Cooking Tips & Recipes :: Chinese Cooking Utensils

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Cooking Chinese food is simple when you have the right cooking utensils. For most Chinese food recipes, you will need at least two basic utensils, the wok and a slatted spoon that is designed specifically for using with a wok. You may also add a bamboo steamer to your utensil for a complete set of Chinese cooking utensils.

A wok looks much like a basic pot, or a large bowl. The shape of the wok allows foods to cook quickly, so make sure that you pay close attention to your foods while they are cooking. Unlike a frying pan or a pot, foods can overcook in a matter of minutes in a wok.

Although the Chinese cooking recipes do give approximate cooking times, you should be careful the first few times that you use your wok. These cooking times are not always accurate, since each heat source can be slightly different than the next. Woks are best used on gas stoves, since the heat is easily adjusted, but you can also used woks on an electric stove if you are know how to adjust the temperature quickly.

Woks can be used for steaming, deep frying or stir frying your foods. For deep frying, it is best to use an oil that can take high heats without burning. Most Chinese recipes will tell you which kind of oil you need for best results.

Bamboo steamers are also a staple in Chinese cooking. Bamboo steamers are excellent for steaming foods, including vegetable and Chinese dumplings. To use the steamer, you need to fill your wok with enough water for the entire cooking process and then allow the water to boil. Once the water is steaming, you add the bamboo steamer, with the food already arranged on the tray, to the wok.

Obviously, the steamer needs to sit above the water while you cook. If you have added too much water, then you will need to remove some of it before you begin using the steamer. Also, you can line the tray of the steamer with cabbage or lettuce leaves to prevent the Chinese food from sticking to the tray.

The type of recipe that you are making can help you decide whether you use cabbage or lettuce leaves. If the taste of cabbage or lettuce is not something that you like, you can also use foil with small holes placed throughout the material.

Cuisinart 726-38H Chef's Classic Stainless 14-Inch Stir-Fry Pan with Helper Handle and Glass Cover

  • 14-inch stir-fry pan made of stainless steel with encapsulated aluminum core
  • Stay-cool riveted handle and opposite helper handle for a secure hold
  • See-through glass cover with loop handle and stainless-steel rim
  • Dishwasher-safe for quick cleanup; oven-safe up to 550 degrees F
  • Measures approximately 14-2/7 by 21-1/2 by 5-1/2 inches; limited lifetime warranty; Does not work with induction stove.
Cuisinart Chef's Classic Stainless Cookware makes everyday cooking tasks a pleasure. Healthful, high-heat stir-frying requires minimal oil and sears foods to seal in flavor, texture and nutrients.

List Price: $ 28.84 Price: $ 28.84

Asian Origins Nonstick Carbon-Steel 9-1/2-Inch Stir-Fry Pan

  • 9-1/2-Inch stir-fry pan for healthy Asian-style cooking
  • Heavyweight black carbon steel for quick, even heating and superior heat retention
  • Durable xylan nonstick coating provides easy food release and cleanup
  • Heat-resistant riveted stick handle with hanging ring
  • Bowl shape maximizes cooking area; flat bottom suits all range types
Treat the family to an exotic Asian-style meal or whip up a colorful veggie side dish with this handy 9-1/2-inch stir-fry pan. A member of the Asian Origins brand of products, this heavyweight vessel is made of black carbon steel for quick, even heating and superior temperature retention. The wide bowl shape maximizes space to give all food equal surface time, so chefs have optimal control to perfectly soften garlic and thoroughly cook meat. For easy food release and cleanup, the pan also features a durable Xylan nonstick coating. The flat-bottomed pan sits securely on any range, including induction styles, and offers a stay-cool riveted stick handle for a cool, comfortable grip. The end ring allows for hanging on a pot rack nearby-a nice convenience since this pan is likely to stay in high rotation. Stir frying lets you cook meats, fish, vegetables and poultry over high heat, using small amounts of cooking oil. As a result, it is a healthier way to eat and you can prepare a whole meal in no time. Vegetables stay crisp and crunchy and meats, poultry and seafood are tender and juicy. Xylan nonstick coating for healthy low fat cooking. Flat bottom for all range types including inductionTreat the family to an exotic Asian-style meal or whip up a colorful veggie side dish with this handy 9-1/2-inch stir-fry pan. The heavyweight vessel is made of black carbon steel for quick, even heating and superior temperature retention. The wide bowl shape maximizes space to give all food equal surface time, so chefs have optimal control to perfectly soften garlic and thoroughly cook meat. For easy food release and cleanup, the pan also features a durable Xylan nonstick coating. The flat-bottomed pan sits securely on any range, including induction styles, and offers a stay-cool riveted stick handle for a cool, comfortable grip. A metal end ring allows for hanging on a pot rack nearby-a nice convenience since this pan is likely to stay in high rotation.--Kara Karll

List Price: $ 20.40 Price: $ 20.40

Lodge P14W3 Seasoned Cast Iron Wok, 14 inch

  • 14 inch diameter Cast Iron Wok
  • Sturdy flat base keeps wok stationary on the stovetop
  • Use on Electric, Gas or Induction stove top. Can be used in the oven
  • Seasoned with oil for a natural, easy-release finish that improves with use
  • Made in USA
With its contemporary style, curved lines and legendary cooking performance, the Lodge 14" Cast Iron Wok is an over-sized vessel that is the perfect size for cooking generous amounts of your favorite stir-fry recipes. The cast iron properties of this wok provide superior heat retention and allows for even heating throughout, ensuring your food is properly cooked. Designed with two assist loop handles which offer a safe, secure grip. The unique flat bottom allows you to use an electric or gas range without a ring to hold the wok steady as it transfers the heat rapidly from the burner to the wok. If you like to deep fry, this wok will run circles around most any cookware and requires less oil. Proudly made in the USA since 1896. Lodge proudly continues the legacy which began more than a century ago with Joseph Lodge. Cast iron is economical and durable. Seasoned for a natural, easy-release finish that improves with use. Seasoning is a necessary step in using cast iron cookware. Oil is baked into the pores of the iron at the foundry to prevent rusting and to eventually provide a natural, non-stick cooking surface. After cooking, clean wok with a stiff nylon brush and hot water. Using soap is not recommended, and harsh detergents should never be used. Avoid putting hot cast iron into cold water. Thermal shock can occur causing the metal to warp or crack. If you are having trouble removing stuck-on food, boil some water in your wok for a few minutes to loosen residue, making it easier to remove. Towel dry immediately and apply a light coating of oil to the wok while it is still warm. Store in a cool, dry place.

List Price: $ 58.19 Price: $ 58.19

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