I would like to share with you some of my kitchen utensils which I consider to be practical.
- Zyliss Chopper: If you have seen my Swiss Barley Soup recipe as an example, there is so much to finely chop, and this tool has certainly given me a big hand. It does not need electricity, safe to handle, easy to wash (dishwasher safe). Although it says all-purpose, I use it to chop vegetables only. Highly recommended !!!!!
- Tasting wooden spoon: I came across in Toronto. It is practical and looks nice. I find it special because you have both sides work as big and small tasting spoon.
- Seasoning containers: I bought them in Hong Kong, I think they are invented by the Japanese years ago. These containers make cooking more convenient, you can keep your most frequent used seasonings there such as corn starch, sugar, fine salt, kosher salt, flour, etc. You can place them either vertically or horizontally as you like. Somehow they do not seem to be that common outside Asia. Nevertheless, IKEA now stocks a similar item but much bigger in size.
- Steaming Rack: This is how Chinese prepare steam dishes, we put the rack in a wok or deep pan with boiling water (water level just below the surface of the rack, and then place the prepared dish onto the rack, cover the top and steam in high heat for how long it will require.
- Clipper for steamed dishes: This tool can help you taking out your steamed dishes out of a wok or deep pan without burning your hands!
- Sesame Mill bought from Japan Centre in London Picadilly, I saw this in some Ramen restaurants, now I can serve ramen like eating out with crushed sesame seeds and seven spices powder : )
- Japanese Tea Filter Sachets for infusing tea in teapots. However, I use them for other purpose as well. For example, when cooking food in a pan and want to separate certain ingredients from the others so they are more easily found or to avoid from sticking to the bottom of the pan . See my chicken congee as an example.