How Many Asian Cooking Utensils Do You Recognize?

The ultimate Asian cooking utensil quiz. You've seen them. You may use them. But do you know them?


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  1. 1 Let’s start with an easy one! What is this called?

    Hint: It’s used for soups and hot broths.

    1. Soup Pot
    2. Stewer
    3. Hotpot
    4. Shabam
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This dual pot is called Shabu Shabu in Japan and Huoguo in China. It’s used for cooking all you can eat soups with a group of friends, with broth flavors like mala or tomato and a smorgasbord of foods to throw in.

  2. 2 What is this called?

    Hint: The name has been transliterated from Cantonese.

    1. Soup Pot
    2. Stir Fryer
    3. Wok
    4. Kao/ Chao
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  3. 3 What is this called?

    Hint: Lightly fry things with it.

    1. Chao Kuai
    2. Straining Spoon
    3. Fry Catchers
    4. Tempura Tongs
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Grab a buddy and go to a Japanese restaurant to taste an authentic tempura deep fry!

  4. 4 Which one is a Mandoline?

    1. Option A
    2. Option B
    3. Option C
    4. Option D
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    You’ve got some slicing to do.

    Asian cuisine requires tons of slicing especially of fresh vegetables. The mandoline helps. It even has a Japanese cousin called katsuobushi kezuriki (right), which is the traditional way to slice fish like tuna and make shaved toppings.

  5. 5 What is this?

    This was used all over the world but is now most common in Southeast Asia. It’s called Sha Guo in Chinese, Palayok in Filipino, and Periuk in Malay.

    1. Earthen Spout Cup
    2. Tandoor
    3. Guo Kui
    4. Clay Pot
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  6. 6 What is this called?

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    Hint: You can put this on a tabletop to serve individual portions as food cooks.

    1. K- BBQ Grill
    2. Hibachi Grill
    3. Tandoor
    4. Tempura Rack
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  7. 7 Which one is a Water Spinach Stem Splitter?

    1. Option A
    2. Option B
    3. Option C
    4. Option D
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is especially used in Vietnamese and Cantonese dishes where water spinach is more commonly eaten.

  8. 8 What is this called?

    Hint: It’s an East Asian Kitchen Staple.

    1. Electric Palayok
    2. Sushi Steamer
    3. Rice Pressure Cooker
    4. Electric Turner
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  9. 9 What is this called?

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    Hint: It is used for Mongolian Hibachi-style dishes to slice, mix, plate, and serve.

    1. BBQ Sword
    2. Dao
    3. Cleaving Slicer
    4. Hibachi Knife
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  10. 10 What kinds of molds are these?

    1. Taiyaki Mold/ Samosa Mold
    2. Moon- or Rice- cake Mold/ Dumpling Mold
    3. Lotus Khanom Khot Mold/ Bibingka Mold
    4. Mochi or Mitarashi Dango Mold/ Vietnamese Spring Roll Mold
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  11. 11 What are these slicers called?

    Hint: Both are helpful for slicing fruits.

    1. Julienner (Vegetable Cutter)/Dao Bao (Knife Peeler)
    2. Mandoline/ Julienner (Vegetable Cutter)
    3. Coconut Grater/ Dao Bao (Knife Peeler)
    4. Mandoline/ Coconut Scraper Tool
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Thai people love that coconut graters make it easy to get bite size strips of coconut. Vietnamese people use the dao bao to make peeling and cutting vegetables and roots a breeze.

  12. 12 What are these bamboo tools used for?

    1. Steaming/ Scooping Boiled Food
    2. Smoking/ Deep Frying
    3. Dehydrating/ Hanging Noodles
    4. Plating Food at Dim Sum Houses
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The bamboo steamer (left) is a staple for heating and reheating food like buns. The bamboo strainer (right) for scooping out noodles and vegetables usually to put in another kind of broth.

  13. 13 Which one of these is a type of sushi press?

    1. Option Hi
    2. Option Foi
    3. Option Ofu
    4. Option Aeb
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  14. 14 What is this called?

    1. Takoyaki Maker
    2. Aebelskiver/ Cake Pop Maker
    3. Electric Serabi/ Banh Khot/ Khanom Khrok Pan
    4. Egg Bubble Waffle Maker
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Not Bad

    If you chose any of the above options then you were not too far off. All of the pans above make similar shaped foods. Some are savory like banh khot and takoyaki. Others, the serabi, khanom khrok, and aebleskiver are purely sweet.

  15. 15 What is this used for?

    1. Washing Laundry and Shoes
    2. Washing Vegetables and Making Stew
    3. Peeling Potato Skins
    4. Washing Away Melanin
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Laundry Stew

    Yes! Some farmers may use regular or specialized washing machines to quickly wash their vegetables. One man even used his washing machine to make beef stew. He is probably not starting any long lasting trends though.

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