Chinese cooking equipment is a must-have when you are planning to cook as it’s not an easy task. You will be needing a lot of Chinese cooking equipment to prepare the dishes properly. Many people wonder how many things they would need to start cooking food properly. In this article, we will be trying to help them out. Here we will be discussing the most essential equipment that you will be needing while cooking Chinese food. So, let’s jump into it directly without going through a lot of introduction regarding Chinese food.
The first and the foremost thing that you will be needing to cook a Chinese dish is a wok. This is the traditional utensil among Chinese cooks. This utensil is generally made of steel or heavy iron. There are two handles on this pan. The shape of the pan is like a concave lens. You can use it for different purposes such as, for instance, pan-frying, deep-frying, stir-frying, stewing and steaming. All these can be done using a wok.
There is no use of a wok if you do not stir the ingredients while frying them. But you cannot turn them using your hands. So, you will be needing a spatula for this purpose. The edge of the spatula bowl is round in shape. This is done to make sure that it fits the shape of the pan. This utensil is much harder than the American spatula. This has been designed to be harder because it is needed to toss and stir a large amount of food.
It is kind of a knife but it has a larger role than a regular knife. You can mince garlic with it. You can peel freshwater chestnuts as well. Moreover, you can cut vegetables and give them a fanciful shape by it too. If you do not have a meat grinder, then you can use two cleavers at once to get your job done. You can get a cleaver from a range of different grades of steel. There are all-purpose cleavers available in the market. These are made of high carbon steel and have a good edge. Moreover, it is quite heavy and suitable even for cutting bones. You can use stainless steel cleavers if you only intend to cut vegetables. However, there is a negative aspect: it is too thin to chop heavier items.
The Wire Strainer
Wire strainers are the last item that will be discussed in today’s article. This is a thing like a spatula but there is a huge difference in the design. Wire strainers are generally used to remove food from hot oil in the process of deep frying. The wire strainer base is made of wire. The gaps in the interwoven wire mesh are required to drain the oil from it. Moreover, you can also use a wire strainer for steaming or stir-frying.