Multi-stage cooking using ascending steam is an old Chinese method of cooking and has only been established in the western kitchen by new cookers since , according to Wikipedia. Today, there are quite different steam cookers and systems. Here you will find the traditional bamboo steam cookers that you will have seen on every corner of your holiday in Asia. They typically consist of 3 or more bamboo shells, which can be stacked and fixed on top of each other.
Asian Bamboo Steamer 10″
Sticky Rice Bamboo Steamer Basket - K. K. Discount Store
Next to stir-frying, steaming is an important and widely used cooking technique in the Asian kitchen. Most kitchens in Asia do not have ovens, therefore baking or roasting are not commonly used cooking techniques. Instead, dumplings, breads, cakes, and other desserts are steamed. There are also wonderful soups and meat dishes and of course, superb fish and seafood specialties that are cooked to perfection in the gentle, moist heat of a steamer. Steaming is also a perfect way to refresh stale bread and reheat leftovers that would dry out or overcook on the stove or in the microwave. Steaming has gained in popularity in the Western kitchen for its convenience, simplicity, health benefits and efficiency. The traditional steamer is made of bamboo and can range from a tiny 4-inch diameter for dim sum to large commercial sized steamers that can steam several platters of whole fish at once.
My experience with a bamboo steamer
Along with the wok, a stacked steamer is an indispensable piece of equipment in a Chinese and Southeast Asian kitchen. It is made up of a pot, two racks with holes for steam to pass through, and a domed lid. The shape of the lid is designed to minimize the dripping of condensed steam onto the foods being cooked. Stacked steamers are made either of aluminum or stainless steel and are inexpensive when purchased from Asian markets that carry cookware.
Advanced Search Search Tips. This sticky rice bamboo steamer basket is approximately 13" x 9" in size and is made of natural bamboo. This basket is the best way to create true authentic delicious Thai style sticky rice. The first time you use the sticky rice steaming basket, we recommend that you soak the steamer basket in water for a few hours.