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Anyone For Asian Cooking Equipment?

from: Cooking Essentials - by Mark Elmond

If you love Asian cuisine trust me you are going to love Asian cooking equipment! You might have thought the only thing you need to cook great Asian food is a wok, but there is so much more! If you love to cook, then you are going to want to check some of this great Asian cooking equipment!
The Wok. Okay so let's start with the basics. The Wok is the most important and fundamental utensil of any Asian cooking equipment inventory. Traditionally in Chinese households the wok was made of either steel or heavy iron. And, also traditionally comes equipped with two handles concave in shape. The Wok can also be used for a pan-frying, stir frying, deep-frying, and steaming. The list goes on. As stated, the most important, essential member of your Asian cooking equipment inventory is your wok. You want to always keep you wok well oiled to prevent drying out and rust. A very important tip for all us beginner Asian cooks.

Next, you will find the clay pot. Also considered a staple piece that is used in many Asian households. The clay pot is essentially the Asian version of the English stew pot. However, the primary difference you will find with your Asian clay pot is that it is traditionally cooked on the stove top rather than in the oven, as with English stews. The design of your standard clay pot is such that even if the dinner serving time is delaying well past the time of its preparation the meal will remain steaming hot.

The Steamer, another classic favorite in any good Asian cooking equipment inventory. Steamers usually come in a variety of sizes ranging from 6 inches (in diameter) all the way up to 12 inches. Again, traditionally, the Asian steamer is made of bamboo. This has the added benefit of being attractive enough to also double as a serving dish. Asian steamers also allow for more than one layer to be used at one time, adding to the variety of dishes that can be served or cooked from the one steamer.

The Cleaver, is a must for any Asian cooking equipment. The Asian cooking cleaver is used for many different cooking and preparation tasks. Cleavers are generally made from heavy steel which allow them to cut through bone easily. The beauty of the cleaver in Asian cooking is that it is at once a tool of mass destruction, slicing easily through duck bone, and at the same time used to delicate activities like cutting vegetables or shaping them into beautiful designs for serving.


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