1. Food chopper
This handy dandy tool is made for lazy chefs and an absolute necessity in my kitchen. I have a small one good for two people, which I use daily to chop onions and garlic cloves. If you buy a larger one like an 8-cup or 12-cup food processor, then you will probably never have to chop another vegetable!
2. Rice Cooker
In an earlier post I reviewed the Oster rice cooker I purchased for myself when I first moved out of my parent’s house. While it worked fine, it is no match for larger Japanese multi-function rice cookers that keep cooked rice warm for days. I’ve since upgraded to the Sanyo brand. There are other Japanese brands that are easier to find in the US, such as this Zojirushi Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer. After a few days the cooked rice is perfect for fried rice.
3. Meat Chopper
Ground pork is a common ingredient in Asian recipes and this nifty tool makes it easier to crumble the meat for recipes such as hot and sour soup, pork egg custard, and much more. Recipes coming soon!