The Asian Cooking Guide is here to introduce you to the joys of Asian cuisine. Here you can find out more about the utensils commonly used in Asian kitchens as well as cookbooks and appliances such as rice cookers.
Bamboo is a versatile renewable resource with many uses for the kitchen. It is a safe material to use for the room in the house where hygiene is most important. This post will look at the several ways that you can use bamboo to make your kitchen more environmentally friendly and healthier. Bamboo takes only 5 to 7 years to reach maturity compared to hardwood trees that take between 60 and 120 years to reach a stage where they can be used. This great difference makes bamboo an important renewable resource. Using bamboo kitchen utensils rather than hardwood kitchen utensils helps to decrease deforestation.
On one hand, Japanese kitchens are not so very different to our own. But on the other, there are some surprising differences that may take some getting used to. For example, typical Japanese households do not have built in ovens and grills. Usually their gas hobs are not fixed either. Other things that you might think of as strange is that electrical kettles are often absent. Space is an issue too. It is not just the kitchens that are affected. Overall, Japanese houses are smaller than their American counterparts. Then again, kitchens are for cooking. So there are plenty of similarities too. The Japanese people are very fussy about hygiene. Stainless steel kitchen counters are common there.
As you know, rice is a massive part of the Japanese diet. But not just any old rice. How do you currently cook rice? If you are using a saucepan on the stove then you are seriously missing out. The best way to make rice is with a top quality rice cooker with a Micom computer chip. This does two things for you. First of all it makes sure that the rice is going to taste great. But more than that, it also controls the keep warm function. Rice cookers these days can keep rice “ready” for up to 24 hours. If you want to make the best Japanese food then you should really use the best Japanese equipment.