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Bamboo steamers are popularly used among the Chinese community as part of their cooking utensils. It can be stacked on top of each other so that the steam can cook many different servings simultaneously.
Bamboo steamers is said to be unique as it is designed to produce a more flavorful, evenly cooked meal, at the same time maintaining the natural characteristics of the food as well as preserving essential vitamins and minerals that could otherwise be lost by other cooking methods, such as boiling, frying, or sautéeing.
Bamboo steamers come in a variety of sizes, and are traditionally constructed of a circular frame, with a slotted bottom and a domed lid. The lid and slotted bottom work together effectively to keep steam trapped and free-flowing throughout the steamer. The bamboo helps to absorb excess moisture and retains heat.
The steamer itself is designed to fit neatly within a wok. The wok should be filled with water until just below the bottom of the bamboo. You can place the food directly upon the slots. The water is put to boil and cover tightly with the lid, then simply wait the appropriate time for the food to be done.