Wednesday, 9 February 2011

How we cook

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How do people living in apartments without a separate kitchen cook? We have a rice cooker (see next post), and this stove. For equipment, we have one saucepan, one wok and a steamer that will go on the rice cooker. So, no pies, casseroles or roasted vegetables, just simple soups or stir-fries with rice or noodles. Although there’s only room for one thing at a time on the stove, as it works by induction (see post on rice cooker) it's very fast and efficient.

For flavourings we have sesame oil, rice vinegar, dark and light soy sauces, dried red chillis, ginger, garlic, sesame seeds, Szechuan peppercorns and ground cumin, plus chilli sauce. Chinese cooking doesn’t use a lot of spices, and we haven’t yet seen anything like coriander or turmeric for sale.

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