Is there someone on your gift list whose idea of a fun evening is trying out recipes from Martin Yan's latest cookbook? Or perhaps you're just trying to come up with a few extra gift ideas while working with a limited budget. Fortunately, you don't need to empty your wallet when shopping for the Chinese food lover this Christmas. Here are a number of handy gadgets that both novices and more experienced cooks will be thrilled to find in their Christmas stocking.
The spatula normally used in Asian cooking is larger than a regular spatula, shaped very much like a child's toy shovel. It's ideal for stirring and mixing food in the wok. From The Wok Shop.
A popular Chinese cooking tool, this mesh strainer with a long bamboo handle is very useful for removing deep-fried or steamed foods from the wok.
Steaming is the third major Chinese cooking technique. Like stir-frying and deep-frying, steaming is normally done with a wok. The bamboo baskets fit inside the wok, and can be stacked, allowing you to steam more than one dish at a time. These baskets are 10-inches wide, and can be used with a wok that is 12 inches or larger.
Long cooking chopsticks are extremely handly for maneuvering food while it's cooking in a wok, or separating strands of boiling noodles. These cooking chopsticks are approximately 13 inches long and made of bamboo with a ridged tip. From AsianIdeas.com.
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.
Made of thin strips of bamboo, a wok brush (also called a cleaning whisk) is excellent for cleaning a carbon steel wok without damaging its seasoned surface. This wok brush has a 4-inch brush face.