Check out these stocking stuffers for that Asian cook who has everything or wants to have everything. At these prices, you can keep on giving these gifts.
These items are inexpensive, but they work. If they break, they are cheap enough to replace.
However, don’t be fooled into thinking they are poor quality. These work for their intended purpose just as well as any other product.
#1 Easy Vegetable Grater ($6)
If you buy one thing on this list, make it this one.
This peeler shreds carrots, green papaya, green mangos, and any or hard vegetable you’d like to cut. Squash or pumpkin perhaps?
When I was took cooking classes in Cambodia and Thailand, we used this grater all the time for prepping vegetables.
It is 100o times easier than trying to julienne with your own knife.
#2 Scallion Shredder ($7)
You could practice your knife skills to get finely shredded scallions, but why would you when there is this tool that makes it 2000 times easier?
With this you can make the prettiest garnish of green onions for your steamed fish, cold noodles, or ramen bowls.
No need to think about it, just buy!
#3 Mandoline Slicer ($13)
A high end mandoline can run upwards of $100. That is fine, if you actually plan to use the item often, but then you will also need to make sure you sharpen the blade too just like a knife.
This low end mandoline is great for the some time cook who wants to thin slice ginger, zucchini, or potatoes.
#4 Spider ($9)
You need a spider for fishing egg rolls out of hot oil, green vegetables out of boiling water, or
#5 Chinese Soup Spoons ($11)
No matter what soup you eat out of these spoons, it just feels more Asian when you do.
In addition, they can double as serving vessels for small bites of appetizers such as hamachi crudo.
For $13, you can upgrade and get the notched style spoons that will hand in the soup bowl very handily.
#6 Matcha Tea Set ($13)
Whether you drink matcha tea or cook with it, this is the “authentic” set to have to scoop it and most importantly whisk it.
Since matcha tea comes in powder form, it must be whisked thoroughly to fully dissolve into liquid.
This little bamboo whisk greatly helps with that task and also makes it feel more like a tea ceremony.
#7 Dumpling Press ($5)
Well, this may cause some controversy.
But it’s $4.99, so that may alleviate any horrific thoughts of inauthenticity.
Truth be told, making potstickers from scratch is tragically time consuming. This dumpling press makes it a wee bit easier, so you don’t have to painstakingly make your own pleats.
I have one, but have not tried it. (Since I’m used to doing minimum wage tasks such as making dumplings, it’s more work for me to pull this gadget out than just fold them myself.)
#8 Bamboo Steamer ($14)
This would be the proper steamer to steam dim sum, even if those dumplings came from the freezer.
In addition to being a cooking vessel, these double as a serving vessel.
Stove to table cooking never looked so good.
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