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Top 5 kitchen tools you need for Asian cooking

Asian cooking requires specific preparation techniques that are easier to master with the right tools. Here are the most important kitchen tools you need to cook Asian food in the most authentic way.

1. Wok


You will always need a good wok to stir-fry stuff in Asian food. A wok is a round-bottomed cooking pot, originating from China. Apart from stir frying, a wok can be perfectly used for deep frying, braising, soups and more.

2. Big Chopping Knife


In Asian cooking, meat is usually chopped as people don't use knives on the table, so they need to have pieces of meat small enough to be eaten directly. A strong big chopping board will help you cut this meat in small pieces easily, but is also very useful to peel and cut vegetables, smash garlic, soften meat. A multipurpose tool.

3. Mortar and Pestle


Many dishes in Asia require the use of a mortar and pestle. Dipping sauces where chili, garlic, and other ingredients are pounded together. Some other dishes need grilled glutinous rice reduced in powder, and it will result much better if you don't use a blender. Finally, some traditional dishes like the spicy green papaya salad are prepared with a mortar and pestle.

4. Sticky Rice Steamer Pot kit and Sticky Rice Basket


This is more specific to Laos and Isaan region in Thaïland, in this area of Asia, the sticky rice is a basic side of breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is steamed in a bamboo basket put on top of an aluminum pot half-filled with water.


Once cooked, it is kept in baskets of various size (thip khao): individual size that people can bring with them for lunch, or family size that goes on the table to share.

5. Rice cooker


To prepare steamed rice easily, put some rice in a rice cooker, put your index on top of the rice and add water up to your first knuckle, then turn on and wait. The rice cooker can also be used to steam vegetables, heat soup.


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