Wok This Way: 6 Things You Need To Start Cooking Chinese Food

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* Cooking Chinese food at home does not have to be unhealthy or challenging
* A little prep time and proper ingredients are all you need to create authentic dishes
* Use traditional Chinese cooking tools

Cooking any international cuisine can be daunting at first, but the right tools, guides and ingredients, can make you a chef in no time. Our international cuisine of choice is Chinese food and we have curated a guide of basic things needed to get you started. From the ideal cooking pan to a 20-pound bag of specialty rice (trust us, it makes all the difference), we have you covered and on your way to creating your favorite and authentic Chinese dishes.

1. Stir Fry Utensil Set

An essential of Chinese food cooking or any cooking, in general, is to have quality tools. The Joyce Chen Burnished Bamboo Stir Fry Set is a great 3-piece starter utensil set comprised of a rice paddle, mixing spoon and stir-fry spatula. Made of Bamboo, these tough instruments are great for cooking on nonstick surfaces, and will not swell, split or absorb moisture, making them last for a long time.

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2. Premium Roasted Sesame Oil

Nothing is better than cooking with 100% authentic ingredients. Sesame Oil is usually a key component when making Chinese food and Ottogi Premium Roasted Sesame Oil is as authentic as they come. Made from 100% whole sesame seeds, this oil has no additives and is filtered three times to provide a sweet, aromatic and rich taste. 

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3. The Essential Wok Cookbook

Once you have your utensils and ingredients together, cooking Chinese food at home is easy with the right cookbook. The Essential Wok Cookbook will be your guide to not only mastering the wok, but all of the Chinese restaurant dishes you love in a quick, healthy and more affordable way.

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4. Jumbo Wok

Specifically made for Asian-inspired meals, the T-fal nonstick wok has a large capacity for cooking for the entire family. The nonstick interior and exterior make it easy to cook and clean in a fast and healthy way with the minimal use of oils or fat.

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5. Pure Artisan Soy Sauce

Chinese cooking wouldn’t be complete without the use of Soy Sauce. Our pick is the Artisinal Kishibori Shoyu Premium Soy Sauce. Kishibori is a Soy Sauce sourced from Japan that has been fermented in 100-year old barrels. Made from high-quality whole soybeans and a slow fermentation process, this Soy Sauce has a smooth and balanced taste with a milder flavor than most traditional soy sauces.

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6. Jasmine Rice

Our last staple for beginning Chinese cooking is the white rice, specifically Jasmine. Dynasty’s Jasmine Rice can be used for cooking various Asian dishes and meals, is all natural and organic. This top quality rice will be the perfect smooth base for all your authentic Asian dishes.

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