Most kitchens in Asia do not have ovens, therefore baking or roasting are not commonly used cooking techniques. Instead, dumplings, breads, cakes, and other desserts are steamed. There are also wonderful soups and meat dishes and of course, superb fish and seafood specialties that are cooked to perfection in the gentle, moist heat of a steamer. Steaming is also a perfect way to refresh stale bread and reheat leftovers that would dry out or overcook on the stove or in the microwave. Steaming has gained in popularity in the Western kitchen for its convenience, simplicity, health benefits and efficiency. The traditional steamer is made of bamboo and can range from a tiny 4-inch diameter for dim sum to large commercial sized steamers that can steam several platters of whole fish at once.
The old expedient of using a cloth, or oven mitts, is not very effective in the cramped confines of most baskets, and I often find that I end up dipping the edges of cloths into the food. It actually looks almost exactly like a similar device we use for lifting jars out of a pressure canner but those are far too big and wieldy for manipulating the sort of delicate tableware used for serving Dim Sum. I decided to test the lifter using a selection of the dishes I most commonly use for Dim Sum snacks. The device worked quite well for the fairly heavy bowl you see in the picture above.
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