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September 20, 2005



Chinese dim sum such as pork buns and shrimp dumplings are great menu items which are not only tasty but also convenient, because we can get frozen ones in supermarkets or Chinese restaurants. These frozen items are great because their taste doesn't deteriorate like many other Western frozen items such as pasta, if we use bamboo steamers. They are round shaped baskets literally made of bamboo, whose bottoms are made of bamboo mesh so that steam can come up through them. We put some dim sum items in each steamer and stack two or three of them over a pan with water and heat it. Lots of frozen items are steamed effectively with them. The taste of buns steamed in bamboo steamers and those only heated in a microwave oven is so different that even a little child can tell the difference. I think this simple cooking tool is a great invention.

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