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Culinary Best Gifts ~ Chinese Cookbooks ~ Chinese Cooking Utensils and Tools

Updated on March 14, 2016

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Home Cooking

If you are seeking ideas for culinary best gifts for the home cook in your kitchen or elsewhere this year as I often do, you just might wish to add Chinese Cookbooks and Chinese Cooking Equipment to your list.

From simple recipes to healthy recipes, most Chinese ingredients and ways of food preparation make for very healthy meals.

A number of videos have been included in this hub so that you can first-hand see just how easy it is to cook Chinese dishes.

Chinese food is very popular among health conscious people seeking to trim their waistlines or even maintain their figures.

Many crunchy and fresh vegetables are utilized in cooking Chinese cuisine as well as rice and small amounts of meats or seafood. Vegetarian dishes are also easy to find in Chinese cuisine.

Quick and Easy to Make Chinese Food at Home

The Chinese Takeout Cookbook: Quick and Easy Dishes to Prepare at Home
The Chinese Takeout Cookbook: Quick and Easy Dishes to Prepare at Home

Why go out to eat when you can follow the directions and make just as good Chinese food at home with the help of this best selling cookbook?


Chinese Cookbooks

Could you use one or more of these Chinese cookbooks in your kitchen to enable you to learn how to prepare many of these delicious and healthy meals?

With a few simple ingredients on hand you can learn some easy cooking techniques and follow simple cooking recipes to broaden your dining at home experience.

Why go out to eat or order Chinese food to be delivered to your home if you can prepare these healthy meals in a little amount of time in your own kitchen?

By having one or more Chinese cookbooks to inspire your cooking, your family and guests will soon be requesting these meals made by your own hands more often.

One can take a little amount of meat and stretch it with the healthy vegetables we are all supposed to be consuming and serve your creation with an accompaniment of rice making not only a healthy meal but an economical one as well.

Or skip the meat entirely and go vegetarian!

With the various flavors of sauces and condiments, it is no wonder that Chinese food is so popular!

Learn 'How to' make Wonton Soup - Authentic Chinese Food

Need a good Wok?

Joyce Chen 21-9972, Classic Series Carbon Steel Wok Set,  4-Piece
Joyce Chen 21-9972, Classic Series Carbon Steel Wok Set, 4-Piece

We have had a lot of fun cooking with our wok over the years.


Chinese Cooking Equipment

Having a few of the right cooking utensils and cooking pieces of equipment on hand will make your Chinese meal preparations so much easier.

Take a look at these Chinese woks below and videos showing their use in everyday cooking.

We have utilized a wok for cooking Chinese meals and have enjoyed it. It is now blackened with years of use.

Chinese Noodles (Indo Chinese) Recipe

Is your mouth watering yet looking at some of these videos and great looking pictures of Chinese food?

Perhaps you or your home cook recipient could use some Chinese utensils to help with the task of following those Chinese food recipes? Many of the utensils can be used for other types of food as well.

That large spider spoon is great for scooping not only Chinese rice noodles or won-tons out of boiling water, but also vegetables and other things. It is truly a multipurpose and handy device to have in one's kitchen.

Perhaps you wish to learn how to use chopsticks if it is not already second nature to you? For those of us who normally use a knife and fork, using chopsticks...especially in the beginning. ..takes some practice! I vividly remember my first few times of trying to master the use of chopsticks! It certainly slowed down my calorie intake! Very little of anything except the larger chucks of vegetables made it to my mouth! Gradually I got a little more proficient with using them and have not tried using them in a while.

Perhaps that should be my diet New Year resolution? Only use chopsticks...? Probably not...but it is a thought! Haha!



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Summer Rolls and Peanut Dipping Sauce - Appetizer Recipe

Learn to cook...

A friend gave me some rice paper wrappers and told me how she prepared Spring Rolls or Summer Rolls as they refer to them in the video above.

I love eating them as an appetizer in Chinese restaurants and they are not that difficult to learn how to make.

As the video shows, they become very pliable and the danger if not being gentle in handling them after they have become pliable is that they might tear. That aside, Spring Rolls can pretty much contain whatever one wishes to put into them.

Besides the Chinese rice noodles I have even used Top Ramen noodles (minus the spice packet) if I did not have the other noodles on hand.

Other ingredients that can be put into these Spring rolls include such things as slivered table onions, shredded carrots, shredded lettuce, little bits of thin little slices or slivers of already cooked chicken, pork, shrimp or other source of protein, lemon grass, mint leaves, basil leaves, slivers of cucumber and other things as well.

Choose from what you like and vary it for different flavor profiles.

Your imagination is the only limiting factor when preparing these fresh tasting Spring Rolls!

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Culinary gifts

Hopefully this has given you some great ideas of culinary best gifts for that special person on your list this year. Between Chinese cookbooks, Chinese cooking equipment and the various Chinese utensils...there are a number of gifts that can certainly please the gift giver and gift recipient as well and be kind to your pocketbook at the same time.

Most of all, enjoy making some delicious and healthy Chinese food at home! Once you try it, I am sure you will be making much more of it in the future. It is relatively quick and easy to master these cooking techniques.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      Chinese food is a perennial favorite for many people and Vietnamese food is also good. I have never eaten chicken feet but have eaten pigs feet many years ago. I would give it a try as I am rather adventurous with my eating.

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      I'm a big fan of Chinese food and even had a Vietnamese boyfriend once! Chicken feet are marvellous if you're feeling adventurous and dumplings are a good all-round favourite to begin with. I like the crunchy vegetables and am thinking about investing in a Japanese teppenyaki grill plate for the stove so I can have the veggies cooked easily. Voted awesome!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi poetryman6969,

      We like them as a change of pace also along with Japanese food as well.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I find Thai and Chinese food to be a nice change of pace once in a while.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      Chinese food if one avoids the fried versions of it is really healthy. I think that most people like it and armed with a few good recipes it is easy to learn how to cook it. I do a lot of improvising with my stir fried creations depending upon what I have on hand. Thanks for your votes & share.

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