Chinese Recipe Cookware Substitutions

So, you have got a great Chinese recipe you want to
try out but you realize you are not prepared at all
for the demands of Chinese cooking.

Well, there are many ways you can recreate what you
should have with what you might have on hand. This
goes for cookware as well as actual food ingredients.

An important part of cooking any Chinese recipe to
perfection is to use the right cookware. Many people
don't own a wok or rice cooker however and will have
to use what they have in the kitchen.

A normal frying pan can work as a wok but it's best to
use a very deep frying pan that is at least 1 and a
half inches deep.

Woks rely on oil and high heat to cook meat and
vegetables and if you use a shallow pan, grease will
get all over and might even spill out and start on
fire. That's no good at all.

For rice, a normal saucepan will work but you need to
make sure you have a tight fitting lid. Tin foil over
the top will work in an emergency but can burn you and
is not recommended.

Many Chinese recipes call for a meat or seafood to be
breaded and deep fried. Without a deep fryer, you are
going to have a mess no matter what.

The deepest cooking pot or saucepan you have will work
but will probably splash all over no matter how you
try to contain it.

These are basic solutions but having the proper
equipment can really make a difference. An electric
wok is very easy to clean and can also be used to deep
fry.

A rice cooker really isn't necessary unless you truly
can't cook rice. Buy what you need and have fun with
your new recipes.