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Top 7 Chinese Cooking Tools


Do you love to spend an afternoon perfecting your peanut sauce, or trying out the latest recipe for fried rice? All of the cooking tools below would come in handy for anyone who loves to cook Chinese food.

1. Pepper Mill

Freshly ground pepper adds so much more flavor to Chinese dishes than preground pepper. This 8-inch pepper mill by Trudeau is made of metal with a padded base and a ceramic grinder for grinding peppercorns. It has a striking reddish finish that cleans easily with a damp cloth. Comes with a lifetime warranty.
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2. Deep Fry Thermometer

For cooks who do their deep-frying in a wok, a deep-fry thermometer is very useful for determining oil temperature. Made by Camp Chef, this stainless steel thermometer registers temperatures up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit. A handy feature is the clamp which allows you to fasten the thermometer to the side of the wok instead of holding it.
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3. Wok Turner (Spatula)

Designed for wok cooking, this spatula has a wide "turner" and long handle. It is made of stainless steel and is dishwasher safe.
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4. Mortar and Pestle

While a mortar and pestle is more commonly associated with other Asian cuisines, particularly Thai and Indian dishes, it is also used in Chinese cooking. This is a traditional Thai-style mortar and pestle, made of granite with a smooth, polished interior, ideal for pounding herbs and spices to prepare spice pastes. Handwash only.
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5. Asian Mandoline

A mandoline takes the work out of cutting vegetables and fruit julienne-style. This mandoline from Joyce Chen comes with three stainless steel blades of varying widths, and is dishwasher safe.
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6. Chinese Wire Mesh Skimmer

Basically a mesh basket attached to a long wooden handle, this device comes in very handy for removing food cooked in hot water or oil from the wok. The basket is made of brass mesh stainless steel and has a bamboo handle.
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7. Dumpling Press

A dumpling press comes in very handy when you're making Chinese potstickers, and can also be used for other types of dumplings as well. This dumpling press comes from Joyce Chen - it is made of plastic and is dishwasher safe.
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